NG XIU ZHEN
SINGAPORE NATIONAL PARA SAILOR
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“Generally, I think more people are aware of persons with disabilities but as cerebral palsy is not a well-known condition, some tend to react negatively because of the way I walk or talk. With focus, we can all achieve everything. I hope my achievements will encourage more people to have positive mindsets towards persons with disabilities.”
Born with cerebral palsy, Xiu Zhen also has partial hearing loss. Xiu Zhen’s condition affected her studies and job opportunities were hard to come by. With the assistance of SPD’s employment support services and an inclusive employer, Xiu Zhen is now hired in an administrative role and balancing her busy schedule between family, work and training.
As a paralympic sailor, she has competed in the 2014 Incheon Asian Para Games and the 2015 ASEAN Para Games, and won the bronze medal in the first South East Asia Para Sailing Championships in 2018. She also recently realised her dream of walking down the fashion runway in the televised SPD Charity Show in March 2019,