MALAYSIA is well on course to unearthing future squash champions like Datuk Nicol David and Ong Beng Hee, given the development of the sport at junior level.
This is the view of national junior coach Andrew Cross.
A British national, Cross has been coaching the junior squad for the last eight years and pointed out that they made a clean sweep in both the boys and girls’ categories, as well the team events at the CIMB Foundation 17th Asian Junior Team Championships, and this would hold the country in good stead.
He noted that Malaysian junior players enjoyed success in the British Open with three-time British Junior Open champion Ng Eain Yow highlighting the point and that with a sound junior development programme, Malaysia is on the right track to success.
“There are many talented youngsters from all the states and we choose them on merit to join the squad with a view to going on to represent the country.
“To ensure that the juniors remain competitive, we invite international players to remain here with us after competitions to spar with our junior or senior players, and have done so for the last five years.
“This has enhanced the standard of our juniors. It has made them more competitive and experienced players. It has also made them fearless and built up their confidence of playing in competitions and pitting their skills against world-class players,’’ added Cross.
When probed on what could be done to further improve the development of Malaysian squash, Cross said that with the juniors doing well and continuing with their training programmes, exposure was all that remained to take things to a higher level.
Cross expressed these view after the team won four gold medal at the sixth Roasters Eating Day at Kenny Rogers Roasters Restaurant in Mid Valley Megamall. The gold medal winners were Ng Eain Yow, Mohd Farez Izwan Mohd Mokhtar, Darren Chan Ti Lunn and Zoe Foo Yuk Han.
Berjaya Roasters deputy general manager Esther Woo said they were just as excited about the success of the junior squash team and making Malaysians proud.
“It is indeed a great day to celebrate, where we also celebrate health, New Year resolutions and the juniors’ joyous victory.
“During this time of the Chinese New Year celebrations, we also remind Malaysians about the importance of living a healthier lifestyle through well-balanced meals.
“Today, Malaysian who are clad in shades of red and enjoy red-hot meals,’’ she said.
Woo also announced the introduction of the KRR card that is a prepaid card with which members can purchase exclusive merchandise like limited edition soup mugs, get extra bonus points, exclusive offers and birthday gifts.
Guests can purchase the KRR card at a minimum of RM20, which can then be used to purchase food, beverages and merchandise at all KRR restaurants throughout Malaysia.
For details, call 03-211 99888 or visiti krr.com.my or facebook.com/KRRMalaysia