Figure skating: Chloe Ing strikes gold to lead the way for Singapore at National Championships

SEA Games silver medallist Chloe Ing achieved a personal best technical elements score in the short programme on her way to winning the gold medal in the senior ladies category. PHOTO: PHILIP AU

SINGAPORE - Team Singapore delivered a strong performance in the 17th edition of the National Figure Skating Championships that saw 109 participants from 11 countries compete at The Rink @ JCube from Jan 19 to 20.

SEA Games silver medallist Chloe Ing won the gold medal in the senior ladies category and achieved a personal TES (technical elements score) best score of 31.56 in the short programme, which features seven required elements and lasts no longer than 2min 50sec.

The 19-year-old also clinched the Dr Alan Blinn Memorial trophy for achieving the highest overall score margin between first and second place.

These results serve as a confidence boost for Ing, who will be competing at the ISU Four Continents Championships in Taiwan from Jan 22 to 27.

In the adult master category, Lydia Leung staged an impressive comeback by claiming the title after a 16-year hiatus from the sport.

The 30-year-old won the gold medal in the novice category in 2002 and 2003 - the highest level of competition back then. She hung up her skates in 2004 owing to injury.

"I felt I was ready to come back, not only to compete but also to give back to the community. I hope to venture into coaching and officiating to keep this passion and to grow the sport," said Leung.

National skater Ceciliane Hartmann, 20, beat 108 other participants to lift the Ice Angels Artistic trophy, awarded to the skater with the most artistic execution of a routine.

Said Singapore Ice Skating Association president Sonja Chong: "The figure skating standard in the region has grown significantly and it was definitely a good two days for the young skaters to enjoy and experience true competition, while meeting friends through sports."

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