James Wong represented Singapore in two fencing events at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He participated in the men’s foil and epee events, making it to the second round for the latter.
The former national fencer came to Singapore when he joined the air force. In the lead-up to the Games, he practiced silently at night in his kitchen for months on end with a fencing weapon fashioned out of a bamboo pole. James’ sparring partner Ronald Tan also qualified for and went to the Olympic Games.
In regional tournaments, James took home silver medals at each of the SEA Games from 1989 to 1993, but never gold.
This translated into a hunger to inspire the next generation of fencers to take home the gold medal. After retiring, he became the vice president of the Singapore Fencing Association. He has also served as national coach.