Yip Pin Xiu

(Singapore): Swimming & Solidarity

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Yip Pin Xiu is a “born and bred city girl’, having grown up in Singapore with her close-knit family flying kites, playing in the sand pool, and at five, getting in the with her brothers. Swimming started as a family activity. Fast forward to 2008, and Pin Xiu became Singapore’s first ever Paralympic gold medalist. She now has 5 Paralympic golds and 5 World Championships. She was the first para-athlete in Singapore’s Sports Hall of Fame (2015) and a proud inductee of the Women’s Hall of Fame (2014). And while Pin Xiu changed the face of sport in Singapore, her impact hasn’t been limited to the pool. Yes, Pin Xiu has all of the honors and titles one can dream of, but she talks more about her commitment to inclusion for all than the medals around her neck. Having grown up in a time when there wasn’t a lot of representation for people with disabilities, Pin Xiu is determined to be a voice people hear and a body people see. According to Pin Xiu, “being disabled does not mean unable. Being disabled does not disqualify me” and she hopes to be a voice not for” just the disabled community, but also the sporting community, women, everyone.”

“I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT IF I IMAGINED THAT I WOULD FALSE START AND GET DISQUALIFIED, THAT WOULD ACTUALLY COME TRUE. SO IT’S IMPORTANT TO THINK POSITIVELY ABOUT YOUR RACE.”

Contributing experts include:

  • Jennifer Bird (Sue’s Sister)
  • Coach Dawn Staley (Sue’s Former Teammate & Coach, Hall of Famer & Head Coach of the South Carolina Gamecocks)
  • Marina Mabrey (Professional Basketball Player, Dallas Wings)-Zoe & Alex Bird (Sue’s Nieces)

Audio included from the following sources:

  • Women Hooping’s YouTube Channel: ‘Sue Bird Hits Final Shot In New York To Clinch Win, Crowd Gives Standing Ovation Saluting Her Career’
  • WNBA’s YouTube Channel: ‘Best Of Sue Bird’s 3,000 Assists’
  • WCNC’s YouTube Channel: ‘Tokyo Olympics | Sue Bird’
  • Uninterrupted Love Is Manifesto from uninterrupted.com/loveis
  • CNN’s YouTube Channel: ‘WNBA players strike balance between athletics and activism’
  • 60 Minutes’ YouTube Channel: ‘Sue Bird on going public with her relationship with Megan Rapinoe’
  • March Madness’ YouTube Channel: ‘Best of Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi in the Final Four for UConn’
  • ESPN’s YouTube Channel: ‘Marina Mabrey drops CAREER-HIGH 31 PTS as Dallas Wings clinch playoff berth! | WNBA on ESPN’
  • Seattle Storm Official’s YouTube Channel: ‘Sue Bird | Press Conference | Sue Announces Retirement’

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