Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha

Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha

Para-Athlete, 29

Although born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which confines her to a wheelchair, Nurul leads an active life. In January, she clinched two gold medals at the 7th Asean Para Games. “I hope these achievements will spur future Boccia players and support team members to work harder together to achieve even greater things for Boccia, disability sports and Singapore,” says the Singapore Youth Award recipient, who is also the first local Boccia player to compete at the Paralympics. For Nurul, something like coming down with the flu can be problematic, because her condition leaves her too weak to cough out phlegm. The most recent bout was at the Boccia World Open Event in May, but the plucky athlete pushed through, snagging gold in the BC3 Pair Event. Next up for her are the Boccia World Championships and Asian Para Games. Also gunning to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games, she has this advice for para-athletes: “Be brave to try new things; you will never know until you give something a try. Believe you can be brave.”