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Trevor's Treble

2019 Southeast Asian Open Short Track Speed Skating Trophy


Over the two days on 5 and 6 January 2019, Singapore Sports School student-athlete Trevor Tan Xuxuan showed himself to be the fastest skater on ice at the 2019 Southeast Asian Open Short Track Speed Skating Trophy at The Rink at JCube.

The 16-year-old dominated the competition in the Men’s Junior “B” category for skaters 15 and 16 years old, clocking faster times than the skaters in the Men’s Open and Men’s Junior “A” (17 to 18 years old). Trevor, a post-secondary student-athlete, won triumphed in the 500m, 1,000m and 1,500m to rank overall first in the Junior “B” category. In the 1,500m, Trevor extended his lead, lapping two opponents en route to the gold medal in 2:31.744s. He crossed the line 3.795s ahead of his closest competitor.

Trevor’s strong performance at the regional meet, as well as in recent competitions, is a morale booster for his next exploit at the 2019 ISU World Junior Speed Skating Championships in Montreal, Canada, from 25 to 27 January. To prepare for the upcoming World Juniors and key competitions on his calendar, such as the Capas 2019 Southeast Asian Games and Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games, the national skater departed for Goyang, South Korea, on 7 January 2019 for a year-long training stint. He will train with Korean coach Lee Ho-suk, alongside Olympic medallists Kim A-lang – two-time gold medallist at Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 – and Kwak Yoon-gy – Vancouver 2010 silver medallist.

Sports School Secondary 1 student-athletes Amelia Chua Rae-Lene and Ryo Ong Yik also concluded the meet with multiple medals – 2 bronze medals each – in the Junior “D” category for 11 and 12 year old skaters.

RESULTS
Men’s Junior ‘B’ 500m
1st – Trevor Tan Xuxuan

Men’s Junior ‘B’ 1,000m
1st – Trevor Tan Xuxuan

Men’s Junior ‘B’ 1,500m
1st – Trevor Tan Xuxuan

Boys Junior ‘D’ 500m
3rd – Ryo Ong Yik (50.616s)

Boys Junior ‘D’ 777m
3rd – Ryo Ong Yik (1:21.141s)

Girls Junior ‘D’ 777m
3rd – Amelia Chua Rae-Lene (1:24.412s)

Girls Junior ‘D’ 1,000m
3rd – Amelia Chua Rae-Lene (1:53.747s)