Taipei, A member of the Republic of China (ROC) Navy on Sunday finished fourth in the solo exhibition event at the World Drill Championships (WDC) in Florida and earned a special award.
Seaman Su Chi-lin (???), a member of the ROC Navy Honor Guard, gained special recognition, earning the Constantine Wilson Award, according to a statement released by the Navy on Monday.
According to the WDC, the award is named after Constantine Wilson, founder of the internationally touring rifle exhibition drill team New Guard America, and was given to Su in recognition to his eye-catching performance in the competition.
Su was the first member of the ROC Honor Guard to ever compete in the WDC wearing the military uniform of the ROC.
ROC Navy Commander Admiral Huang Shu-kuang (???), who called Su to congratulate him on earning the special honor, said it will not only bring the seaman international fame but will also put Taiwan in the global spotlight.
In response, Su thanked Huang for the call and said it was heartwarming for him to watch a short motivational video sent by Huang and several of his comrades on Saturday before the competition.
"I cried after seeing the clip as I was under tremendous pressure at the time," Su said, adding that the encouraging words had boosted his confidence. Su said he wanted to share the honor with all of his comrades in Navy and with the nation as a whole.
Su, 28, joined the Air Force Honor Guard as a 19-year-old doing his compulsory military service. He later decided to voluntarily join the Navy and serve in the Navy Honor Guard to continue his gun drill training.
In 2015 and 2016, he won the Taiwan's annual Tri-Service Honor Guard competition solo exhibition.
According to WDC website, there were 36 contestants in this year's preliminaries of the drill championships in Florida.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel