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A swimmer of gold medal winner
      Tsai Yao-Hsing, male, born in 1973 in Hualien County, an Atayal tribeman, graduated from Microwave Information Department, Hualien Senior Vocational School. One time when 16-years old Yao-Hsing was employed by a subcontractor of Teclast to repair an electric tower, he was hurt seriously and lost his hands. 

      But, he found his value from swimming--winning the gold and silver medals of 100-metre and 50-metre breast stroke in the Disabled Athletic Meeting of Taiwan in 1996, 2000 and 2002; gold and copper medals in the International Invitation Swimming Tournament for Disabled which was held by Argentina in 2001, one of Ten Torch Youth medal of Asian-Pacific area in 2000. More importantly, he always assisted Hualien Bethesda Reform School in raising funds for the shelters. He was often invited to share his life experience in the schools, prisons and orphanages.
      When Tsai Yao-Hsing had to discontinue his schooling life when his parents got divorced and his mother remarried at his childhood. In 1989, after 3 years as an apprentice of repairing motorbike, he was employed by a power company in Chungli to erect and maintain electric lines. One time, when he tied safety belt and climbed up the electric pole, he got an electric shock and was seriously injured. But, he was refused by three hospitals such as Linkou, Chang Gung Memorial Hospitals. At last, he was hospitalized in Chungli Air Force Hospital for several amputation operations.
      Tsai Yao-Hsing was transferred to National Taiwan University Hospital for rehabilitation after staying in the intensive care sickroom for half a year. During this period, he was frustrated and bad-tempered. In such case, his sister Cai Xueyun took care of him silently and accompanied him in facing these difficulties.
      Then, Tsai Yao-Hsing got used to looking after himself with feet in the everyday life--washing his head, face, brushing his teeth, cooking eggs or eating. Now, he can serve himself expertly, for example, putting on trousers easily via some nails or other tools. During a banquet performance, it took him only 10 seconds to put on clothes.
      With optimistic attitude and facetious characteristics, Tsai Yao-Hsing gave the others an amazing impression that he had experienced a bad destiny. Probably, the swimming exercises and the social love calmed down his complaint and misery.
      With the support of Chen Suying, president of Hualien Branch of Women’s Federation and Zonta International, Tsai Yao-Hsing, on behalf of Taiwan, attended “17th International Swimming Invitational Tournament” in Argentina on December 10, 2001, and won the gold medal of 100-metre breast stroke and copper medal of 50-metre medley relay. On the sideline of these activities, he found it difficult to make exchange with foreign players. So, he hoped to learn English very well and attend the next International Special Olympics.
      Furthermore, he always assisted Hualien Bethesda Reform School in raising funds for the shelters. He was often invited to share his life experience in the schools, prisons and orphanages.