FORMER Penang Badminton Association secretary and state coach Tony Tan Gim Hin is ready to devote his time for badminton again after retiring from teaching.
The 58-year-old clocked out for the final time at St Xavier’s Institution (SXI) in George Town, Penang, on Friday after a 37-year teaching career.
Tan, who taught Bahasa Malaysia, opted for early retirement.
He was given a rousing send-off by fellow teachers and students at a special assembly.
Apart from the customary goodbye speeches, there were poetry recital and performance by the school’s bagpipe corps during the send-off.
“I have mixed feelings leaving the teaching profession. After contributing to educate students,I want to spend some time for myself and family.
“I am also contemplating resuming my services to badminton,” said Tan.
He began his teaching career at SRK Rantau Panjang in Kelantan in 1979. After graduating from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in Malay Linguistics in 1986, Tan returned to teach in his home state Penang.
He taught at SMK Hamid Khan, Chung Ling High School, SMK Georgetown and SMK Haji Zainal Abidin prior to his final posting at SXI at the beginning of this year.
During his tenure as the Penang Badminton Association secretary from 2009-2014, Penang ended the badminton gold medal drought in the Malaysia Games (Sukma) when Goh Jin Wei clinched the women’s singles title in Kangar two years ago. Tan was also the team manager and a state coach at the time.
He also served as the Badminton Association of Malaysia’s (BAM) coaching and administration committee member during the period.