Paralympian hopes award will inspire others to action

For her contributions to Singapore, SMU alumna and five-time Paralympic swimming champion Yip Pin Xiu was presented the inaugural President's Award for Inspiring Achievement yesterday (Feb 11). At the ceremony at the Istana, President Halimah Yacob said it was "only fitting" that Pin Xiu was the inaugural recipient of the award, and added, "During her tenure (as an NMP), Pin Xiu used her voice in Parliament to champion greater inclusivity in sports and raise awareness around the issue of sexual violence and harassment". Pin Xiu said, "I hope this award shows that it is not just about making big achievements in life, but also about being consistent in doing the smaller, easier tasks to get to where you want to be eventually". She hopes to encourage people to do what they are passionate about while trying to make a positive change.

The Straits Times