Pagiel Sng, 18, became the first Singaporean figure skater to qualify for the coveted International Skating Union Four Continents Figure Skating Championships after winning the gold medal. during the first senior men’s category of the SEA Open Figure Skating Trophy.
The SEA Open Figure Skating Trophy is the first international figure skating competition to be held in Singapore, taking place September 2-4 at JCube’s The Rink.
A total of 110 figure skaters from 12 countries participated in the competition – namely Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, Hong Kong, India, Korea, New Zealand and Chinese Taipei.
Pagiel took the lead after the competition’s short program on Sept. 3 before skating “My Name” on the final day to emerge victorious with a score of 172.12.
“After taking the lead on Saturday after the short program, I started thinking too much about going into the free program today. But, my coach Robi Chalmers asked me to just focus on skating this program for myself,” Pagiel said during the medal ceremony.
Pagiel’s performance at the competition has achieved the total minimum score of the elements required to qualify for the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships.
UIS The Four Continents Figure Skating Championships is an annual figure skating competition which is open to all skaters representing non-European countries, such as those in Asia, Africa and Oceania.
The championship will take place next year in Colorado Springs, USA, from February 7-12.