Yip Pin Xiu
We’re ever so proud to showcase another local talent of ours that made waves in the Olympic Pool of Rio De Janeiro for the 2016 Paralympic games.
Truth be told, I was never a fan of the games, but ever since Joseph Schooling shot our little red dot to fame with his swimming prowess by besting Michael Phelps in the pool, the swimming fraternity in Singapore has just skyrocketed ever since. And with the achievement of Yip Pin Xiu, it further propelled our little state into glory. I’m kinda getting the hunch that apart from being known as a renowned medical and financial hub, we’re gonna be heading in the direction of schooling swimmers to Olympic standards.
Below is a video pulled from Youtube on our girl’s achievement in the pool. She’s in lane 3 :-
It’s heartwarming to know that the face that emerged from behind the curtains was of a local, smiley-faced 24-year old girl. Not of those multi-million dollar imported paddlers from the provinces of China eh 😹. Which begs my next question, were there any imported talent in the Paralympics? Have you heard of any? Cos I for sure have no idea of them.
Perseverance and Hard Work
Pin Xiu is an epitome of relentless passion coupled with hard work. To see these athletes even taking the bold step in competing in a fully-abled sport of men, is something that they have to be saluted for. If only scientists or doctors are able to extract that particular serum that these paralympians produce during their training and exhibition, I’d certainly be one of those who’ll be grabbing that particular ingredient that exists in their mind-set.
Table-Tennis. Is the word that comes to mind if someone were to pose a question to me about Singapore’s favorite sport. And the next would be a certain China-born player named Fang something- I can’t even remember her name lol.
Many attempts had been made by the Singapore government to promote a better competitive spirit among us. From the Soccer vision of 2010-when our previous Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong mentioned that we had to achieve better standard in our soccer, to the paddlers from China that we embraced Singapore Citizenship, and to the monetary rewards that the medalists receive upon bringing glory back home.
It’s all pieces of garb if you ask me. For sure, splurging the moolah on them would spur quite a significant bit for the cause, but what is it that really drives the likes of J.Schooling and Yip Pin Xiu to success?
If we recall from the reports about Joseph Schooling-he was only awarded a measly bursary of about $10,000 for his training, not identified as being good enough to be enrolled and trained under Singapore’s tutorship in the pool, his parents had to sell away their home to fund their son’s further training in Texas! He proved the underdog and proved his mantle. Kudos to the kid.
We’re still wringing in more info about our heroine Pin Xiu, stay tuned 😋