Harun Rahamad’s aggressive involvement in sports is an amazing accomplishment for a young man with cerebral palsy. The 25-year old plays football, badmintons, goes for rock climbing and has even tried sailing despite his inability to swim. Other than the rugged sports activities he dabbles in, Harun is also an avid runner and had completed 10km run at the Sundown Marathon in June 2013.
Back then, walking alone was a huge challenge for him. He had to rely on a walking aid until the age of seven, when his teachers pushed him to move on independently. It took him almost a year to stabilize and quick after, he attempted football.
Harun is highly inspired by Manchester United and France left back football player, Patrice Evra. Harun beamed at the mention of Evra. “He is very rugged. Hit him and he comes back even harder”. Last year, Harun represented Singapore on an international stage in a seven a side football tournament in Kuala Lumpur, as a member of the Singapore Cerebral Palsy Football team. Harun is dedicated to raise awareness of disability sports in Singapore, striving to be the pioneer disabled football team and make Singapore proud. It is all in the mind, that’s what he strongly believes in. Harun wishes to convince individuals with cerebral palsy and their parents that sports are not dangerous; in fact, it is good for one’s health.
For his efforts and active participation in sports, Harun was awarded a Youth Aspiration Award from the Society for the Physically Disabled by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat. The award recognizes outstanding youths with physical disabilities to pursue and realize their potential in areas like Visual and/or Performing Arts, Sports and Community Service.
Harun was raised by his grandparents. Before his grandfather passed away, they frequently travelled to Indonesia to do volunteer work at the orphanages. His noble upbringing has influenced him to join St. John Ambulance in Secondary School. He was also a Medical Assistant during his National Service. Harun hopes to study physiotherapy at a local polytechnic once he graduates from ITE, Higher Nitec in Facility Management, in 2015.