TEACHERS have been urged to play an active role in the development of sports.
Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamed Ali made the call at the Kuala Lumpur Schools Sports Council (MSSKL) Appreciation Awards ceremony at the Kuala Lumpur Tower recently.
Dr Siti, who is an avid sports fan, was the guest of honour at the ceremony to reward students who had won gold medals in the Milo-Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) events this year.
“School children need guidance from teachers to realise their potential. Kuala Lumpur has been successful in many events. I hope the teachers will continue their diligent work and groom more talents for the state and country.
“The students should not be contented as champions in the state. Now they should strive to excel in national and subsequently the international scene.
“I would be happy to see all of you representing the country in the coming years,'' said Dr Siti after personally handing over the awards to each of the gold medal winners.
Each gold medal winner was presented with a watch and certificate.
Among the recipients was squash player P.T. Pushppa Devi, who won a gold medal in the team event in the MSSM championships in Kota Kinabalu.
Pushppa, a Form Four student of SMK Bukit Bandaraya, said she was happy to receive the reward from Dr Siti.
“She asked me about my game and advised me to continue giving my best. She also spoke to my teammates as well,'' said Pushppa.
The teachers, who had served as technical chairmen for the respective sports and coaches, were not left out. Kuala Lumpur Education Department director Noor Rezan Bapoo Hashim presented a certificate of appreciation to them.
In this year;s MSSM events, MSSKL won 52 gold medals, 45 silver medals and 57 bronze medals. Their gold medals came in rhythmic gymnastics, aquatic, badminton, athletics, chess, artistic gymnastics, netball, squash, football, tennis, hockey, archery and volleyball.