FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
24 April 2006
That’s how close Singapore’s golden girl, Theresa Goh, was from breaking a world record during the Telkom South Africa (SA) National Aquatic Championship.
Say ‘Theresa Goh’. How many seconds did that take?
It must be an eternity as compared to how close Theresa was to breaking a world record in 50m Breaststroke yesterday – 0.05 seconds.
Between 18 April to 23 April, in a mere six-day period, Singapore broke three FESPIC Games records in 50m Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly and 100m Butterfly. The FESPIC Games is the highest level of competition for athletes with disability, after the Paralympics, for nations in the Far East and South Pacific region.
All these, to the credit of two persons who travelled to the far continent of South Africa to find out where Singapore stands in the international arena – Theresa Goh and Coach Ang Peng Siong.
Even though the duo did not make it in time for the first day events, their fighting spirits were not dampened and it soon showed as Theresa gave stellar performances in the remaining events.
The Telkom SA National Aquatic Championship is one of the few events sanctioned by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). This means that all timings clocked in the events will be entered into the IPC Swimming Rankings. Theresa will soon know how far up she is ‘promoted’ on the international chart once her timings are entered.
This is Theresa’s prelude to the IPC World Swimming Championships, which will also be held in South Africa this November. With exposure to the Telkom Games, Theresa can familiarize herself with South Africa’s climate, environment and competition conditions, allowing her to adapt readily and devise strategies for the IPC World Swimming Championships.
The IPC World Swimming Championships is an event athletes must participate to qualify for the Beijing 2008 Paralympics. With Theresa’s continued achievements and improvements, Mr Kevin Wong, Executive Director of the Singapore Disability Sports Council, is confident that a Paralympics medal is within reach, “The training program we have initiated for her and other disability sports are bearing fruits. Team Singapore is in good stead for the 2008 Beijing Games.”
Theresa and Coach Ang Peng Siong, returns to Singapore tomorrow morning via SQ 479 at Changi Airport Terminal 2, 7:05 a.m.
Results of Theresa Goh’s events in Telkom SA National Aquatic Swimming Championship
50m Breast Stroke - Personal Best. 0.05s off world record. Broke FESPIC Games record.
50m Butterfly - Personal Best. Broke FESPIC Games record.
100m Butterfly - Personal Best. Broke FESPIC Games record in both heats and finals.
200m Individual Medley - Personal Best.