PETALING JAYA: National pistol shooter Eddy Chew is racing against time to impress the selectors for a place in the squad to the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, next April.
Eddy’s last chance to prove himself this year will be at the Selangor Shooting Championships at the National Shooting Range in Subang from Dec 13-17.
The 22-year-old’s name is not in the Commonwealth Games preliminary list.
Only four Kuala Lumpur SEA Games gold medallists – Johnathan Wong Guanjie (10m air pistol), Muhd Ezuan Nasir Khan (50m rifle prone), Benjamin Khor (double trap) and Alia Sazana Azahari (25m pistol) – have been confirmed for the Commonwealth Games.
The National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) will decide on the names of the other shooters after the Selangor meet.
“I’ll have to do well in this last local tournament to strengthen my chances of qualifying for my second Commonwealth Games,” said Eddy, who is pursuing a sports management degree at Universiti Malaya.
“It’s the first major Games next year and I want to be part of the team again. The Selangor meet is a make-or-break tournament for me.”
Eddy impressed in his debut at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, despite it being his first year with the national team. He qualified for the final and finished fourth in men’s 10m air pistol in Glasgow.
He enjoyed a good year this year despite his failure to win a medal at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in August.
“I did well in most of the tournaments this year and even improved on my personal best,” said Eddy, who first caught everyone’s attention in the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games when he won the 50m free pistol gold medal.
“It’s unfortunate that I failed to win a medal at the KL Games. I shot a personal best of 577 en route to qualifying for the final in the 10m air pistol.
“But that was as far as I went at the KL Games.
“I guess the pressure of having to perform at home got to me. I’ve learnt that I need to be more focused.”
Eddy admitted that the last three years with the national shooting had been challenging as he had to juggle his time between his studies and shooting.
“It’s not easy to focus on both but somehow I managed to balance them.
“Hopefully, all my sacrifices will be rewarded with a good showing and a place in the Commonwealth Games squad,” he said.