JASON CHEE CLINCHES FIRST GOLD, CANCER AND NO LIMBS BE DAMNED

Dear A.S.S. Editor

Congratulations to brave Singaporean hero Jason Chee, who has just won his first individual gold medal at the Asean Para Games on Friday in table tennis. The 34-year-old emerged top of the men’s individual Class 2 event. Competing in a five-player round-robin group , he secured the gold after beating Thirayu Chueawong 11-8, 11-2, 12-10 in Kuala Lumpur.

Jason had won all four of his matches to clinch the gold medal at this class of event. In the sport, paddlers in classes 1-5 compete in a wheelchair. The higher the number, the greater the level of physical mobility. Jason had also clinched the bronze medal in the men’s team event in the Games.

Jason was diagnosed with choroidal melanoma (a cancer of the eye) in late April, which resulted in him losing his right eye. Previously, he had already lost both his legs, left arm and three fingers on his right hand due to a mishap which happened during his work on board a Republic of Singapore Navy warship in 2012.

Mike Chan

A.S.S. Contributor

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