• 8th ASEAN Para Games 2015 - OCBC Aquatic Centre, Singapore - 5/12/15 Swimming - Men's 100m Freestyle - S14 - Timed Final - Singapore’s Tan Eng Kiong Benson celebrates APG2015 Mandatory Credit: Sport Singapore / Action Images via Reuters Livepic8th ASEAN Para Games 2015 - OCBC Aquatic Centre, Singapore - 5/12/15 Swimming - Men's 100m Freestyle - S14 - Timed Final - Singapore’s Tan Eng Kiong Benson celebrates APG2015 Mandatory Credit: Sport Singapore / Action Images via Reuters Livepic

    When Joseph Schooling won a historic Olympic gold earlier last month, he was quickly inundated with offers of rewards from various companies.

    One of those was Grab, the ride-hailing platform, which offered Schooling and his family free rides for a year.

    But the 21-year-old has decided to instead gift those rides to two people, with one of them being local para-swimmer Benson Tan (pictured above). The other beneficiary is Ismail Akbar Abdullah, a 62-year-old blind masseur.

    Tan, who was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder at the age of five, is an accomplished swimmer who has won 11 ASEAN Para Games medals, seven of them gold, as well as a gold from the 2011 Special Olympics.

    The 25-year-old trains up to 10 times a week. Tan will get $7,300 worth of free Grab rides, which consist of two rides per day over six months. The rides will help with Tan's commute from his Pasir Ris home to his training venue at Anglo-Chinese School (ACS) at Barker Road. 

    When contacted by

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  • WUHAN, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 28:  Angelique Kerber of Germany returns a shot to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic during their Fourth round match on Day 4 of the 2016 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open at the Optics Valley International Tennis Center on September 28, 2016 in Wuhan, China.  (Photo by Kevin Lee/Getty Images)WUHAN, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 28: Angelique Kerber of Germany returns a shot to Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic during their Fourth round match on Day 4 of the 2016 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open at the Optics Valley International Tennis Center on September 28, 2016 in Wuhan, China. (Photo by Kevin Lee/Getty Images)

    Before the start of this year, Angelique Kerber had zero Grand Slam titles to her name.

    But ahead of the WTA Finals in Singapore next month, the German has two triumphs under her belt, as well as the world number one ranking for the first time ever.

    The Bremen native turned professional in 2003, but has had to wait 13 years for a breakthrough. She powered to the Australian Open title for her first ever Slam trophy, picked up a silver medal at the Olympics, and won her second Slam at the US Open earlier this month.

    As a result, Kerber became the 22nd and oldest woman to reach the number one spot for the first time. The 28-year-old is also the first left-handed player to be at the top since Monica Seles last occupied it in 1996 and the latter believes Kerber will be the player to rival Serena Williams at the year-end finals.

    “She loves playing indoors, her game is suited for the hard court and I think mentally, winning two Grand Slams and being number one, she has that belief,” Seles

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  • There were plenty of eye-catching sporting moments from the week past, including the macabre yet hilarious sight of someone in a fish costume gobbling up someone else. Yahoo Singapore picks out a selection.

    1. Ex-football wonderkid scores sublime goal

    ​Souleymane Coulibaly may not be a household name, but he should be after this wonder strike! Spurs fans may recognise the name as the young Ivorian used to be on the books at Tottenham, however he failed to impress and was sent on several loan spells before landing a permanent move to Scottish outfit Kilmarnock.  The 21-year-old attacker lined up for his side in Saturday's clash with Celtic and opened the scoring in truly emphatic style in the 32nd minute.  WHAT A GOAL FROM COULIBALY!!!!!!! —...​Souleymane Coulibaly may not be a household name, but he should be after this wonder strike! Spurs fans may recognise the name as the young Ivorian used to be on the books at Tottenham, however he failed to impress and was sent on several loan spells before landing a permanent move to Scottish outfit Kilmarnock.  The 21-year-old attacker lined up for his side in Saturday's clash with Celtic and opened the scoring in truly emphatic style in the 32nd minute.  WHAT A GOAL FROM COULIBALY!!!!!!! —...

    Remember Souleymane Coulibaly? The Ivorian striker was once touted as one of football's best prospects and Tottenham Hotspur looked to have secured a future star when they signed the then 16-year-old in 2011.

    He was fresh off a Golden Boot-winning performance at the U17 World Cup that year, but his career didn’t quite take off in England and Coulibaly endured a series of moves to lower-league sides.

    He has now ended up at Scottish top-flight outfit Kilmarnock, signing for them at the start of this season and wasted no time in getting down to business.

    Coulibaly has scored seven goals in 11 games and the latest was an absolutely incredible hit - a screamer from all of 44 yards that swerved through the air like a missile before dipping at

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    Jimmer Fredette in action for new team Shanghai Sharks in the Merlion Cup final in Singapore. He scored 41 points in the final to help them win the trophy. (Photo: Sport Singapore and Basketball Association of Singapore)

    Many people may have had different things to say about Jimmer Fredette’s basketball career, but the former college phenomenon is simply focused on what he can control.

    A star during his time at Brigham Young University (BYU), he was named the 2011 national player of the year and selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the 10th overall pick in the NBA draft that year. After being traded, he spent his first three years playing for the Sacramento Kings. 

    Despite sparking “Jimmermania” and being a fan favourite with the Kings, Fredette never really managed to establish himself in the NBA. He bounced through four teams and played in the D-League, and while he was named the NBA D-League All-Star Game MVP this February and did well in the Summer League with the Denver Nuggets, he

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  • Serena Williams' 186-week reign at the top of the WTA rankings ended after her semi-final defeat at the US OpenSerena Williams' 186-week reign at the top of the WTA rankings ended after her semi-final defeat at the US Open

    Former world number one Monica Seles remembers clearly the day she was upset by a 16-year-old in the now-defunct Ameritech Cup Chicago in 1997.

    Then ranked fourth in the world, the nine-time Grand Slam winner lost in the quarter-finals to a fresh-faced Serena Williams, who was playing only her second professional tournament.

    Seles played her last tour match in 2003 at 29 and officially retired in 2008, while Williams went from strength to strength to become one of the most dominant forces in women’s tennis.

    Of the last 24 Grand Slam finals, nine have been won by Williams. Only three players - Angelique Kerber, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka with two each - have won more than one title during that period.

    At 35, Williams remains one of the game’s best - proven by winning Wimbledon and reaching two finals this year.

    “I just remember calling my agent and saying to her that evening that my days are numbered and I had just played the future number one,” Seles recalled of their

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  • Team Singapore Paralympians pose for a photo with Minister of Culture, Community and Youth, Grace Fu at Vivocity, the final stop of the celebratory parade.Team Singapore Paralympians pose for a photo with Minister of Culture, Community and Youth, Grace Fu at Vivocity, the final stop of the celebratory parade.


    Singapore's team to the 2016 Summer Paralympics has been invited to be given tribute in Parliament, Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu said on Saturday (24 Sept).

    "I have invited the entire team of Paralympians to one of the upcoming Parliament sittings, to pay tribute to them for their extraordinary achievements," she wrote in a Facebook post.

    As some of the Paralympians will be going away for the holidays, a suitable date will be found for them after they return, she added.

    Fu also expressed delight over the thousands who turned up a celebratory parade to honour the efforts and achievements of the 13 athletes who participated in the event.

    "By showing so evidently their tenacity and resilience to fly Singapore's flag high, our Paralympians have brought out the Singapore Spirit in us," she noted.

    Singapore's showing in Rio de Janeiro, where the Paralympics were held, included two gold medals and a bronze earned by swimmers Yip Pin Xiu and Theresa Goh.

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  • Quah Zheng Wen's latest Instagram post on 23 Sept 2016 showing his Olympic rings tattoo.Quah Zheng Wen's latest Instagram post on 23 Sept 2016 showing his Olympic rings tattoo.

    National swimmer Quah Zheng Wen is sporting a new tattoo of the Olympics rings after his 2016 Rio campaign.

    In a photo posted on Instagram on Friday (23 Sept), Quah posted a photo of himself shirtless with his pet dog. The five Olympic rings can be seen on his right chest. "This picture took longer than the tatt," he wrote.

    Fellow swimmer Joseph Schooling also inked the five Olympic rings on his right bicep after winning Singapore's first Olympic gold medal.

    Quah was given a boost for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after being granted a second National Service (NS) deferment on 22 Sept 2016.

    He said, "I’m deeply appreciative of the opportunity to be able to train full-time and dedicate myself to doing my best and making our nation proud."

    Schooling had earlier said he believes Quah can win a medal at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. “He has a lot more potential, I think he can actually win a medal or even win [a gold] in 2020 if he keeps on this path,” said Schooling.

    Quah qualified for the

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  • Theresa Goh looking at Yip Pin Xiu during the welcome ceremony at Changi Airport Terminal 3 on September 21, 2016.Theresa Goh looking at Yip Pin Xiu during the welcome ceremony at Changi Airport Terminal 3 on September 21, 2016.

    Despite the difference in prize money awarded for gold medals, para-athletes and their able-bodied counterparts are both fighting to allow sports to unite Singaporeans, said three-time Paralympic gold medallist Yip Pin Xiu.

    Speaking to reporters at a media session at the Singapore Sports Institute on Wednesday (21 September), the 24-year-old swimmer weighed in on the controversy over prize money for athletes. Paralympic gold medalists are currently awarded prize money of $200,000, while Olympic gold medalists get $1,000,000.

    But Yip said that she did not see the differing amounts as a “slight”, and that she is driven by the “intrinsic motivation” of constantly wanting to better herself, not prize money.

    “My (former) coach Ang Peng Siong once said this to me: If you start swimming for the money, you will eventually lose the reason to swim, because sometimes the money is not there.”

    In the same media session, Yip’s close friend and fellow Paralympian Theresa Goh said that besides money,

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  • 2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Semifinal - Men's 100m Butterfly Semifinals - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. Quah Zheng Wen (SIN) of Singapore competes. REUTERS/Jeremy Lee FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.2016 Rio Olympics - Swimming - Semifinal - Men's 100m Butterfly Semifinals - Olympic Aquatics Stadium - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. Quah Zheng Wen (SIN) of Singapore competes. REUTERS/Jeremy Lee FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.

    Note: This story was updated at 5pm with Quah Zheng Wen's comments on the deferment.

    National swimmer Quah Zheng Wen has been given a boost for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after being granted a second National Service (NS) deferment.

    This was announced by Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen on Thursday afternoon on his Facebook page, who noted that Quah is an “Olympics medal prospect”.

    Quah, who turns 20 next week, became the first male Singaporean swimmer to qualify for a semi-final when he made it to that stage in the 200-metre butterfly event at the Rio Olympics last month. He also qualified for the 100m butterfly semi-finals along with Joseph Schooling, who went on to win a historic gold.

    He was due to enlist for NS in July last year, but had been granted a last-minute long-term deferment to train for Rio. That deferment expired at the end of August this year.

    “MINDEF (Ministry of Defence) has granted Quah Zheng Wen’s application to extend his National Service deferment until after the

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  • Theresa Goh and Yip Pin Xiu posing with their respective bronze and gold medals at Changi Airport Terminal 3 on September 21, 2016.Theresa Goh and Yip Pin Xiu posing with their respective bronze and gold medals at Changi Airport Terminal 3 on September 21, 2016.

    The last of Singapore’s Paralympic contingent for Rio 2016 arrived home on Wednesday morning, including double-gold medallist Yip Pin Xiu and bronze winner Theresa Goh.

    The duo’s success in the pool in Brazil sparked a fresh debate over the monetary rewards that they should receive. The amount for Paralympic gold currently stands at $200,000, but many members of the public believe it should be raised to match the $1 million that Joseph Schooling received when he won Singapore’s first-ever Olympic gold a month earlier.

    Goh, the first local swimmer to make it to a Paralympics when she qualified for Athens in 2004, weighed in on the issue during a media session on the afternoon of their arrival.

    Thoughtful and measured, the 29-year-old believes that having the same amount of financial reward as their able-bodied counterparts is just one aspect of the concept of equality.

    “I’ll just say this: equality will be nice,” she asserted. “Being treated equally, who wouldn’t want that?

    “It’s not

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