Promising young stars

THE fortnightly Rising Star column has featured 26 budding athletes throughout 2009. Young triathlete Mohd Zhairen Manan Zulkarnain from the Bandar Penawar Sports School (BPSS) was featured in the first article of the season on Jan 2.

Over the past 12 months, only three athletes were from the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS). The trio were karate exponent K. Syakilla Salni and two junior hurdlers, Mohamed Baihaqi Razlan and Sharifah Aqilah Balqis Syed Othman, who were under the charge of former Olympian Ishtiaq Mobarak.

And shuttler R. Sathiestharan of Selangor has secured his place at BJSS to train with the national junior set-up in the new academic year beginning on Jan 4. In contrast, Sathiestharan’s team mate Eng Pui Yee failed to earn a call-up at BJSS.

Meanwhile, 13-year-old shuttler Ho Yen Mei will continue to train on her own because her father Albert Ho prefers to keep her closer to home.

As another year draws to an end, MetroSport salutes the parents for their unconditional support in backing their children’s journey to the top with a story of their sheer determination in overcoming the challenges.

Jan 2: Mohd Zhairen Manan Zulkarnain (Triathlon)

Jan 16: R. Sathiestharan (Badminton)

Jan 30: K. Syakilla Salni (Karate)

Feb 13: Mohamed Baihaqi Razlan (Athletics)

Feb 27: Calvin Ong (Fencing)

March 13: Ho Yen Mei (Badminton)

March 27: Mohd Abdullah Omar (Tennis)

April 10: Mohd Al-Warith Damian (Golf)

April 24: M. Thinaah (Badminton)

May 8: Sharifah Aqilah Balqis Syed Othman (Athletics)

May 22: R. Kalaimathi (Basketball)

June 5: Sim Jian Qin (Volleyball)

June 19: Kelie Kan Kah Yan (Golf)

July 3: Surekhalavanya Mohan (Judo)

July 17: Joanna Fernandez (Taekwondo)

July 31: Muhammad Akram Ismail (Athletics)

Aug 14: Tan Seh Wei (Basketball)

Aug 28: Mohd Nasiruddin Mohd Nasir (Football)

Sep 11: Iman Iskandar Chan (Gymnastics)

Sep 25: Elijah Jetro Chitty (Golf)

Oct 9: N. Sri Suganyaa (Athletics)

Oct 23: Yeo Kok Cheng (Handball)

Nov 6: Siti Nurzulaika (Bowling)

Nov 20: Andrew Mok (Fencing)

Dec 4: Eng Pui Yee (Badminton)

Dec 18: Tan Wei Chean (Golf)

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