MIDWAY through the interview with Life! at Komala's Restaurant in East Coast Parkway, a man interrupts to shake Dr William Tan's hand. You are an inspiration, he says, with admiration.
That sort of thing has been happening a lot lately. Dr Tan, 52, has always been a figure of admiration. In fact, a large part of his story, known to those who follow his sporting achievements in aid of charity, is based on how he has overcome incredible odds.
He lost the use of his legs after contracting polio a month shy of his third birthday and as a child, slept on a mattress on the floor of a Beach Road shophouse.