PETALING JAYA: Being recognised for one’s efforts is always a big morale boost.
And Ng Eain Yow (pic) certainly appreciates the recognition after being named as the Outstanding Player of the Year (men) for 2017 by the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM).
The former world junior champion is a well-deserved recipient as he has been Malaysia’s most consistent player last season by winning two Professional Squash Association (PSA) Tour titles and two gold medals at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.
The KL-born Eain Yow has even climbed to a career high No. 46 in the world and is the national No. 2.
And Eain Yow, who turned 20 last Friday, believes the award will only serve as motivation for him to scale greater heights.
“It’s great to be honoured for the efforts the players put in. It’s a good incentive to keep pushing myself further,” said Eain Yow.
“To get to this level is easy but main-taining it and climbing higher will be the real challenge.
“I know I have to keep working harder and play in bigger tournaments because the experience against the top players will be priceless.
“It’s only going to get tougher for me, especially with the Commonwealth and Asian Games, but I’m well prepared.”
Eain Yow’s first two assignments this year are the Indian Open in Mumbai from Feb 6-11 and the Windy City Open in Chicago from Feb 20-28.
Meanwhile, women’s national No. 2 S. Sivasangari was named the Outstanding Player of the Year for women.
Kedah’s Jrar Aslam was named Coach of the Year. The Pakistani has played a key role in Kedah’s grassroots development with four juniors – Sivasangari, Aifa and Aira Azman, and K. Sehveetrraa – emerging winners at the British Juniors earlier this month.
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