Meeting badminton heroes


  • Education
  • Sunday, 30 Apr 2017

Wong giving coaching tips to pupils from SJKC (C) St Teresa. — Photo: ART CHEN /The Star

Pupils received coaching tips from four ex-national badminton players.

SOME 100 pupils of SJK (C) St Teresa, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, were a lucky bunch.

They met former national badminton players, who came to the school and gave them coaching tips recently.

These players who turned professional coaches, taught the pupils warm up exercises and game techniques.

They included Wong Choong Hann, Lee Wan Wah, Tan Bin Shen and Sabrina Chong.

They are partners of Pioneer Badminton Academy, Kuala Lumpur, which was founded by Wong.

Wong, former world number one badminton player, was also the first Malaysian to win a medal in the men’s singles event at the Badminton World Federation (BWF) World Championship. Lee, one of the best doubles player, competed in three Olympic Games.

Tan, who is adept as both a singles and doubles badminton player, won the Australia Open Grand Prix 2009 and was seeded world number16 at the 2007 BWF World Championship with partner Ong Soon Hock. Chong was a former national mixed doubles and women’s doubles player.

The event was part of the third edition of the AMMetLife Health Day 2017 campaign and a CSR programme, focused on encouraging children to be more active and skilful in badminton.

Other than imparting technical knowledge of this sport, the pupils were given advice on life values such as confidence, integrity, teamwork and communication.

Wong said the campaign was to introduce the game of badminton and cultivate talents.

“We want children to cultivate a healthy lifestyle from young.

“We hope they can build up their confidence, pursue their dreams and learn to work together as a team - to synergise each other’s strengths and contribute more as a team,” he added.

School headmistress Ong Lay Jin said the campaign reminded pupils on the importance of staying healthy. “Inculcating values such as confidence, integrity and communication is integral to a child’s development,” she said.

“Sports is not just limited to fun and excitement but it is also the best platform to groom young children to learn important life skills such as teamwork, respect and discipline.

“The culture of staying healthy should be developed as early as possible,” said Ramzi Toubassy, CEO of AmMetLife Insurance Berhad.

During the launch, 100 racquets sponsored by AmMetLife were distributed to the pupils, as a bonus.

They went home happy with a welfie with the former national shuttlers.

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