WOMENTALK S01 E01: YIP PIN XIU (SINGAPORE)

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Pin Xiu was born with Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disorder that slowly breaks down the muscles. When she was five, she started swimming to improve her health and strengthen her muscles. Nevertheless, by the age of eleven, she had lost her ability to walk and had to use a wheelchair. Despite this, Pin Xiu won Singapore's first ever Olympic gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics in the 50-metre backstroke finals. Her time of 58.75s was way ahead of Britain's Fran Williamson who took the silver in 1:06.07s.
 What drives Pin Xiu? What keeps her going? And has she ever wondered what her life would be like without Muscular Dystrophy?

Social Media links:
Talk to Pin Xiu here.

PIN XIU'S ORGANISATION OF CHOICE:
Singapore Disability Sports Council
(Organisation UEN no: S73SS0035B)

Formed in 1973, the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC) is the national sports body for the people with disabilities in Singapore. It is a non-profit, voluntary welfare organisation registered with the Commissioner of Charities dedicated to providing sports and recreational activities to people with disabilities. SDSC’s goal is to enrich the quality of life of its members through sports, and it reaches out to over 15,000 disabled persons including physically disabled, visually impaired, intellectually disabled, hearing impaired and people with cerebral palsy .


Social Media links:
https://www.facebook.com/SingaporeDisabilitySportsCouncil
http://twitter.com/SDSCtweets

 

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Pin Xiu was born with Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disorder that slowly breaks down the muscles. When she was five, she started swimming to improve her health and strengthen her muscles. Nevertheless, by the age of eleven, she had lost her ability to walk and had to use a wheelchair. Despite this, Pin Xiu won Singapore's first ever Olympic gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Paralympics in the 50-metre backstroke finals. Her time of 58.75s was way ahead of Britain's Fran Williamson who took the silver in 1:06.07s.
 What drives Pin Xiu? What keeps her going? And has she ever wondered what her life would be like without Muscular Dystrophy?

Social Media links:
Talk to Pin Xiu here.