Lucas Ng, captain of the Singapore Short Track Speed Skating Team, competes during the Singapore Short Track and Ice Speed Skating National Championships in August 2012 at The Rink at JCube. Ng is the coach of the Singapore team at the upcoming International Skating Union World Development Trophy 2013, which will be held from 9-13 April at The Rink. (Photo by Singapore Ice Skating Association)
The Rink at JCube will play host to the inaugural International Skating Union (ISU) World Development Trophy 2013
for short track speed skating this weekend when more than 40 top youth skaters from nine countries converge on Singapore’s first Olympic-sized skating rink to compete in the new competition launched by the ISU.
Representatives from Argentina, India, North Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, South Africa, Thailand, Uzbekistan and host nation Singapore will take to the ice from 9-13 April, in an event earmarked by ISU to help talented youngsters blossom in countries that are identified as having the potential to make a mark in the international skating arena.
The short track speed skating competition will be divided into three categories of Junior for ages 15-18, Junior “C” for ages 13-14 and Junior “D” for ages 11-12. All skaters will compete in the 500-metre and 1,000 metre events, while select skaters will also compete in the 2,000-metre mixed relay. This is the first time an ISU competition will have skaters under the age of 14.
Singapore will be represented by Nadja Chong, Phil Anthony Razo and Grace Wu in the Junior “D” category, while Shyler Ting will compete in Junior “C” and Miki Chong, Chua Qi En, Matthew Mak, Adel Ng, Deanna See and Suhairi Bin Suhani will fly the flag as Junior skaters.
Lucas Ng, coach of the Singapore Team and team captain of the Team Singapore Speed Skating Team competed in the ISU Word Short Track Speed Skating Championships last month in Debrecen, Hungary, making him the first Singaporean to qualify for the event.
“I am excited to see the World Development Trophy come to Singapore,” said Lucas. “Although the team is young, and the sport is new in Singapore, everyone has been putting in their best effort and I look forward to seeing them compete.”
Deanna See (left) and Nadja Chong compete in the Singapore Short Track and Ice Speed Skating National Championships in August 2012 at The Rink at JCube. See and Chong are among the skaters representing Singapore at the upcoming International Skating Union World Development Trophy 2013, which will be held from 9-13 April at The Rink. (Photo by Singapore Ice Skating Association)
Sonja Chong, President of the Singapore Ice Skating Association, believes Singapore playing host to an event of this magnitude underlines its intentions to become regional powerhouses in the sport . She said,”We are honoured that the International Skating Union has placed its trust in its newest short track member nation to host this inaugural development competition. This highlights that ISU belives our region has strong potential for growth, even though the sport is new to the region.”
She added, “Hosting an international competition provides us with the opportunity to showcase this dynamic sport to Singaporeans, and we hope that after this competition, more will try the sport.”
The Singapore competition is the second of a three-leg series and is focused on short track speed skating. The first leg took place in Cieszyn, Poland, and the third leg will be held in Manila, Philippines, from 16-20 April 2013, and both events focus on Figure Skating.