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Most athletes will always remember their first ever appearance for their country but Kimberly Quek Hwee’s debut for Singapore will carry extra significance after the bowler won a bronze at the 2017 Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey.
In fact, her bronze medal in the Women’s Masters Event, together with Adelia Yokoyama’s gold in the same event, were Singapore’s first ever medals at the quadrennial competition.
“It was such an exciting experience in Turkey, and I am thankful for the support and encouragement Sports School has given to me. Hopefully, our achievements will raise awareness for the deaf community and help Singapore become a more inclusive society,” the Secondary 4 student-athlete said.
Kimberly’s road to her bronze medal saw her defeat South Korea’s Choi Seongkyeong 2-1 in the Quarterfinals before succumbing 1-2 to Women’s All Events winner Kim Jieun in the Last Four.
The 17-year-old, who was diagnosed with a hearing disability at age one and learnt to lip-read at a young age, had also set a personal record of 1,269 pinfalls in her best game, making history among Singapore’s deaf bowlers.
While pleased with her latest accomplishment, Kimberly was quick to attribute the role Sports School had played in her success from 18 to 30 July.
“Sports School has provided me with a conducive environment to juggle both my sporting and academic commitments. I do not need to worry very much as there are many people who are always looking out for me.
“Moreover, I get to train and learn from some of the best bowlers in Singapore, and their desire to win fuels my passion for bowling as well,” she said.
The duo’s two medals saw Singapore climb to 30th out of 97 countries in the overall medal tally.
3rd Kimberly Quek Hwee