That brings us to the end of the Validation Exercises for January.

It’s been a crazy month filled with Judo, Wrestling, Taekwondo, Boxing, Handball and Fencing Tournaments that brought together the best of the nation and even foreign nations too!

The international tournaments saw countries like South Africa, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong and India flying in to compete!

We had great moments, crazy moments, “freakoutbecauseofamistakewemade” moments, shouting moments, moments where we wanted to cheer for Singapore but couldn’t because we’re supposed to be unbiased and general moments where we had pumped in so much energy and effort that all we wanted to do was fall asleep in a heap under the table.

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Feeling irritated by the humidity and the unbearable weather these days? Get involved in the WaterFest Singapore this year!

Running consecutively for the 4th year, the 6-week (30 Aug – 12 Oct) water festival is packed with favourite water and land-based activites for both young and old, such as swimming, sailing, volleyball, Frisbee and wakeboarding. Participants can also attend a series of sporting clincs and try out different sports. No one will be left out as there will be something fun and exciting for everyone!

Here are some current ongoing events…

Family & Children

  • Rafting & Kayaking Try-outs
    30 Aug – 12 Oct (Every Saturday & Sunday)
  • HSBC Junior Riders
    Daily (Ongoing)
  • Family Kayaking/Jet-Ski Fun Ride/Banana boat Fun Ride & Fun Cruise
    20-21 Sep
  • Playboating Performance
    6 Sep – 11 Oct (Every Saturday)
  • Treasure Hunt
    7 Sep – 12 Oct (Every Sunday)

Lifestyle & Fashion

  • Discover Scuba
    30 Aug – 5 Aug
  • Wakeboarding Try-outs
    30 Aug – 12 Oct
  • Learn To Play Aqua Aerobics Course Free Trial
    30 Aug – 12 Oct
  • Singapore – Coral Traingle Reef Expedition
    30 Aug – 12 Oct

Check out the WaterFest Singapore ’08 official website for more details.

Sound exciting don’t they?

Images from WaterFest Singapore Gallery

The water feels great, jump in today!

Those who went for an afternoon movie at Cineleisure on Saturday, 20 Sept would have probably seen a huge crowd outside.

If you did not know what the commotion was, it was our Team Singapore Paralympians celebrating their victory at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games with the public.

Guest of Honour, Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan (Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports) and Mr. Teo Ser Luck, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, were two of the few distinguished guests to grace the celebration.

Have you ever seen 6 Aston Martin sport cars behind one another on the busy road of Orchard before? The paralympians ARRIVED IN STYLE after a city tour in those Aston Martins.

They looked super cool while getting off the sport cars!

There were loud cheers by the young and energetic Team Singapore ambassadors, music performances and a whole lot of media there to cover this momentous occasion.

What’s there not to celebrate when the paralympians bagged 2 bronze, 1 silver and 1 gold medal?

View the full flickr set (80 images)

She’s a rising star in the local sports scene, so don’t miss this exclusive interview with Tao Li.

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For those who do not understand Chinese, read the rest of the post to view the English transcript of the interview.

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Our paralympic heroes like swimmer Yip Pin Xiu and equestrian rider Laurentia Tan touched down safely at Changi Airport Terminal 3 yesterday evening after competing in the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Family members, schoolmates, the media, fans and even Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan (Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports) all made the trip to welcome home their heroes and offer their congratulations.

Just for the record, 16-year old swimmer Yip Pin Xiu made history by winning Singapore’s first ever gold-medal in the 50m backstroke, as well as a silver medal in the 50m freestyle event. She also set 2 world records while qualifying – 57.92 for the 50m backstroke and 58.05 seconds for the 50m freestyle.

Another lady that did us proud was Laurentia Tan, who won two bronze medals in the Equestrian Individual Freestyle Test – Grade 1A event.

Failed to rush down to the airport last night? Fret not ’cause you can still catch them at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games Celebratory Event tomorrow (20th Sept) at Orchard Cineleisure, 3-5pm.

Do come back again for juicy interviews!

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Yip flips her way to a good start (Source: Straits Times Blog)

Yip Pin Xiu has broken some things again.

She broke her second World and Paralympic record in the 50-metre backstroke heats with a timing of 57.92 seconds on Monday, 15 September.

In the same day, she broke another record, winning Singapore’s first Paralympic gold in the 50-metre backstroke finals with a timing of 58.75 seconds.

What’s amazing about all this? She is just a 16-year-old girl, who studies at Bendemeer secondary. She suffers from muscular dystrophy, which affects her muscle movement.

Her doctor said that her skeletal muscles will degenerate till she reaches the age of 20 when her condition will stabilize. Her eyesight will also become worse because of a nerve condition.

Though such news would have shattered most of us, she went on to shatter more records. She is Singapore’s first Paralympic gold medalist with two World and Paralympic records under her belt.

Click here to view the results sheet of her 50-metre backstroke swim.

Click here to read a news report about her win.

Click here to see some cool pictures of local athletes in the Paralympics.

Here’s another treat for Singaporeans. Swimmer Yip Pin Xiu won Singapore’s first Paralympic silver medal in the 50-metre freestyle in Beijing on Saturday, 13 September.

She even broke the world and paralympic record in the heats with the timing of 57.04 seconds. However, she finished with 57.43 sec in the finals. Nonetheless, Yip Pin Xiu still finished strong and manged to bring a medal back to Singapore. 🙂

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Smiling proudly (source: Channel NewsAsia)

Click here to read a news report of Yip’s win.

Click here to see the result sheet of the 50-metre freestyle swim.