(UPDATED) Seven-year-old M’sian skater Abiraame bags five golds in Abu Dhabi
The ice skating champion bagged five gold medals at the Middle East 4th official ISI International Figure Skating tournament in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE), which took place on 14 and 15 February 2019 (Thursday and Friday). Winning five gold medals isn’t an easy feat.
The seven-year-old also a Kingsley International School student triumphed in the girl’s 7-8 years category Speed Skating, Freestyle, Solo Camp Freestyle, Artistic Freestyle and Footwork 1.
“I thank each and every Malaysians who pray for Sree to succeed in the tournament,” father B. Chendren said.
Sree’s achievements don’t come as something new as she already taken the ice skating scene by storm with her impressive talent earlier last year. She dominated her category in Bangkok by taking home four golds, one silver and one bronze medal.
She won gold in the speed racing, freestyle 1, solo competition freestyle and artistic freestyle for the under seven categories. She defeated every athlete from China as well as Hong Kong.
When asked by The Star, Sree mentioned that her goal is to win all the categories that she will be competing in the future. She added,
“I can do better. I won four gold medals in China and four in Bangkok.”
Sree was introduced to the sport at the tender age of three and she has already set her sight on becoming an Olympic champion just like her idol Yuna Kim, a South Korean figure skater.
Her father, B. Chendren, explained that Sree is a fast learner. However, she suffered an injury that almost ended her career in 2015. He elaborated,
“But she came back strongly and in 2017, she participated in several championships. That’s when we knew she was serious about the sport. As parents, we will motivate her to do something that she is passionate about.”
In a Facebook post, Sree thanked all the Malaysians who have been supporting her. She said,
“I hope all Malaysians will be with me as I prepare myself to bring back glory and gold for Malaysia at the Winter Olympics in 2026.”
Chendren said his family is funding her competition expenses and if the government helps out, skaters like her can take part in many international competitions.
“Most of the skaters are self-funded. We hope that the Youth and Sports Ministry sees the potential of these athletes. With the right backing, many skaters like Julian Yee and young ones like my daughter are able to make the nation proud with their prowess.
“In years to come, if there is backing, we might even have a Malaysian gold medallist in the Winter Olympics.”
Congratulations, Sree from all of us. We know greatness awaits you in the future and we are with you every step of the way !