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Amazing Ashton

October 4, 2013 - 12:26am



He was still locked in battle when his four teammates had sewn up the boys’ C Division tennis title for Raffles Institution.

But as team captain, Ashton Tan wasn’t prepared to sit back and take it easy against his opponent.

Despite losing the first set 4-6, the Year 2 student recovered to win the remaining sets 7-5, 6-3 in an epic encounter lasting more than two hours.

The result gave RI an emphatic 5-0 victory over the Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) in April.

It was also typical of Ashton’s leadership style.

“I was most fired up during the last set because everyone else had won by the time I finished my second set and I really wanted to help the team win 5-0,” said the 14-year-old, who is a fan of Swiss master Roger Federer.

“As the captain, I have to be a role model for the team. For example, when I feel tired during physical training, I push myself on so that when the others look at me, they will also want do the same.

“Even though we had won, I still felt that I had to get a result for the team.”

While tennis is his first love – he saw his cousin playing when he was eight and caught the bug – Ashton is also an accomplished runner.

After being spotted by a teacher during RI’s inter-house cross-country competition last year, Ashton, who loves running, agreed to join the school team.


In March, he finished 22nd at the Schools National Cross Country Championships to help RI finish third overall.

About three weeks later, Ashton took part in the 800m event at the Schools National Athletics Championships.

Despite being approached to run the event before the cross-country championships, his talent shone through as he nabbed the C Division silver medal in 2min 16.44sec while RI finished second overall.

For mum Tan Shiok Eng, Ashton’s growth since taking up sports has been nothing short of astounding.

“Ashton has grown up a lot and has learnt to be independent,” said the housewife.

“Since young, his plate has always been full and he has excellent time management skills.

“Most importantly, he has learnt to have a winning attitude whether he wins or loses and he has made good friends who are likely to be life-long ones.”

While Ashton concedes that it will only get harder to repeat his achievements next year, he will continue to chase his tennis dream.

He said: “In Sec 3, the workload will be heavier, so I will have to decide whether to continue with cross-country and track.

“I have to be practical because it will be hard to add another sport if I want to do well in my studies and tennis.

“Right now, I just want to train hard and see how far I can go, although I’m hoping I can win the Singapore Open by the time I’m 17 or 18.”



  Good Luck

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加油 がんばれ。

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