Thursday, August 1, 2013

Chua Boon Huat 1980~2013

Such a sad news I read from the internet this morning... National hockey player Chua Boon Huat, better known as Chua by his pals and teammates has passed away in a car accident.
While I feel sad at some passing of a lot of celebrities or sportsmen, this one in particular, saddened me the most. He is indeed, someone quite close to my heart.
I became of fan of him since I first saw him playing at the Commonwealth Games 1998. As a little girl, I fell for his good look but he went on to proof that he wasn't just a pretty face, representing the country in several major competitions including the Olympics and was also once, captain of the Malaysian team. He is by far the one Malaysian hockey player who has the most international caps. I think one important thing is that, he was in fact, the only Chinese player in the team in many years. After him, I don't know when will we see another Chinese guy appearing in our hockey team.
I've met him a few times during my college days and sometime after returning from my studies in Australia, most of the times catching him at hockey matches. Despite having so many girl fans going crazy over him, he was one of the most humble athletes I have ever met. He always humbly sign autograph, take photos, talked to his fans...
I also had an interview with him for my college work back then and I'm still very thankful for that until today. And yes, the No. 3 jersey that he gave me as a gift!
Rest in Peace Chua, you will always be remembered as a national hero, my favourite hockey player of all time! :'(



Indeed we have lost a true national hero.

ShiRLeXia said...

Yes, it's a sad sad day for Malaysian sports!

ean dean said...

it's indeed a great loss to our nation. player like him doesn't come often

ShiRLeXia said...

Yes I totally agree! Having the spirit and physically fit to play and still be good at it at 33 is quite amazing!

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