Winter sports in Singapore

Twin the motivating ingredient for Chloe

Figure skater Chloe Ing, 17, was inspired by watching Olympians on ice.
Figure skater Chloe Ing, 17, was inspired by watching Olympians on ice.PHOTO COURTESY OF SINGAPORE ICE SKATING ASSOCIATION

It was a sport which twin sisters Chloe and Chantelle Ing had enjoyed immensely - jumping, twisting and spinning together on ice .

After all, the two figure skaters have done everything together - school, ballet and even making the same friends.

However, a serious foot injury three years ago during training ended Chantelle's hopes of skating competitively.

Despite the loss of her training companion, Chloe has no qualms about carrying the hopes of her twin sister in figure skating.

The 17-year-old said: "It was pretty sad initially when Chantelle stopped skating, but my sister lives her skating through me and I know she always supports me even though she may not be physically beside me.

"This definitely motivates me to skate even better."

Currently based in Canada, Chloe picked up the sport at the tender age of seven after being fascinated by the Olympic figure skaters she saw on television.

She is tipped to represent the Republic at the 2017 SEA Games, should the discipline be included.

Another Singapore contender is 15-year-old Yu Shuran.

The Republic's youngest senior-level skater is based in Beijing, and was Singapore's first skater to participate in the World Junior Championships in March, where she became the only South-east Asian participant to compete in the final round.

Shuran told The Straits Times: "I hope to see the sport grow in Singapore and more people come forward to take part. This was my first time at an international games and I hope to raise awareness for the sport."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 31, 2015, with the headline 'Twin the motivating ingredient for Chloe'. Subscribe