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Para swimmer urges educators to help students with disabilities chase their dreams

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Singaporean Para swimmer Toh Wei Soong’s journey in sport was kickstarted when his teacher at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), Mr Chan Chee Wei, invited him to represent the school at a swimming meet.

Earlier this month  (Nov 11), the athlete gave precious insights to more than 45 people who attended a workshop to equip educators and staff of social service organisations with the knowledge and tools to aid para athletes in their pursuit of high performance sport, said a press release from the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC).

Among the topics discussed in the Sports Talent Pathway Workshop were impairment and classification procedures, disability sports and the local and international competition landscape, while toolkits that educators can rely on to lead projects in their schools or organisations were also provided. Staff from Borneo Motors (Singapore) human resources team also shared about the company’s inclusive employment practices, along with how sports equips one with transferable skills such as resilience, pursuit of excellence and strong interpersonal skills.

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