Eddie the Eagle is about an unconventional sports hero, in that he’s barely able to qualify for the Olympics, let alone win a medal. But that’s not the case in Singapore – we’ve got plenty of talented sportsmen and sportswomen who’ve brought medals back to our country, definitely more than Eddie the Eagle has!

These young sports heroes are amazing in how much they’ve accomplished, being only in their 20s. I don’t know about you, but my biggest accomplishment in my 20s was being able to watch the entire Lord of the Rings extended DVD edition in one go without bathing. One day, we’ll be getting a film about how they came to be the paragons of their sport (hint hint Jack Neo).

So here are five Singapore talents that would make an incredible Singapore sports film!

1. Liane Wong

Liane Wong. Credit: My Active Sg

Liane Wong. Credit: My Active Sg

Many of us fantasise about being expert swordsmen with our lightsabers or bamboo poles, but Liane Wong is actually skilled in swordplay. She’s a national fencer, and could probably disarm you with one hand tied behind her back. Heck, even Xena would be no match her for her! Liane Wong got a gold in the 2015 SEA Games Team Foil category, and here’s to hoping that she joins the SAF one day to teach our soldiers some swordfighting skills.

2. Quah Zheng Wen

Quah Zheng Wen. Credit: Yahoo! Sports

Quah Zheng Wen. Credit: Yahoo! Sports

He’s so good at swimming that he’s actually been able to defer NS so he can swim in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, having broken 6 records in last year’s SEA Games. Most of us just head to the pool to swim two laps, then start splashing water at each other before calling it a day. Quah Zheng Wen’s also smart too, being just twoo points short of a perfect International Baccalaureate score (he got 43 out of 45).

3. Shanti Pereira

Shanti Pereira. Credit: Today Online

Shanti Pereira. Credit: Today Online

Shanti Pereira isn’t just a Singaporean sports prodigy, but she’s also famous for breaking many female sports records in the track & field events that she’s competed in, and she’s not even 20 (she turns 20 this year). She’s known for her sprints, being able to run 100m faster than you can Tweet “100m dash #ShantiPereira”. In the 2015 SEA Games, she set a national record in the heats – then went on to break that record in the same day during the actual race. How many of us can say we’ve broken our own record in one day?

4. Brandon Ooi

Brandon Ooi. Credit: Shiok!

Brandon Ooi. Credit: Shiok!

Canoe champion Brandon Ooi has been competing in events since 2009. Given that he’s 22 this year, that means he’s been paddling ever since he was in Secondary 3! He’s also been approached to be a model before, which he turned down to focus on his studies and sports. Now that’s dedication! Even so, he’s on literally every listicle about good-looking Singapore athletes.

5. Mark Leong

Mark Leong. Credit: The Straits Times

Mark Leong. Credit: The Straits Times

Have you tried waterskiing before? As a beginner, you’ll find yourself flat on your face as soon as the boat takes off, gulping down copious amounts of sea water as you’re dragged by a speeding motorboat. Not Mark Leong though – he’s not only good at riding the water, but he can navigate through a zigzag of obstacles, as evidence by his men’s slalom gold wins in the 2015 SEA Games! To slalom is to zigzag through obstacles. If he looks a bit mixed, that’s because he’s of German descent as well.

Eddie the Eagle poster. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Eddie the Eagle poster. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Even though we love our sports heroes, there’s still something about watching an underdog claw his way to fame and recognition, which is what Eddie the Eagle does in his own film! Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself—even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. So catch this feel-good sports movie, and figure out your own path to the Olympics!

Credits: My Active SG, Yahoo! Sports, Today Online, Shiok!, The Straits Times, Golden Village Cinemas