Malaysians are truly a talented lot.
The latest to join the list of Malaysians who made the country proud this year is a 17-year-old boy, who became the first Malaysian to win a medal at a prestigious ballet competition.
The Malay Mail
reported that Julian Wen-Sheng Gan won silver at the prestigious Genée International Ballet Competition in Toronto, Canada recently.
In fact, he also became the first Malaysian to enter the final round of the competition, which was organised by the the world’s most influential dance and training organisation, the London-based Royal Academy of Dance.
Julian, who reportedly started dancing at the tender age of three, however, had a rough journey to the top.
In a previous interview with with The Star Online
, Julian revealed that he was bullied in school for dancing ballet.
“I was bullied because I did ballet, wore tights and looked like a ‘sissy’. At times, I felt really lonely,” he shared.
To add insult to injury, his father died due to pancreatic cancer merely a month before the competition.
But like they say, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, and Julian proved the saying true by winning the silver medal.
“Winning the silver was a pleasant surprise considering that the competition was very tough.
“To be able to win such a prestigious competition was more of an honour rather than a merit,” he was quoted by the news portal as saying.
Julian reportedly fell in love with ballet when he joined the Asian Grand Prix International Ballet Competition in 2014, and he started pursuing it full time after that.
Due to his hard work, Julian won a gold medal and a scholarship to attend the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C.
He said while the dance was mostly participated by girls, more boys have started appearing in ballet scenes around the world, even in Malaysia.
You make us proud Julian, and keep up the good work!