Boy, did Jia Yi make the world take note

Boy, did Jia Yi make the world take note
Loh Jia Yi, The Straits Times' Star of the Month for July.

SINGAPORE - Scribbles and doodles are common - and often meaningless - for young children.

But for newly-crowned Optimist world champion Loh Jia Yi, one particular Post-it note from the sailor's childhood has proven extra special.

It reads simply: World Optimist Champ. Loh Jia Yi.

Neither the 15-year-old nor his parents can recall why or when exactly he jotted that down, but it is not hard to see why that little note was kept and later laminated.

Jia Yi, The Straits Times' Star of the Month for July, topped a field of 259 sailors in Lake Garda, Italy, last month to earn the right to be called world champion.

The Raffles Institution student's sporting career first started in swimming. But he found it too boring.

He then dabbled in badminton before going into competitive sailing. No wonder his father admits he never thought his only child would go on to be a world-beater.

Said 48-year-old Loh Tat Keong, who set that now-precious Post-it note aside for keeps: "We (as parents) never really envisioned that it would happen."

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