Thursday, 14 January 2016


2015 has been a fabulous year for Aaron. Beginning with the National Junior Circuit Leg 1 in January where Putrajaya played host, Aaron finished as semi-finalist in both U12 singles and doubles category.

In March, Aaron became champion in MSSD Putrajaya district and qualified for MSSM which he finished a dismal quarter-final round. Then in April, the Leg 2 of the National Junior Circuit in Malacca saw him advance to the quarter-finals while in the doubles, he and Jie Yang lost in the first round. Despite this, he collected enough points to qualify for both singles and doubles in the penultimate National Junior Grand-Prix finals in Kedah. 

In Kedah, nobody would have expected little Aaron finished the way he did in the semi-finals. It was a feat that surpass all our expectations. The climax of the year was when Aaron has been selected by Kem Badminton Astro for an all expense paid trip to Tokyo Japan via a birthday treat recorded by Astro and aired in Astro Arena 801.

Aaron finished the year in a high for the PJba U13 ranking selection. He was unbeaten in all his 6 games to qualify for 2016 Putrajaya state team.

2015 Achievements
Jan 2015              : National Jr Circuit Leg 1 Putrajaya           Semi-final
Mar 2015             : MSSWP Putrajaya                                   Champion
Mar 2015             : TM Sports Klang                                      Champion
Apr 2015              : National Jr Circuit Leg 1 Melaka               Quarter-final
Aug 2015              : National Jr Grand-Prix Finals, Kedah        Semi-final
Aug 2015              : FLC Sports Day, Looi Academy               Champion
Dec 2015              : Team 16 Tournament, Cheras                  Runners-up

Dec 2015              : PJba U13 Ranking, Putrajaya                     Unbeaten in his Group

2015 Training Stats

In 2015 incredibly the boys had quite a hectic training schedule which both my wife and I had to put up with.

They have occupied 302 days out of 365 days for training.
That works out to be 82.7%. On average, they train 5.79 days per week. Average training duration per session is 2+ hours but this is difficult to measure because some duration could be 3.5 hours but they may be idling due to the large group.

The highest training days per month were 28 days during Jan, Mar and Jul. The lowest was 17 days in Jun and this was during the mid year school break where Aaron also suffered ankle sprain and was resting and holidaying for 2 weeks. Note that tournament hours are included in the stats but off-court physical training eg. Jogging, sprinting etc. are not included.

Who did they train with?

29% of their training were with my wife and I.
14% were with private coaches.
49% were with Putrajaya.
9% were others eg. Astro Kasih, MSSD/M, sparring etc.

What sort of training is best?

Corrective training. We shoot video clips to playback where they'd gone wrong and we take it on court to focus on these. For the bad habits which are beyond us, thats where the private coaches come in to assist. For Putrajaya, its more of a requirement than anything but its good to keep their physical momentum going.

At this age where most kids are undergoing the transition to puberty, its more challenging to keep them disciplined. We will be looking for quality sparring groups and continue to build their skills and court temperament.

Saturday, 28 November 2015



1st Round    :   Ryan vs Edeson Chang      11-2, 11-3
2nd Round   :   Ryan vs Tan Cheok Kee     11-4, 11-5
Quarter Final :  Ryan vs Thevan                 10-11, 6-11 



1st Round  : Aaron (3/4) vs Bye
2nd Round : Aaron (3/4) vs Chen Yi Ming (Sing)         30 - 12
3rd Round  : Aaron (3/4) vs Wong Jia Cheng              30 - 23
Qtr Final    : Aaron (3/4) vs  Lee Qi Hong                   15-21, 21-19, 17-21


1st Round  : Aaron/Qi Hong vs Bye
2nd Round : Aaron/Qi Hong vs Ee Yong Xin/Herman                 30-11
3rd Round  : Aaron/Qi Hong vs Anson Cheong/Chia Jeng Hon   26-30


1st Round   : Ryan vs Hanif                                 30 -   3
2nd Round :  Ryan  vs Ainur Mohd                       30 - 14
3rd Round  :  Ryan vs Mohd Amar                         9 - 30


1st Round  : Ryan/Wong CC vs Bye
2nd Round : Ryan/WongCC vs Md Adib/Md Zakwan                  30-10
3rd Round  : Ryan/WongCC vs Chia KL/Kevin Say                    30-25
Quarter Final : Ryan/WongCC vs Choi JS/Shaun Yeoh               8-21, 9-21

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Putrajaya U12 Boys Singles Ranking

This is preparation for the 100-Plus U12 & U15 Inter-State Junior Team competition held in Johor on the 9th December 2015.

Rank Aaron Haris Azam Li Chai Jie Yang Mukris
1)   Aaron   21 - 16 (W) 21 - 17 (W) 21 - 17 (W) 21 - 13 (W) 21 - 5 (W)
2)   Haris 16 - 21 (L)   23 - 21 (W) 24 - 22 (W) 21 - 17 (W) 21 - 7 (W)
3)   Azam 17 - 21 (L) 21 - 23 (L)   21 - 17 (W) 21 - 17 (W) 21 - 7 (W)
4)   Li Chai 17 - 21 (L) 22 - 24 (L) 17 - 21 (L)   21 - 14 (W) 21 - 3 (W)
5)   Jie Yang 13 - 21 (L) 17 - 21 (L) 17 - 21 (L) 14 - 21 (L)   21 - 11 (W)
6)   Mukris 5 - 21   (L) 7 - 21   (L) 7 - 21   (L) 3 - 21   (L) 11 - 21 (L)  



Aaron receiving PROTECH sponsored assessories from the President of PJba
The venue of the GP in Kedah

Aaron U12Singles, Aaron/Jie Yang U12Doubles, Jay/Yang U14 Doubles & Kin Wai/Shaun U16Doubles
Appreciation ceremony for the sponsor at the eve before taking off to Kedah B.A.
The Prospectus

The Organiser's main table, the heart of the GP operations.
Medals Tables glitters for the worthy winners
Players parade Quarter Finals with Chung Zhen Thai of Perak
Semi finals with Selangor Ace, Kenny Khiew

Podium Winners : Champion - Chia Jeng Hon (Pahang), Runners-up - Kenny Khiew (Selangor), Semi-Finalist : Justin Hoh (KL) & Aaron Wong (Putrajaya)
What will become of this quartet in 10 years time?

Aaron and Jie Yang with the Great Dane

The biggest medal in Aaron's medal collection

Always under the watchful eyes of his mom, ex-NS player herself. 
Job done. You can see he is less stressed now. Well done!


Happy 12th Birthday from Astro Kem Badminton

 Going into their into their 3rd year, Astro Kasih, a Corporate Social Responsibility “CSR” outreach programme from Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd has again invited Malaysian’s boys and girls of ages 10 to 12 to participate in the Kem Badminton Astro. The ultimate prize for the 30 selected participants is an all expense paid trip for a 2-weeks intensive advance training in Tokyo, Japan with the Nippon Badminton Association “NBA”  Juniors. Again Wong Choong Han and his team of ex-BAM players now turned coaches ie. Lee Wan Wah, Chew Choon Eng and Chan Chong Ming were tasked to provide the filtering and selection process.

Sounds like a promotional contest which we see every day in the papers whereby winners will win free holiday trips overseas right? Well, this is serious business by Astro’s CSR undertaken by the volunteers of Astro employees. There was even one qualified state players sacrificed her National Junior GP tournament for this try out. As I understand, more than 1,600 boys and girls from the all over Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak participated in these tryouts held in different states which is a massive undertaking by the Astro employees every year.

Last year, both brothers participated in the tryouts but they only made it to the second round. This year, only Aaron is eligible to participate. I registered him early to book a slot for the tryout on 22nd August held in Kompleks MSN, KL. Not only did he get a call for the second round trials, he was also among 8 boys hand-picked to participate in a 2 day joint-training session with the visiting NBA Juniors.
Joint Training with Nippon Badminton Association Juniors
Subsequently, the field was narrowed down to the last 60 participants. They  were called for a 5-day intensive training camp for the final round selection . Here the group were trimmed down to the final 30 boys and girls. We were hopeful because some top GP names were missing from tryout list and therefore theoretically, Aaron had a clear chance to be among the final 18 boys.

2 weeks passed and we began to hear from other parents some Penang players had already gotten calls from Astro.  We became anxious as were many parents and coaches at this late stage. I was already scouting for local tournaments in case Aaron was not called.
I remembered it was on Friday, 2nd Oct evening while I was in Bahau office rushing to finished up my work before a late night drive back to Puchong, I was interrupted by a phone call. The voice at the other end identified as Astro speaking to me in Mandarin. She asked if I was Aaron’s father. I knew this would be good news but there was more to come. Astro wanted to surprise Aaron by presenting him with the envelope as his birthday present which was on 7th Oct, only 5 days away. I diverted the caller to my wife to make this clandestine arrangements. 

Interview with Kak Dayang
The date was set on Monday evening 5th Oct to hold Aaron’s birthday in his paternal grand parent’s home only this time, the Astro crew with Dayang Zainatull Aqma, Astro Arena hostess was also with us to spring a surprise birthday gift to Aaron. When he arrived, he unsuspectingly opened the back room door to a full view of Astro crew and we can see it in his face that he was pleasantly surprised by this unexpected event. The rest of the episode has been captured in this video clip edited by Astro which was also aired in Astro Arena Kem Badminton channel 801.    

It was certainly the best birthday gift Aaron has ever received and a wonderful gesture from Astro to reach out to the young hopefuls that sometimes, dreams do come true. Although we will not be accompanying little Aaron to Japan, we hope he will enjoy his birthday present and most of all, gain valuable experience from it all. Congratulations Aaron, you’ve earned it!