The third edition of th Asian Para Games was held in Jakarta, Indonesia from 6th to 13th October 2018. This was the first time Indonesia hosted a major game, with about 3000 athletes from 43 countries participating in 18 sports; 15 Paralympic and 3 Non-Paralympic sports.
This was the second largest Team Singapore contingent fielded with a contingent size of 44 athletes taking part in 10 sports: Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Boccia, Cycling, Lawn Bowls, Powerlifting, Shooting, Swimming and Tenpin Bowling in the Asian Para Games. This contingent was led by Chef-De Mission, Mr Ali.
Team Singapore clinched a total of 10 medals (3 Gold, 2 Silver and 5 Bronze) across 4 sports; Swimming, Tenpin Bowling, Boccia and Cycling. Compared to the historical average of 5.5 total medals per Asian Para Games, Team Singapore did significantly better in the Jakarta 2018 Asian Para Games, almost doubling the amount of medals obtained in this games. In addition, Team Singapore also broke historic records on all fronts – attaining the best ever ranking on the medal table thus far, finishing 16th place of 43 countries and achieving a total of 28 Personal Best (14) and Season Best (14).
Toh Wei Soong and Yip Pin Xiu won a total of 3 medals each in Swimming with Toh Wei Soong won 2 gold and 1 bronze medals, setting best times for all his events. On the other hand, Pin Xiu also won her first medals in the Asian Para Games. These include a gold medal in her pet event in the Women’s 50m Backstroke S4 as well as bronze medals in both the Women’s 100m Freestyle S4(1- 4) and Women’s 50m Freestyle S4(1- 4).
In Tenpin Bowling, the first silver medal was attained by debutant Diane Neo in the Women’s Singles TPB4. Tan Swang Hee also won his first individual medal (Joint-Bronze) in the Asian Para Games in the Men’s Singles TPB10.
Boccia and Cycling also achieved their first-ever Asian Para Games medals. In cycling, debutants Emily Lee and pilot Sarah Tan attained bronze medals in the Women’s 72km Road Race while in Boccia, Toh Sze Ning, Nurlasyiqah Mohd Taha and Faye Lim attained a silver medal in the Mixed BC3 Pairs.
Apart from the games, there were two athletes that make history for Singapore in the international scene with regards to sports. Our para archer, Nur Syahidah Alim, was selected into the Asian Paralympic Committee Athletes Commission whereby out of the whole 43 countries in Asia, only 5 outstanding para athletes were chosen into this prestige athletes committee. As for Yip Pin Xiu, she was awarded the World Para Series Best Female Athlete S/SB 1-3 accolade for High Support Needs Athlete from World Para Swimming. She was one of only four winners in the world, and the only Asian athlete to receive the award.