Our Homegrown Singaporean Paralympians have worked just as hard, if not harder than their able-bodied counterparts. They are definitely not doing this for the money, but by awarding them with just 10% of the monetary reward given to the Olympians is outright discrimination. Do they put in only 10% effort of their able-bodied counterparts All of them have inspired and taught Singaporeans lessons that cannot be exchanged with money or perhaps even an Olympic medal. With challenges and adversity to overcome, as well as a far more limited sporting lifespan, these athletes deserve equal if not MORE recognition! If there is any time change is to be made, it has to be NOW, and not 4 years later! (The aim of this online petition is in no way to provide a platform for 'protest'. Rather, it is an avenue for Singaporeans to air their views on the current reward system as well as support given to the SDSC and how STRONGLY we feel that a change to this is way overdue. People who happen to have disabilities are not to be seen as a forgotten lot in our society and to practise differentiation such as this is an insult to our society. This channel also provides the opportunity for expression of pride and support for the contributions and achievements of our sporting heros and inspiration!) You are making a difference to urge change and more importantly, awareness and support. Sign the petition along with your views and forward it. .....http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/sports/story/0,4136,177187,00.html: " While parity cannot be asked for instantly, he said: 'It would be helpful for Singapore to understand the effort the Paralympic athletes go through.' Last year in January, The New Paper - with public support - called for a rewards scheme for disabled athletes. In January this year, the Athlete Achievement Awards (AAA) scheme was announced for disabled athletes. It was the first step. Pin Xiu and Laurentia, made the second steps. The THIRD step is public debate. The fourth step Partners To convince Singapore's sporting powers, and the private sector key partners like Singapore Totalisator Board and Singapore Pools, and more commercial sponsors....... "
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wendy chua, United Kingdom6 years ago Comments: In current bleak times, such triumph of the true human spirit is what we need to applaud.
Audrey, Singapore6 years ago Comments: Our Paralympians definitely deserves much more coverage in the papers as well as the same amount of rewards for the medals they have won. They have definitely put in tremendous efforts to achieve what they have now and more recognition should be given to them. We thank you for showing us that no obstacle is too difficult to overcome!
Him K Chiang, United States6 years ago
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