Aaron’s recipe for success
National doubles ace, Aaron Chia vowed to perform his best in the world’s foremost sports competition, Olympics Tokyo.
Aaron who has been partnered with Soh Wooi Yik since 2017 aims to keep up with the victory of Goh V and Tan Wee Kiong, who won the silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Handling his first racquet at the young age of 6-years old, Aaron admitted that without hard work, he won’t make it to the national team, what more to represent his country in the Olympics.
“Hard work plays a vital role in my badminton journey and that include building a great bond with the coach.
My normal practice is to have a discussion with my coach before and after each training so that I know where and what to improve,” said Aaron.
When asked about how he maintains his discipline on- and off-the-court, the shuttler didn’t even flinch and immediately said that it is just a matter of mindset and passion.
“I always remind myself that there are only two options in life, to succeed or to fail. Whichever path we go down is up to ourselves and not on anyone else.
We need to know what we want and once we have chosen our path, we must be committed to take the steps necessary to achieve our destination.
For me, my priority is to always dedicate and plan my time correctly. I schedule my days ahead and have my own routine which I stick to so that I have consistency. On most days, I always come in early to training and for every training session, I give my 100% and everything that I have,” said the Melaka-born athlete.
Despite his early successes and currently the number one pair in the country, the 23-year-old admitted that there are still plenty to improve on. He, however, disagrees that one of his deficiency is his height.
“I frequently hear people say that I cannot go far in badminton because of my height but I always take that positively to accentuate the hidden gem in me.
For me, badminton is all about training, great discipline and passion. So, instead of focusing on my height which I cannot really do anything about, I focus on developing my strength in order to make up for the lack of height. In fact, one of my biggest weapon now is my jumping smash,” revealed Aaron.
The world number 9 who is anticipating a packed calendar for 2021 will be clinging on to his do’s and don’ts in the hope of delivering his best performance at the Olympics.
“In sports, nothing is impossible if we are prepared to put our mind to a specific goal and seriously work towards it.”