Singaporean rider Laurentia Tan finishes 5th in individual freestyle dressage test at Paralympics

Singaporean rider Laurentia Tan finishes 5th in individual freestyle dressage test at Paralympics

The Singapore Disability Sports Council congratulated Tan on her performance in Tokyo alongside Banestro.

“Congratulations on your 4th Paralympic Games. Laurentia also made Singapore proud at the opening ceremony, when she was one of 6 Paralympic flag bearers,” the Council said in a Facebook post.

According to the equestrian governing body FEI, Grade I events are open to athletes with severe disabilities that affect all limbs and the trunk.

Tan has cerebral palsy and is deaf, and the Council shared details about a vest she used to aid her on her ride, which was choreographed to music.

“If you’ve seen her performance, Laurentia competed with a Subpac, giving her vibrating cues to help Laurentia identify the rhythm and intensity of the piece of music,” it said.

Tan said the vest boosted her confidence.

“The haptic vest has really helped, even though it will never be the same as hearing the music, it gives me a little more confidence and reassurance that I’m following the rhythm and phrases of the music,” she said.

This was Tan’s third and final event in Tokyo. She also finished 14th along with teammates Gemma Rose Foo and Maximillian Tan in the team test to music on Sunday.

Tan thanked host nation Japan as she concluded her fourth Paralympic campaign.

“It was great to be here in Tokyo. It was an honor and a privilege to be here,” she said.

“Everyone was so warm, welcoming and encouraging – I want to thank Japan for their wonderful hospitality and for making my first trip to Japan unforgettable!”

Tan, 42, is one of Singapore’s most decorated Paralympics, with one silver and three bronze medals in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

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