Theresa Goh is a swimmer and Paralympic medalist. She has won a bronze in the SB4 100m breaststroke at the Summer Paralympics 2016 and holds world records for the SB4 50 metres and 200 metres breaststroke events. At 17, she became the first Singaporean para-swimmer to compete at a Paralympic Games at the 2004 Games in Athens.
Theresa Goh was first diagnosed with congenital spina bifida and despite this, she started swimming when she was 5 years old and began participating in competitions since she was 12. Theresa has won medals at several events such as the ASEAN ParaGames (2001, 2003, 2005 and 2008), Far East and South Pacific Games Federation for the Disabled (FESPIC) Games (now known as the Asian Para Games) (2002), International Stoke Mandeville Wheelchair Sports Federation (ISMWSF) World Wheelchair Games (2003), National Swimming Championships (2004), and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Swimming Championships (2006).
Not to be defined her paralympic medal, Theresa is using the platform she has been blessed with to raise awareness to issues she strongly believes in. She is one of the ambassadors for Pink Dot 2017, alongside Nathan Hartono and Ebi Shankara. Being gay herself, Theresa has become one of the advocates for the LGBT community in Singapore.
We are really grateful to have had the pleasure of sharing Theresa’s journey from the start and we can’t wait to see what else is in store for this amazing sheroine.
Awards and recognition:
2014 Sports Excellence Scholar
2014 Singapore Women’s Hall of Fame
2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games Flag Bearer
2004 to 2006 Singapore Disability Sports Council Sportswomen of the year
2002 and 2003 Sportsgirl of the year
2001 Sportsgirl Merit Award from SDSC