Outstanding Young Persons Award Nominee: Disabled Navy Serviceman, Jason Chee

Jason Chee has come very far since his horrific navy accident in 2012.

Jason Chee has come very far since his horrific navy accident in 2012.

Due to a horrific navy accident about one and a half years ago, he now has only his right arm (with two fingers) as a limb. His left arm and both legs are gone.

But when you meet Navy serviceman Jason Chee today, you will be amazed by his positive and determined attitude to live life to the fullest and to never give up,. In fact, Jason’s positive energy is so infectious that it will rub off on you.

It is these admirable qualities in him, which were duly recognized in his local nomination for the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award.

Award given to those who excel and create positive change

The award, given out by the JCI – a worldwide federation of leaders and young entrepreneurs – is for people aged 18 to 40, who excel and create positive change in their chosen fields. And 31-year-old Jason certainly fits the bill, as he has literally been to hell and back, since his navy accident.

“I am very surprised that I have been selected as one of the 10 nominees. It has inspired me to continue to motivate myself to work hard and fulfill my dreams,” Jason said.

Jason is always so positive and happy and his enthusiasm is infectious.

Jason is always so positive and happy and his enthusiasm is infectious.

Staying positive and maintaining a bright outlook on life

On the ill-fated day of December 10, 2012, Jason lost both of his legs, left arm and three fingers from the right arm. His limbs had been ripped off, as he worked on a motorized winch and rope on board a navy ship.

But since those dark days following his accident, Jason has developed a bright outlook on life.

Bronze medalist for Singapore

For Jason, who still has a long life ahead of him, his dreams include studying for his Mathematics degree at UNISIM and training hard in sports and continuing to represent Singapore in table tennis. He is also determined to do the same in archery and air rifle shooting.

One of the carbon fibre prosthetic legs, with knee joint, that Jason is slowly learning to walk with.

One of the carbon fibre prosthetic legs, with knee joint, that Jason is slowly learning to walk with.

And these dreams are certainly not beyond the avid sportsman, who has already won a bronze medal for Singapore, at last year’s ASEAN Para Games – with just six short months of training. If he continues to trains hard enough, he may even go on to the Paralympics and do Singapore proud.

Living as independently as possible

Despite his struggles with rehabilitation back into society, Jason is determined to live a full and independent life – as much as possible.

This includes rehabilitation and practising to walk on his prosthetic legs. Now, he can barely walk 200m in 20 minutes using his 12kg carbon fiber legs. But he is determined to do better.

His rehabilitation also includes swimming lessons, learning to pass motion and hanging up the laundry – all rather mundane things for a “normal” person.

Jason is a great chef, capable of whipping up a yummy pot of curry chicken.

Jason is a great chef, capable of whipping up a yummy pot of curry chicken.

“But if things go well and I continue to make good progress, I hope to be able to get back to work.” Jason added that the Republic of Singapore Navy and Tan Tock Seng Hospital are assessing when is the best time for him to return to duty.

Budding Masterchef

Today, Jason is also a budding Masterchef – and with his one arm and two fingers, he can whip up a mean pot of curry chicken – his favourite dish. In fact, he’s actually the one who does the cooking at home, for himself and his father, 72-year-old Chee Kwok Chor.

On why his curry chicken is his favourite dish, Jason explains, “I love spicy stuff and I feel very shiok because it makes me sweat. And the taste of curry is also nice!”

Jason learnt cooking from his late mother, when he was still in

Jason Chee (front, centre) inspires other people, wherever he goes.

Jason Chee (front, centre) inspires other people, wherever he goes.

primary school. And his abilities to cook yummy food have stayed with him since. Making the curry chicken really gives him fond memories of his mother.

Come A Very Long Way

Since the accident, Jason has certainly come a long way, and his positive attitude and sheer tenacity, has pulled him back from a dark hole.

Said Jason, “You must be a positive person. Never give up. Be determined and show strong will power.”

And he hopes to inspire other disabled people to do the same.

Come May 15, Jason will know whether he will represent Singapore at the 10 Outstanding Young Persons of the World Contest.

We wish you all the best, Jason.

 

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2 Comments

  • Jason Chee says:

    Thank you so much for your faithful message to me

    Yup i got my motto and my 5 core life values for you

    Motto: if you never give up, you will accomplish your task

    5 core values;:

    1) determination
    2) fighting spirit
    3) strong will mind power
    4) never give up spirit
    5) positivity

    Thats for you and everyone

  • Adrian Villanueva says:

    BZ Jason – Be positive & Stay Positive. As a “sailor” you can overcome stormy seas to reach to various ports you want to “sail” to i.e. sports, studies etc.

    Good wishes from an Ole Salt AV.

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