ULTIMATE Squasher, helmed by three-time Asian junior squash champion Sandra Wu and former Singapore international Della Lee, continued their mission to promote squash at the grassroots by organising a coaching clinic at SMK Bukit Bintang in Petaling Jaya recently.
Both Wu and Lee were surprised at the big turnout for the half-day programme. The players from the national men's junior squad, who finished third in the recent World junior championships in New Zealand, were also present to exhibit their skills.
Wu, who is currently the national women's junior coach, said about 100 boys attended the coaching clinic.
We were taken aback by the enthusiasm of the participants. It looks like squash is fast becoming a popular sport among youngsters. After going through the session, it was quite evident that they were interested to continue training. We have invited them to join our weekly training programme at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil, said Wu.
International Lim Yoke Wah was also present to share her experience. The participants were given the chance to be involved in the activities created by Wu and Lee.
There were two stations running and ball hitting to evaluate the students. They had to go through the stations. Wu and her team monitored the students' agility and speed.
Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) executive director Wong Ah Jit said Ultimate Squasher had taken a bold step in bringing the game to schools.
He also explained to the participants the importance of being involved in healthy sporting activities.
We certainly would be happy to see some of the students taking up squash competitively. We were surprised with the students' enthusiasm. More importantly, squash could be a healthy and social activity for the participants,'' said Wong..
Wilson and Vitagen were the supporters of the programme. After the training sessions, students who answered questions relating to squash correctly were rewarded with prizes from Vitagen and Wilson.
For details on the Ultimate Squasher training programme, call 012-234 7122 or 012-388 1449.