Gov't holds celebratory luncheon for returned Paralympic athletes
By Ann Yu, The China Post
September 13, 2012, 12:02 am TWN
The China Post--In honor of the returning athletes who attended the 2012 London Paralympics, government officials yesterday held a celebratory luncheon at the Leefoo Hotel (六福客棧). Premier Sean Chen also attended the event to applaud and congratulate the athletes for their achievements this year.
Chen stated, "This is a tough challenge. Previously when we entered innovation contests, it would be a competition in mental skills. The Paralympics in London 2012 goes beyond that; The athletes are tested in areas of mentality, physicality, and perseverance."
Led by Chen Li-choun (陳李綢), 18 Taiwanese athletes with disabilities competed in archery, athletics, judo, power lifting, shooting, swimming and table tennis at the 14th Summer Paralympics. Chen expressed that although athletes did not reach everyone's expectations, she was still proud they bought home a total of 3 medals.
She added, "This year's athletes have become a lot more competitive. Taiwanese athletes need to keep moving forward to break through for a better performance." The three medals were a silver from judoka Lee Kai-lin(李凱琳) and two bronzes from power lifter Lin Tzu-hui (林資惠) and archer Tseng Lung-hui (曾隆輝).
Sports Affairs Council Minister Dai Hsia-ling (戴遐齡) lauded the athletes, saying that "joining the competition was already a game half won ... Everyone should feel proud," she said.
The premier jokingly stated, "I attended this luncheon because I admire the quality traits that each athlete possess in mentality and physicality, which I myself lack.