TOH WEI SOONG

Creating an inclusive society would be this para swimmer’s ultimate victory.

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His Sport Impossible

Despite his disability, Wei Soong went to a regular school, where he was treated like everyone else. It was a big life lesson on the importance of equality, and instilled values in him that he applies both to sports and life beyond the pool. In 2015, he won three gold medals at ASEAN Para Games in front of his home crowd. Continuing to power his way to success after success, he has recently won a bronze at the 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, Australia.

“The biggest challenge when I started out, was that I didn't even know there were big opportunities for me to swim competitively.”

His Social Impossible

Wei Soong was diagnosed with the rare condition of transverse myelitis at the age of two. Paralympic sports had a low profile and participation wasn’t actively encouraged, hence just setting his goals was a challenge. So when he began swimming, he didn’t know how far his sport could potentially take him. He had no idea that one day, he might be swimming for his country on an international stage. When he is not pushing for wins in the pool, he aims to push away stigmas with Toyota. By creating a greater awareness of the disabled and showing their huge potential, he aims to bring about change, through greater equality, across all of Singapore.

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