Born and raised in Singapore, Wai Mun’s passion for sports started at a young age, representing his primary school in basketball. He was a leader in the National Cadet Corp in secondary school and a cross-country runner in his college years.
It was during his time with the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Dragonboat Team that Wai Mun realised sports is his calling. He was introduced to rowing at the end of 2006. Successfully graduating from NTU with an Honors Degree in July 2007, Wai Mun dedicated himself to becoming at athlete, under the guidance of ex-team mate Elsie Lim, SEA Games Silver and Bronze medalist, and coach Gay Horan.
In 2007, after just 10 months, Wai Mun made his debut at the Asian Rowing Championships, where he came in 9th. At the beginning of 2008, Wai Mun traveled to Sydney to row with Sydney University Boat Club, under Alan Bennett, Head Coach of the Sydney University Womens Rowing Club, in the run up to the Olympic Qualification Regatta for Asia. Even though he was still relatively new to rowing, Wai Mun displayed an impeccable level of maturity to learn as much as he could and made leaps of improvement to his rowing. Despite missing out on a qualification spot, Wai Mun’s character showed as he displayed the courage to step up to the challenge. Wai Mun’s passion for rowing was evident and his performance over the past months has certainly made him the one to watch out for in the future.
In 2008/2009, despite having to train and compete entirely on his own, with support from his physiologist Daniel Plews and coach Gay Horan, he achieved a 6th place finish at the 2009 Asian Rowing Championships to become the only Singapore rower to qualify and compete at the 2010 Asian Games. Wai Mun was given the opportunity to train with Mercantile Rowing Club, The Mecca of Rowing, in Melbourne, Australia, under Head Coach Alastair Isherwood to prepare for the 2010 Asian Games.
Wai Mun’s continued to pursue his ultimate goal of qualifying for the Olympics. In 2011, he made his way back to Mercantile Rowing Club, “The Mecca of Rowing”, in Melbourne, Australia. Coached by Sandy Mitchell and Alastair Isherwood and the support of the club, Wai focused on preparing for the 2011 SEA Games. Wai had a huge load on his shoulder having to compete in the LM2X and the M1X. It was not meant to be as Wai was unable to overcome the odds. With just an hour apart one another, Wai only managed 5th place in both events.
Wai was hungry to bounce back up to prepare for the 2012 Asian Olympic Qualification regatta. Unfortunately, things took a turn as he found out that he would be passed off entirely for selections and was denied a chance at the qualification regatta, even though he has never lost a trial.
It took Wai two months to find himself again. Determined to not let the critics kill a dream, he channeled his energy to what mattered and naturally looked to cycling to make a transition. Wai’s numbers in the laboratory as well as his professionalism as an athlete, were good enough to convince Singapore Cycling to give him a shot at track cycling. With the help of Singapore Cycling, Wai was warmly introduced to the track by Murray Hall and Track Cycling WA. Without a velodrome in his backyard, Wai’s challenge is getting to tracks abroad to gain enough practice and experience to compete with the best.
The dream is still alive. Believe. In just 6 months, Wai was selected to compete at the 2013 Asian Cycling Championships in the Keirin. His focus now is to start being competitive in Asia and gain UCI points to qualify to race at the UCI World Cups. To do so, he has to travel to race at UCI sanctioned races around the world.
He hopes to inspire the young generation of Singaporeans to not be bounded by social norms, live the life they choose to live and pursue their dreams. Wai Mun is also a Product Specialist with Rudy Project Singapore. When he isn’t cycling, he lifts weights and enjoys a nice cuppa coffee.