Chan aspires to be versatile on the volleyball court


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  • Friday, 24 Sep 2010

YOUNGSTER Chan Jun Kwan is no stranger in filling up the specialised position on the volleyball court.

Currently, the 16-year-old is making a steady transition from the defensive libero role to connecting his team’s offensive moves as the setter.

The Royal Military College (RMC) Form Four student said he has learned to absorb the pressure playing in both crucial positions in the team’s formation.

“The libero’s responsibility is to keep the first ball under control in returning the shots while the setter needs to create the chances for the spikers to trouble the opponents.

“Last year, I had the experience of playing as the setter for my previous school. I offered to take up the role because there was no one for the position. After the Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) championships this year, the RMC volleyball coach (Hamidon Hussein) has been grooming me to become the team’s setter. And I have been picking the various tactical moves in perfecting the setting techniques,” added Jun Kwan.

This year, the former SMK Zon R1 Wangsa Maju student joined the RMC and continued his family tradition at the renowned education institution.

“My father and both my elder brothers are products of the RMC. I want to emulate their success in having the advantage to secure a better future. It is also a great opportunity to do well in volleyball with the more organised RMC side,” said Jun Kwan, who is the youngest of three siblings.

Following the RMC’s feat of emerging as the Federal Territories Schools Sports Council (MSSWP) Bangsar zone boys’ Under-18 champions, they settled for the second spot at the state meet.

However, they showed their character in subduing the strong resistance from SMK Jinjang A in the final of the Kuala Lumpur Youth Under-16 championships.

Jun Kwan also went on to receive the Best Setter award in the tournament.

“Although we were two games up, SMK Jinjang A won the two following games to force the decider. It was an important victory for us because we did not crack under pressure,” Jun Kwan said.

As a build-up for the national Under-16 meet scheduled from Nov 20 to 25, Jun Kwan is going through the paces with the Kuala Lumpur side at the Kampung Pandan Sports Complex on Saturdays and Sundays.

And he is considered as one of the most improved trainees in the squad under the care of Kuala Lumpur Amateur Volleyball Asso-ciation’s (KLAVA) coaching duo Mohd Radzi Mohd Rawi and Saifulizan Johar.

Following early round exit in two appearances at the MSSM including the outing in the boys’ Under-12 contest in 2006, Jun Kwan is hoping to earn a place in the squad and advance beyond the preliminary stage with the team at the upcoming national tournament. “At the moment, we are still not up to the mark yet. We are confident that we will improve as we progress. It is important that we get to train together and foster better understanding. The coaches will be working on our combination in forming a strong side for the challenge,” Jun Kwan said.

FACT FILE Name: Chan Jun Kwan Date of Birth: Aug 25, 1994 Ht: 1.69m Wt: 57kg School: Royal Military College (Form Four) Hobbies: Badminton, football, running Ambition: Doctor Favourite Sports Personality: Nicol David (Malaysia) Coaches: Hamidon Hussein (RMC); Mohd Radzi Mohd Rawi and Saifulizan Johar (KLAVA) Achievements: 2006 - MSSKL boys’ Under-12 Keramat zone third - Represented MSSKL at MSSM 2009 - MSSKL boys’ Under-18 Keramat zone champion - MSSKL boys’ Under-18 quarter-final 2010 - MSSWP boys’ Under-18 Bangsar zone champion - MSSWP boys’ Under-18 runner-up - Represented MSSWP at MSSM - Kuala Lumpur Youth boys’ Under-16 champion - Kuala Lumpur Youth boys’ Under-16 Best Setter recipient

Name: Chan Jun Kwan

Date of Birth: Aug 25, 1994

Ht: 1.69m Wt: 57kg

School: Royal Military College (Form Four)

Hobbies: Badminton, football, running

Ambition: Doctor

Favourite Sports Personality: Nicol David (Malaysia)

Coaches: Hamidon Hussein (RMC); Mohd Radzi Mohd Rawi and Saifulizan Johar (KLAVA)

Achievements:

2006

- MSSKL boys’ Under-12 Keramat zone third

- Represented MSSKL at MSSM

2009

- MSSKL boys’ Under-18 Keramat zone champion

- MSSKL boys’ Under-18 quarter-final

2010

- MSSWP boys’ Under-18 Bangsar zone champion

- MSSWP boys’ Under-18 runner-up

- Represented MSSWP at MSSM

- Kuala Lumpur Youth boys’ Under-16 champion

- Kuala Lumpur Youth boys’ Under-16 Best Setter recipient

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