A TWELVE-DAY athletics Level One coaching course was successfully organised by the Malaysian Amateur Athletic Union (MAAU) and the National Sports Council (NSC) for 42 candidates from Kedah.
The MAAU-NSC sponsored course, held in Alor Setar, was conducted jointly with the Kedah Amateur Athletic Association (KAAA) and the state Education Department from June 23 to July 5 at the Sultan Abdul Hamid College (SAHC), Darulaman Stadium (both in Alor Setar) and SMK Tunku Anum in Tok Jalai, Jitra.
Most of the candidates were teachers from Kedah except for R. Muniandy from Allianz Insurance and Noor Hisham Abdul Rahim from the Police.
Participants underwent both theory and practical coaching in conventional athletic events such as sprints, distance running, long jump and high jump.
MAAU director of coaching Mohd Musa Noor Mohamad headed a six-member panel of coaches to conduct the 80-hour course. He was assisted by K. Segaran Nair (sprints), Lau Chin Meng (jumps), Amran Zakaria (hurdles), Ismail Ibrahim and Zahari Zakaria (throws).
Muniandy, a prominent long distance runner, topped the standing for practical coaching, scoring 75.8 points while Sany Md Saat of SMK Aman Jaya, Sungei Petani, topped the theory coaching, scoring 85 points, and Noor Fadhilah Yahaya of SMK Pendang was adjudged the best all round student.
KAAA president Datuk Chong Itt Chew officiated the closing ceremony at the SAHC and presented certificates of attendance to all the participants. Also present were SAHC principal Morazuki Hashim and KAAA honorary secretary S. Govindaraju.
Chong thanked the MAAU and NSC for their effort to expand the pool of athletic coaches in the state.
Mohd Musa said the activities of the candidates would be monitored for the next two years and their eligibility to attend a higher level coa-ching course (Level Two) would depend on their progress during this period.
The candidates who successfully completed the Level One Athletic Coaching Course are: Shahril Helmi Mohd Nazir, Abu Bakar Abdullah, Tengku Azlan Tuan Mat, Mohd Haniff Abd Goni, Noor Hisham Abd Rahim, Sany Md Saat, Norakartini Md Kamil, Muniandy Ramadass, Hayazi Omar, Mohd Firdaus Ahmad, Shahriman Abu Bakar, Noor Fadhilah Yahaya.
Mohd Azahar Ismail, Mohamad Adam, Khairudin Saidin, Mohd Zaini Zakaria, Mohd Sulaiman Mohd Noor, Siti Mahani Mohamad, Mohd Farhan Haliza Abd Halim, Shahrol Nizam Jamaludin, Soh Choon Ngan; Norsu-liana Mohd Yusof.
Dinoraja Audhimoolam, Suhazlan Amin, Shahrul Azua Ramli, Azizan Harun, Che Musalmah Azmi, Rohida Ahmad, Abdul Fattah Harun, Wan Safie Ahmad, Mohd Shukri Bakar, Zubir Mat Isa, Rohaida Jaafar, Darul Naim Ahmat, Mohd Asri Ishak, Nor Fadhilah Ramli, Ruzeman Yaakub, Fadhli Arfanuddin, Abdul Halim Kadir, Mohd Hazmil Izwan Mustaffa, Mohd Jazley Othman and Rozana Mohd Roslan.