C. Paramalingam receives Vocational Service Award for his immense contribution to the sport until today
FORMER hockey international and national coach C. Paramalingam was one of three recipients of the Rotary Club of Klang’s Vocational Service Award recently.
Paramalingam was recognised for his contribution to the development and promotion of hockey.
While many former national and state players have retired, the 81-year-old Paramalingam continues to guide young boys and girls in Klang.
Rotary Club of Klang president Adrian F. Minjoot said Paramalingam was a good role model for upcoming hockey players and coaches.
“He was both a player and coach. He has played in all the major tournaments, including the Asian Games and the Olympics. He was also a reputed coach and had helmed the Malaysian team for the 1984 Olympics and 1982 Asian Games.
“More importantly, he is still actively involved in hockey. He is an icon and has contributed a lot to the community,” said Minjoot.
The other two recipients were Malaysian Employers’ Federation (MEF) executive director Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan and Ijok state assemblyman Dr Idris Ahmad.
Minjoot said both Shamsuddin and Dr Idris had contributed a lot to community projects.
“They have contributed with dedication and commitment in their respective fields,” he added. Dr Idris said he was a reluctant politician and his vision was to serve the community.
“We have to help all those in need of assistance. Giving money alone is not enough. We must be able to interact with them to understand their problems. I am committed to serving the less fortunate,” he said.
Paramalingam, who was active in athletics, badminton, football, tennis and cricket during his schooling days in Teluk Anson (now Teluk Intan), concentrated on hockey after finishing second in the 100-yard sprints at the Perak AAA open championships in 1955.
In hockey, Paramalingam has the distinction of having coached the Asian All-Stars during their Asian and European Tour in 1989.
Paramalingam said he was honoured to receive the award given by the Rotary Club of Klang.
“It is always wonderful when one’s contribution is recognised by the community. I will continue to be active in coaching at grassroots. I see a lot of enthusiasm among the young boys and girls who come for regular training sessions.
“I am getting some youngsters to assist me. That’s the only way to see more of the younger generation giving back to the sports. I would also like to see the Rotary Clubs in Malaysia play an active role in the promotion and development of sports,” said Paramalingam
At the event, the Rotary Club of Klang also inducted two new members – S. Kugayndran Kalingaraja and S. Gunarasa.