Golds in ’13 and ’15 part of a bigger dream
10 July 2017
The rise of Clarence Chew in men’s table tennis has been a thrilling journey to witness. Born to a pedigree of table tennis professionals, he’s lived and breathed table tennis for as long as he can remember. Singapore first got a taste of his talent in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games and again at the 2013 SEA Games, where he helped win the Men’s Team gold.
Proving that the win was not a flash in a pan, Clarence got himself a Gold again in the Men's Team finals during the 2015 SEA Games. Buoyed by the relentless cheering of the Singapore home crowd during the third match of the finals, Clarence delivered an explosive forehand that Vietnam’s Dinh Quang Linh had no way of returning. As Dinh's shot trailed to the right to land on the floor, Clarence raised both arms in elation, spinning to face the crowd as they roared. The men’s team gold was secured. Our young table tennis star had brought it home.
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"From the past 2 editions of the SEA Games, I have gained a lot of experience that will help me at the SEA Games this year.”
– Clarence Chew
Since his successes at the previous SEA Games, Clarence has made the bold decision to pursue table tennis full-time in order to become the best he can be.
Being a full-time athlete means a clocking a minimum of 6 to 8 hours of training a day for 6 days a week, as well as a packed roster of tournaments, meets and competitions that can see Clarence in Singapore one week and off to Taiwan, Korea or anywhere else the champions are converging the next. Yet, Clarence takes all of the competitions and time commitments in his stride. He knows the intensity of the training is a necessity.
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It’s also an obsession. If you happen to spot Clarence as he walks from the Singapore Sports School campus to grab lunch, don’t be surprised to suddenly see him practicing ‘air table tennis.’
He’s so committed to the sport that even during those short walks, his arm might spontaneously burst into action to practice a spin or perfect a serve – sans ball, sans paddle – just vision and passion. Every moment he spends perfecting his sport, is another bit of momentum he can bring with him onto the table.
Read on to find out what Clarence has up his sleeves as he journeys to the 29th SEA Games in KL!
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