WONG Zi Liang Derek < Back  
Sport Badminton
CGA Singapore   
Gender Men
Born 13 Jan 1989
Height1.76 m
Weight 68 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Vanessa Neo
Residence Singapore, SIN
Occupation Analyst, Athlete, Student
Languages English, Mandarin
Higher education Management - Singapore Institute of Management: Singapore
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing badminton at age seven in Singapore.
Why this sport? He was encouraged to take up the sport by his parents.
Name of coach Ding Chao [national]; Chua Yong Joo [national]
Handedness Right
General Interest
Hobbies Reading, movies. (Facebook page, 28 Jul 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (Athlete, 04 Aug 2016; todayonline.com, 08 Apr 2015)
Most influential person in career His father Shoon Keat. (Athlete, 04 Aug 2016)
Hero / Idol His father Shoon Keat. (Athlete, 04 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto "If you believe it, you can see the results." (Athlete, 04 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours He was named flag bearer for Singapore at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (todayonline.com, 25 Jul 2016)

He was named Straits Times Athlete of the Month for August 2011. (BWF, 12 Jun 2016)
Famous relatives His father Shoon Keat won a gold medal in badminton at the 1983 South East Asian Games in Singapore. His mother Irene Lee and his wife Vanessa Neo have also competed in the sport at international level. His younger brother Jason has been a member of the national intermediate badminton squad. (tnp.sg, 30 Mar 2016; todayonline.com, 24 Mar 2014; asiaone.com, 16 Jul 2013; menshealth.com.sg, 15 Jan 2013)
Ambitions To reach the quarterfinals in the men's singles at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (todayonline.com, 25 Jul 2016)
Other information OCCUPATION
In 2014 he began working as a part-time research analyst for Deloitte in Singapore. (tnp.sg, 30 Mar 2016)

DOUBTS
In 2010 he considered giving up professional badminton after a lack of training time during his national service left him trailing his rivals. "My parents told me, 'Derek, you can still do it, don't give up'. Those were very simple words, but they made a lot of difference." (menshealth.com.sg, 15 Jan 2013)