By Lim Teik Huat | THE STAR | MALAYSIA |
PETALING JAYA: One rarely comes across a swimmer of Sikh descent, but Arvin Shaun Singh is determined to go far in the sport.
The 17-year-old, who is based in Australia, wants to swim for the country at the Philippines SEA Games in December next year and also make it to the Olympic stage one day.
Arvin showcased his talent at the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Perak three months ago by splashing to a double for Terengganu in the boys’ 400m and 1,500m freestyle events. He also took home two silvers in the 200m freestyle and 200m individual medley besides a bronze in the 400m individual medley.
The success in swimming helped Terengganu emerged as the overall champions for Sukma.
However, Arvin decided swimming was his calling instead when he was just nine.
“I played a lot of sports when I was much younger. I used to play football and in fact, I was playing five to six sports a week. But eventually I cut down to just swimming,” said Arvin. It’s an all-round exercise and my parents also have sporting backgrounds, so they support me wholeheartedly on what I choose,” added Arvin, who went to study in Brisbane three years ago.
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