Heah Hock Aun
连福安
Personal information
Full nameJohnny Heah Hock Aun
CountryMalaysia
Born(1932-01-15)15 January 1932
Penang, British Malaya
Died7 May 2014(2014-05-07) (aged 82)
EventMen's singles & Men's doubles

Heah Hock Aun, (Chinese: 連福安; 15 January 1932-7 May 2014) is a former Malayan (Malaysian) badminton player, known for his accuracy and touch, who excelled internationally during the 1950s.

Early life

Heah was born on 15 January 1932, in Penang, British Malaya. He was the son of Heah Joo Seang, a well-known rubber magnate, philanthropist and politician in Malaya.[1]

Career

Known as Johnny Heah while playing in Europe, he won men's singles at the Scottish Open in 1952, and was runner-up in men's singles to the celebrated Eddy Choong at the prestigious All-England Championships in 1953.[2] His most notable badminton achievement was winning men's doubles at the 1957 All-England's with American Joe Alston, beating Eddy Choong and his brother David.[3] Heah represented Malaya in the 1958 Thomas Cup (world team championship) Challenge Round, splitting his two doubles matches in Malaya's loss of the cup to Indonesia.[4]

Personal life

Heah married Amy Choong, cousin of the famous Malaya badminton players, David E. L. Choong and Eddy Choong, in 1955.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Amy Heah Admitted to Colony Bar". The Straits Times. 31 May 1958.
  2. ^ Herbert Scheele ed., The International Badminton Federation Handbook for 1967 (Canterbury, Kent, England: J. A. Jennings Ltd., 1967) 166, 262.
  3. ^ Scheele, 168.
  4. ^ Scheele, 78.
  5. ^ "Penang Badminton Couple Wed". The Straits Times. 18 July 1955.