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Zhi Wei Wong

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S13, SB13, SM13

Further personal information

Residence
Singapore
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Mandarin
Higher education
Psychology - National University of Singapore: Singapore

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four, and started training more seriously at age 13 in Singapore.
Why this sport?
The sport was recommended to him as a way of staying fit. "My vision is not good but my other senses would be sharper in the water and I would feel more comfortable."

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Singapore
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Nicknames
ZW (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Hobbies
Gaming. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Singaporean Para swimmer Yip Pin Xiu. (myactivesg.com, 17 Sep 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Dare to dream and dare to live." (channelnewsasia.com, 03 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
He was presented with the Goh Chok Tong Enable Award in 2019. (Mediacorp Facebook page, 04 May 2020; channelnewsasia.com, 03 Jul 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (sdsc.org.sg, 21 Dec 2020)
Impairment
He has bilateral disc coloboma. His condition means he is completely blind in his right eye and has reduced vision in his left eye. (tnp.sg, 10 May 2019; straitstimes.com, 07 Jun 2017; The Straits Times YouTube channel, 06 Jun 2017)
Other information
KIDNEY TRANSPLANT
A kidney problem meant he had to stop competitive training in the first grade of high school. He was able to find an organ donor and underwent a kidney transplant in the People's Republic of China in January 2020. He began competing again in December 2020. "Although I have limited eye sight, I can still pursue my passion for swimming. I want to be a professional athlete. Swimming is an important part of my life. Not being able to swim is like a missing piece in my life. At that time, I felt that I had lost my purpose in life." (iedusg.com, 20 Feb 2021; sdsc.org.sg, 21 Dec 2020)