Trevor Tan won the Asian Open Short Track Speed Skating Trophy in the 1000m Junior B Men’s Category in Kunming, China.
Held on August 28, Trevor came from behind and his last hurrah, dashed to steal the winning spot from powerhouses like China and Korea.
Only 16, Trevor took on a gap year from Singapore Sports School (SSP), and took his chance to fly and train in Korea early this year.
Training in Goyang Club in Gyeonggi, South Korea, his aim was to qualify for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
He was also interested in developing himself as a person:
I am looking forward to the opportunity of travelling to South Korea on my own as this will help me become a more independent individual.Trevor Tan to The Straits Times
He has previously trained in Goyang Club 4 times previously, though for shorter periods of time.
Training alongside top speed skaters and Olympic champions, Trevor was training with the best. These include 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics champion Kim A-lang, and 2010 Winter Olympics silver medalist Kwak Yoon-gy, left and right respectively, both from Korea.
Trevor reflected on his desires to grow as a skater:
I anticipate that the journey ahead will be long and tough, but I am excited because I know that these experiences will only make me a better skater.Trevor Tan to The Straits Times
Trevor will eventually return to SSP to resume his studies.
Despite Trevor’s young age, he is certain of what he wants and wants to push himself to the best of capabilities.
This is in spite of the fact that he is only Singapore’s second winter sports athlete to join the SSP. This was after Pagiel Sng, fellow figure skater, joining the school in 2017.
Tan Teck Hock, SSP’s principal praised him for going after what he wants:
Making the decision to put studies on hold to pursue one’s sporting dreams is never easy and we are proud of Trevor for boldly chasing his dream.Tan Teck Hock to The Straits Times
He later continues:
I trust that this year-long training and competition stint will be invaluable to Trevor’s development and I wish him the very best.Tan Teck Hock to The Straits Times
We too, wish Trevor the very best in all his upcoming games! Let us hope for yet another gold medal for Singapore!
You can watch the full video of Trevor in action here.