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Malaysian Paralympic athletes are a particularly inspiring group of people.

Despite their physical differences and societal prejudices, they’ve succeeded in excelling beyond expectations, earning medals at the Paralympic Games to show us that a disability doesn’t have to be a disability.

While we may cheer them for their triumphs, we’ll never know their exact experience – which is what a Malaysian Paralympic athlete’s wife wanted to find out.

On his Twitter account, para athlete tennis player Muhamad Firdaus Ibrahim shared a sweet video of his wife, Siti Fatimah Mohd Nor, struggling to climb uphill in his wheelchair during a Paralympic training session at the Duta International Tennis Academy in Kuala Lumpur.

Screenshot from Twitter

In the caption, he explained:

“Took my wife along for training today. I told her I go up this hill every day. Then she said she wanted to try going up (in a wheelchair).
There you go.”

Muhamad Firdaus Ibrahim via Twitter.

In the 30 second video, Siti Fatimah can be seen huffing and puffing while exclaiming in awe on the arm strength required to climb up a slope in a wheelchair. To which Firdaus replied “You wanted to try, you think it’s easy to use a wheelchair?” while laughing.

Following the adorableness of Siti Fatimah’s earnestness, the video received over 7,000 likes and flooded with messages of support and admiration for the couple.

Screenshot from Twitter

This isn’t the first time the couple captured the hearts of Malaysians online though.

Back in September, their love story went viral when Firdaus shared how it bloomed from a direct message on Instagram to the pelamin (wedding dais).

As one of Malaysia’s seasoned para athletes, Firdaus has competed in Japan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and even won the Bronze medal for men’s doubles at the 2017 ASEAN Para Games.

Firdaus (second from right) with the Wheelchair Tennis Men’s Double Bronze Medallists at the 9th ASEAN Para Games.
(Credit: sports247.my)

He is currently in Thailand, competing in the Pattaya Open 2019 which will end on 8th November.

Watch the adorable video of Siti Fatimah struggling to ride her husband’s wheelchair below:


Send your well wishes to Firdaus and his wife on TRP’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

(Firdaus IBRAHIM)

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