Model teenager eyes gold

Model teenager eyes gold

He wears boyish good looks and shows off a ripped physique.

He's 19, and has already been approached to be a model.

Brandon Ooi is also about to head off to Myanmar to try and win gold for Singapore. The canoeist will compete in the K1 500m event at the upcoming South-east Asia (SEA) Games in Naypyidaw, Myanmar.

The former Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) student was sounded out by two modelling agencies after taking part in the inaugural Youth Olympic Games here in 2010. But he turned down the offers as he wanted to focus on his studies and sport.

In a recent e-mail interview with The New Paper, the full-time national serviceman said: "I haven't done any modelling jobs yet; it would be a great opportunity to experience it, but I don't think modelling attracts me as a long-term career at this point.

"I am still young though, so who knows what can happen," added the 1.73m-tall athlete, who will be featured topless in an upcoming issue of local weekly magazine 8 Days.

Ooi, who won bronze medals in the K2 200m and the 1,000m events at the 2011 SEA Games, picked up the paddle in his secondary school days, after initially being selected for the softball team.

He said: "My impression at the time was that softball was a girls' sport and I didn't really want to do it. "So I looked at other sports I qualified for and I thought canoeing was fun even though I didn't know a single thing about the sport at the time."

His interest in canoeing waned quickly after he found out how tough the training was. He started skipping training sessions until his teacher-in-charge intervened.

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