Winter sports: Speed skater Cheyenne Goh is first S'porean female to qualify for 2017 World C'ships

SINGAPORE - National skater Cheyenne Goh has become the first Singaporean female to qualify for the 2017 ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships.

The 17-year-old had clocked 47.658 seconds in the quarter-finals of the 500m event at the Intercontinental Short Track Invitational in Calgary over the weekend, a result that was good enough to earn her a spot at next year's March 10-12 World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

She also recorded two new personal bests, clocking 1min 38.188sec for the 1,000m and 2:31.457 for the 1,500m.

Based on her time in the 500m, Cheyenne has also qualified for the Jan 27-29 ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Innsbruck, Austria.

Cheyenne, who first picked up the sport at the age of four and is based in Leduc, Canada, will next compete in next month's ISU World Cup Short Track Championships in Calgary and Salt Lake City. She will be joined by national team captain Lucas Ng at both competitions.

Singapore Ice Skating Association president Sonja Chong said: "Singapore short track speed skating has been achieving phenomenal growth, and we are seeing very promising talent emerge in the last few years.

"With new personal bests, Cheyenne has proven yet again that she has what it takes to help put Singapore onto the world short track stage. We will be tracking her progress and performance closely in the upcoming major competitions."