Team Singapore clinched a bronze at the BISFED 2017 Asia and Oceania Championships this May in Hong Kong.
The team comprised Nurulasyigah binte Mohammad Taha (32), Toh Sze Ning (23), and Faye Lim (19). The bronze is in the BC3 category, for players with limited motor function on all four limbs and use assistive devices, such as ramps, to release the ball. Nurul is the team captain.
Nurul and Sze Ning are Boccia veterans, ranked fourth as a pair at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. They have won a gold medal in at the 2014 ASEAN Para Games, and a silver in 2015. Individually, Sze Ning is ranked 17th in the world, while Nurul is ranked 22nd. Nurul was born with spinal muscular atrophy, while Sze Ning has cerebral palsy.
For Faye, the youngest team member, the Hong Kong championship is only her third international match. Faye’s first overseas match was when she was 14, at the 2013 Asian Youth Para Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Said Faye’s father, Boon Ghee, on her behalf, (Faye has cerebral palsy and is non-verbal) “It was eye-opening. It’s only the second time she’s competing, so it was a learning