Scott Wong all prepared to set a new personal best in Glasgow. (Photo by Singapore Weightlifting Federation)
Team Singapore athlete Scott Wong Wei Gen is set to compete in the Commonwealth Games, which is his first ever major tournament, following his switch from discus to weightlifting a year ago.
Wong, who was previously earmarked as a potential successor to multiple SEA Games medallist James Wong in discus, is set to compete in the above 105kg category in Glasgow.
The 24-year-old was talent-spotted by weightlifting coach Wu Chuanfu when Wong was training in the weightlifting gym at Singapore Weightlifting Federation in 2013.
“It has been a humbling journey to qualify for the games after just 10 months of taking up weightlifting and I would like to do my best for all the people who have supported me in one way or another,” said Wong who won top spot in the British Northern Championships 2013 and British Student Championships 2014 in the above 105kg category.
While representing track and field, Wong has achieved several notable accolades including a gold medal in discus (new meet record) and shot put at the ASEAN Schools Athletics Championships in 2008. Wong also came in fourth place during the 2009 SEA Games in discus.
Despite his eagerness to bring glory to the country in his new sport, Scott believes that he should focus on enjoying the competition, and put up a show of precision, panache and perseverance.
With hopes placed on the national athletes to give their best and do the nation proud in the international arena, Wong found a way to build on his mental strength, by doing more training.
“I love to hang out at the weightlifting room. That is where I can destress, have fun, and improve upon myself all at the same time.” commented Wong who lifted 312kg at the Central England Weightlifting, Nottingham Open in May earlier this year.
That successful lift gained the nod from Singapore National Olympic Council selection committee for Wong to represent Singapore at the Commonwealth Games. Scott is aiming for a new personal best of 315kg to 320kg in Glasgow.
Joining Scott at the Games is his teammate, Lewis Chua Yong Hwee who will be competing in the same category on 31 July. Continue to pledge your support to our athletes via www.facebook.com/teamsg and instagram! #ourteamsg