By: Lee Jinjia
Eddy Chew, who turns 21 this year, has experienced several ups and downs in his relatively young shooting career. He made his Southeast Asian (SEA) Games debut for Malaysia in 2013, participating in the 10m Air Pistol and 50m Free Pistol events.
Being a SEA Games debutant at a then age of 18-years-old, he defied all odds to clinch a total of four medals at the 2013 SEA Games in Yangon:
Men’s 10m Air Pistol- Silver
Men’s 50m Free Pistol- Gold
Men’s 10m Air Pistol Team- Bronze
Men’s 50m Free Pistol Team- Bronze
Greater things were expected of Eddy after he put in such a stellar performance at his debut games. He was a force to be reckoned with and his opponents became wary of him.
However, his performance plummeted at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, missing out on a medal finish in both the 10m and 50m Pistol events.
Despite facing such a crushing setback so early in his career, Eddy did not allow it to dampen his spirits or discourage him. Instead, he chooses to harness this negative experience to help him rediscover his previous good form. He chooses to be a fighter.
“My coach always says that I am a fighter, because I always fight very hard, especially in the finals.
I am not doing so well, but it is still good as I still managed one silver and one gold at the AUG. I maintained my score for international games as I got a score of 574 at the 2013 Singapore Opens, the last SEA games I dropped to 558, and here I maintained 570,” he said.
He is slowly, but surely regaining his early career form starting with the current AUG in Singapore.
Eddy’s fighting spirit is also matched up in equal measure by his ambition.
“I want to do better to reclaim my gold at the next SEA Games. I also narrowly missed out on qualification for the Rio Olympics, but I am targeting to qualify for the next one,” laments Eddy.