FOURTEEN-year-old Eng Wei Jin (pic) wants to be an inspiration to other youngsters.
The Johor teenager created history at the South-East Asia (SEASA) Shooting Championships when he became the youngest-ever person to win the double trap individual gold with a 72-shot total at the National Shooting Range in Subang in April.
He will also be the youngest-ever shooter to feature in the KL SEA Games next month.
The astonishing thing about Wei Jin is that he trains on his own during weekends at the Kota Tinggi Shooting Range in Johor.
Wei Jin lives in Johor Baru and travels daily to Singapore to study at the Naval Base Secondary School.
“I train on weekends as I have to travel daily to Singapore for school. Despite training on my own, I am all fired up to represent Malaysia in the SEA Games,” said Wei Jin.
“Winning the gold in the SEASA meet has boosted my confidence. I want to defy the odds and create history in the SEA Games now.
“I want nothing less than the individual gold. Winning gold in the SEA Games will inspire other kids to follow in my footsteps.
He thanked his parents Eng Ching Boon and Peck Geok Hui and former national shooter Edward Khor for encouraging him to take up the sport four years ago.
He made his mark in the sport with the help of coach Yoginder Singh of India.
“I first met my coach at the Asian Olympics Qualifying competition in New Delhi in February last year. My parents hired him and he travelled all the way from India to train me in Johor. I’ve been training under him since last year and I struggled to get used to his teaching methods initially.
“But once I mastered his training methods, I began to improve.
“Yoginder was supposed to come to Malaysia for the SEASA meet in April but he lost his passport. He is a good coach and he even guided 15-year-old double trap shooter Shapath (Bhardwaj) to qualify for the finals of the ISSF World Cup in Larnaka, Cyprus, in February.
“I hope coach Yoginder will be here for the SEA Games to help me win the gold.”
Wei Jin and Benjamin Khor will compete in the individual double trap at the SEA Games.