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Richmond yo-yo teen ranks top 10 in the world

The Canadian champion impressed judges in Osaka, Japan earlier this month

A young professional yo-yo player from Richmond recently wowed judges in an international contest held in Osaka, Japan.

Terrance Wang, who was recently crowned the Canadian yo-yo champion in May, came 10th in both the 1A and 4A divisions at the World Yo-yo Contest held from Aug. 17 to 20.

“I’m happy that I was able to win the Canadian National Yo-yo Contest and make finals in probably the most competitive World Yo-yo Contest in both the 1A and 4A division,” he said, adding that the 1A division was the “most stacked” and “most popular” division.

The Palmer secondary student is the first Canadian yo-yo player to make it into the top 10 ranking in two divisions in the world contest for more than a decade.

He was seeded in two semi-finals and managed to stand out with his flashy moves and confident demeanour among 367 competitors from more than two dozen countries.

Wang was no stranger to the world contest and was “very excited and confident” to return to the world stage after the event took a four-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The competitive yo-yo scene has now evolved a lot and the standards are higher than ever. It’s great to see many yo-yo players from the newer generation improve so much,” he said.

Looking back on the past year, Wang is proud of his achievements and is setting his sights on next year’s world’s, which will take place in Cleveland, Ohio.

“I want to figure out what I am missing to do even better at the next World Yo-yo Contest,” he said.