DP student smashes records at ASEAN Para Games in Malaysia
Toh Wei Soong, a 19-year old Singaporean paralympic swimmer and an IB student preparing for his upcoming examinations, talks about the importance of balancing his training schedule with his studying.
On 18 September 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, he swam to victory at the ASEAN Para Games’ (APG) 100 meter freestyle, earning Singapore it’s first gold medal and smashing the previous record from 2008. This is not the first APG success for Wei Soong, a Diploma Programme (DP) student at the Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) in Singapore who was diagnosed with transverse myelitis at age two, restricting the use of his lower legs.
"My focus has been to put in good effort on a day-to-day basis. It's my belief that with persistent effort, rewards will reap themselves,” he explains.
He continued his success by winning the 50 meter freestyle, beating both his personal best and the Asean Para Games’ record.
"Coming into the Games, my target was simply to do my best and follow the strategies set by my coaches and I am quite happy with my results so far," says Wei Soong, who even brought his study materials with him so he can revise for the exams. "My preparation for the Games was a balance between the two (training and studying) and I am satisfied."
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