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Wei Soong Toh

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S7, SB6, SM7

Further personal information

Residence
Singapore, SGP
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Economics, Philosophy, Politics - National University of Singapore: Singapore

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming competitively at about age 13.
Why this sport?
He took up the sport as part of his rehabilitation. "I enjoy the freedom I get when I am underwater, being able to move about without obstacle is why I love swimming. Swimming got so entrenched in my lifestyle that it in itself is a way of life. The idea of not swimming is the idea of not going out into the sun - it's impossible."
Club / Team
Aquatic Performance Swim Club [APSC]: Singapore
Name of coach
Ang Peng Siong, SGP

General interest

Hobbies
Writing, reading, fishing. (Athlete, 02 Sep 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Representing his secondary school at age 14. (Athlete, 02 Sep 2021)
Hero / Idol
Coach Ang Peng Siong. (global.toyota, 14 Feb 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It always gets better. You have to plant your feet and weather the storm and the weight of what life throws at you because you will get past this struggle and be better for it." (global.toyota, 14 Feb 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 and 2020 he was named Sportsboy of the Year at the Singapore Disability Sports Awards. (straitstimes.com, 08 Aug 2020; straitstimes.com, 05 Oct 2019, 06 Aug 2019)

He was presented with the Goh Chok Tong Enable Award in 2019. (Mediacorp Facebook page, 11 May 2020)

He was a torch bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2015 ASEAN Para Games in Singapore. (straitstimes.com, 04 Dec 2015; insidethegames.biz, 03 Dec 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (asiaprofessionalspeakersconvention.com, 04 Sep 2020)
Impairment
He has damaged muscle nerves in his legs as a result of the effects of polio. He contracted the illness at age two. (straitstimes.com, 22 Apr 2015)