EIGHTY-YEAR-OLD Tan Huckgay may not be
involved in sports as he used to be but he still makes
it a point to keep fit.
The octogenarian, who celebrated his 50th
wedding anniversary last
month, used to be active in athletics, football, basketball, hockey,
weightlifting and wrestling.
Huckgay said he had retired from competition
in 1996 following
the advice of his children and grandchildren.
“They felt I should take a break and relax.
But I still want to
maintain a healthy lifestyle,” he added at his residence in Bandar
“So I just do light exercises with clubs
and dumbbells. I also go
for brisk walking and do some gardening.
“You know something? The clubs I am using
are over 100 years old.
They were given to me by my father. And I have been using them since
I first got involved in sports.”
Surprisingly, Huckgay, a father of three children,
involved in any sport during his schooldays. He studied at the
Victoria Institution and worked as an assistant cashier at
After leaving school, Huckgay joined the
Recreation Club (SCRC) as a member. He played as a goalkeeper and
SCRC were the kingpins of Selangor then.
Huckgay played for Selangor in the Malaya
Cup for almost 10
years until 1956. His teammates included the late S. Govindarajoo,
Ghani Minhat and Datuk Harun Idris.
He has many fond memories as a football player.
remembers Selangor's semi-final match against Kelantan in Kota Baru.
The match ended in favour of Selangor. However, the Kelantan players
could not accept the result and there was a big fight.
Huckgay (second from left) with other
KL wrestlers during his younger days.
He was also a member of the KL
Wrestlers who took part in a competition in Singapore in 1945. The
organisers paid $150 to each wrestler.
Huckgay said $150 was a big amount at that time
and they were
also provided with lodging and food.
”However, the money was immaterial. We loved
what we were
doing,'' said Huckgay.
As an athlete, he took part in the long jump,
high jump, 400m,
800m and 10,000m. He cleared five feet and eight inches in a
competition at the YMCA ground in Kuala Lumpur.
Huckgay created an Asian veteran record in
1983 when he clocked
70.0 for the 400m.
Huckgay said he was able to be active in
sports because he had a
supporting wife in Wong Hoi Lin. Although she was not active in
sports, she gave him all the support.
“Yes. I never had the chance to play at
the Merdeka Stadium. All
the big matches were then played at the TPCA ground.
“Also, none of my children seem to be interested
in sport. I
don’t know why. But they have done well in their studies and are all
well off,'' Huckgay added.
He is keen to meet old friends. He can be
contacted at 03-8076 3624.