Brian Cheong suffers from Type I diabetes, but that hasn’t stopped him from acing studies and sports.
“I just got my results at the AVA Theatre where my principal asked me to stand up and take a bow,” says a surprised Brian. “I was aiming for 12 points and I was very surprised to get a single-digit score, and stunned to find out (that I topped the cohort).”
FORCED TO TAKE BREAKS
Diagnosed with diabetes in late 2013 after an overseas tournament, Brian fought back to fitness and clinched an individual silver medal in the Schools National Fencing Championships in April 2015.
He then took a break from fencing to focus on his studies, paying special attention to Chinese, his weakest subject. “I have been failing Chinese since I was in Secondary 1, but I put in extra effort for the O-Levels and my teachers also helped me a lot,” he said. “That was how I managed to pass the subject and got a C5.”
Because of his medical condition, he had to take forced breaks from time to time while revising for the exams.
AIMING FOR NATIONAL YOUTH TEAM
The fencer had already secured a place at Meridian Junior College through Direct School Admission before the release of the O-Level results, and aims to continue fencing at the Pasir Ris-based school for the next two years. He says: “Right now I am just focused on getting my form back, since I haven’t really been training between the Schools Nationals and the O-Levels.”
“I am aiming to get into the national youth team next year, since selections for this year’s squad are already over,” adds Brian, who has resumed training with his club, Z Fencing.
Reflecting on his four years at the Sports School, he said: “It was a very enjoyable experience; I’ve become more responsible and disciplined, and I’ve gained quite a fair bit of perseverance. “These are core values that will stay with me throughout my life.”