Seventeen year old Colin Cheng had a breakthrough year in 2006, becoming Singapore’s first World Champion in sailing at the Laser 4.7 World Championships in France. Described as the world’s most competitive youth sailing event, the Laser 4.7 drew 237 competitors from 30 countries. Colin was the first Asian to win the event in its entire 17-year history.
It was an amazing victory for Colin, earning him the title of Singapore’s Sportsboy of the Year for 2007. However, Colin had other crowning moments in 2006. He was one of Singapore Sailing’s gold medalists at the Asian Games in Doha. In the Laser 4.7 class, Colin won the title with a 10-point lead after consistent sailing throughout the competition. Indeed, he had top 3 finishes in 10 of the 12 races.
Colin also has performed extremely well in open events against older, more experienced sailors in the past 18 months. At the Laser Radial World Championships in California, Colin placed a strong 6th among 71 competitors and at the open Asia Pacific Laser Championships in Singapore, he won a bronze medal. He began 2006 with a win at the Australian Youth Championships in the Under 19 category.
From start to finish in 2006, Colin brought international glory to Singapore and its sailing fraternity. It was a remarkable year for a remarkable young man. Singapore can expect his star to continue rising in the coming years.