FORMER international R. Mogan, the 1995 Chiangmai SEA Games 10,000m walk champion, is playing an active role in coaching at grassroots.
The Race Walkers Association of Malaysia (RWAM) recently rewarded Mogan for his commitment towards the development of young walkers.
RWAM deputy president Khoo Chong Beng said Mogan, who is from Negri Sembilan, is helming a junior development programme in Seremban.
“Several of his trainees have also excelled in their respective events in competitions. We felt it was appropriate to recognise Mogan’s contributions to race walking.
“The incentive should be a motivation to him. We also urge other members to be active in the promotion of race walking. They should strive for excellence to take part in events organised by RWAM,’’ said Chong Beng.
Mogan, who received RM500, said he was pleased with RWAM’s appreciation.
“The recognition is meaningful as it encourages me to continue my mission. I am committed towards grooming young walkers. I am also proud of my walkers achievements. They should be commended for following my instructions,’’ said Mogan.
Besides Mogan, the RWAM also rewarded youngsters R. Eswaran and R. Prem Kumar for winning gold medals in the Malaysia Games and Milo-Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) athletics championships respectively.
Eswaran won the gold medals in both the men’s 10,000m and 20,000m walk events in the Malaysia Games while Prem Kumar was the gold medalist in 10,000m in the MSSM athletics championships.
The RWAM rewarded RM1,200 to Eswaran and RM500 to Prem Kumar.
Chong Beng said both the walkers had shown a lot of promise.
“Under the guidance of Mogan we expect them to do well in 2016 Malaysia Games in Sarawak. We are eager to see them qualify for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games,’’ said Chong Beng.
Both Eswaran and Prem Kumar made their presence felt in the third leg of the Milo- RWAM Junior Development programme held at the MSN Sports Complex in Setiawangsa.
They were in the starting line for the men’s Open 5,000m. After a close battle Eswaran won the top spot in a time of 24:32 while Prem Kumar settled for the second spot on 25:11. The third place went to Danial Chai Minwen in 32:49.
In the Under-12 age group, Wong Decky won the gold medal in the boys’ category while the winner in the girls section was Ng Yu Lin.
Celeste Ho, a regular in the circuit, won the gold medal in the girls’ Under-15 category while the boys gold went to Mohammad Alif Mubarak in the boys’ section.
Chong Beng said they were pleased with the participation of juniors.
“Our vision is to encourage students from primary and secondary schools to be active in race walking. We expect them to master the correct walking techniques. We are looking into ways to encourage more primary school children to be active in race walking,’’ added Chong Beng.
The RWAM, he added, would be drawing up its training and development programmes for the new year soon.
Open (5,000m): 1. R. Eswaran 24:32; 2. R. Prem Kumar 25:11; 3. Danial Chai Minwen 32:49.
Under-12 (1,200m): 1. Wong Decky 6:47; 2. Yap Hong Shan 6:53; 3. Ian Haikal Zali &;06
Under-15 (2,000m): 1. Mohammad Alif Mubarak 10:35; 2. Izz Armand Shah Baharum 11:16; 3. Law Yong Pern 13:19.
Under-12 (1,200m): 1. Ng Yu Lin 6:54; 2. Fan Kah Ling 7:13; 3. Soh Wen Ting 7:15.
Under-15 (2,000m): 1. Celeste Ho Wing Sum 12:18; 2. Nur Ilyana Hazmi 11:19; 3. Nur Hidayatul Fazirah 13:27.