For Immediate Release
11 September 2008
As thousands of people watched on at the competition arena in Shatin, Hongkong, tonight, Singapore rider Laurentia Tan strutted ‘Nothing to Lose’ confidently through an Oriental melody, despite her inability to hear the music. She skillfully maneuvered Harvey through a course of shouldering, walking and trotting, impressing judges to a 70.167% finish, successfully gaining Singapore its second bronze medal at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.
Tan made history as Singapore’s first Paralympic medalist when she won a bronze medal in her first event - the Individual Championship Test Grade 1a on 9 September.
Despite this being her debut to the Paralympic Games, Tan made an impeccable impression on the five judges throughout her two events, successfully winning her second medal tonight in the Individual Freestyle Championship Test Grade 1a.
She ranked third (bronze) behind Great Britain’s S Christiansen who was on ‘Lambrusco III’ (76.166%) and Anne Dunham who was on ‘Teddy’ (73.333%).
On her win, Tan says that she did not expect it but she enjoyed the ride, and is speechless with her victory.
Tan will be joining the rest of the Singapore team on Sunday, 14th September, in Beijing for the Closing Ceremony on 17th September. She will be returning to Singapore with the team on 18th September for a celebration prior to returning to London.