KUCHING: Away from the fanfare of publicity, two young Sarawakians were reaping the rewards of their hard work in two junior tennis tournaments in Peninsular Malaysia last month.
Jane and Augustine Chang, the younger siblings of Oscar, a state Sukma XII player, returned with results that not only did the state proud but also warmed the cockles of their father Charles’ heart.
Moreover, their creditable showings are apt repayment for their dad’s unflinching support as well as ample proof that what big brother (Oscar) can do, they can too.
Jane won the girls U-14 singles and doubles while Augustine finished runnerup in the boys U-14 singles and doubles in the 45th Port Dickson Open from Nov 12- 15.
The duo from SMK Kuching High also acquitted themselves well in a subsequent tournament – the Genting- Selangor International Junior Open – from Nov 24- 29.
Here, Jane emerged the runner-up in the girls U-16 doubles and made the semifinal in the U-14 singles while Augustine was the runner-up in the boys U-14 singles and doubles.
Chang said yesterday he was happy with the sporting achievements of his three children, noting that the time and money invested in their development were bearing fruit.
“Jane and Augustine’s participation in the two tournaments last month was self-sponsored and the results mean more than anything else to me,” he added.
Chang said his children also played for the state in the Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) tournament, Borneo Games, Asean Schools Championship, Sukma, ECM Libra Games and Junior Davis Cup.
Jane also won the girls U- 14 doubles in the third leg of the Milo-SportsExcel Championship in Kuala Lumpur this year and reached the last eight of the U-14 singles while Augustine won the boys U- 14 doubles gold medal and made the second round in the boys U-14 singles.
Oscar took the boys U-18 singles gold medal.
Jane helped Sarawak win the girls U-15 team gold medal in the 2009 MSSM Championship in Kuching while Oscar was a member of the Sarawak squad that won the boys U-17 team gold medal.
Chang said Oscar started playing tennis when he was 10 while Jane took up the sport at eight and Augustine at seven.
“Oscar was very sad when he lost in his first tournament as a 10-year-old after some ‘uncles’ (older players) poked fun at him. They told him to stop playing and don’t waste his father’s money.” But Chang told his eldest boy to ignore the remarks and train hard to improve.
“Let your racquet do the talking,” Chang said, adding that he was happy that Oscar had developed into a better player now and was getting good results.
Oscar was in the national team that placed 11th out of 16 teams in the Junior Davis Cup tournament in New Delhi, India.
He also played in the Asean Schools Championship for Malaysia which finished fourth out of six teams.