Identifying fresh badminton talents


  • Community Sports
  • Wednesday, 26 Jun 2019

Radin Muhammad Ariffuddin Radin Mohd Zulkifli returning a shot to Seon Moh Zheng Hao in the Under-16 boys finals. (Right) Rhenu Chandran took two titles in the girl’s group, beating sisters Intan Waheeda Hermezan in the Under-14 and Nurul Waheeda Hermezan in the Under-16 categories. — Photos: FAIHAN GHANI/The Star

Rawang Badminton Club’s third annual Talent Identification Tournament proved a fruitful one, after a better-than-expected response resulted in the shortlisting of 24 talents.

A total of 118 students from the Gombak education district, including those from Hulu Selangor, Batu Arang and Kepong, were part of the one-day tournament for under-11, 14 and 16-year-olds at the All Sports Badminton Hall (ASB) in Rawang.

The tournament was one of the club’s programmes to identity potential players for the district’s school badminton programme, said its chairman Jayaseelan Anthony.

“With some members of the technical committee for the education district programme also members of the club, our goal is to identify and nurture fresh talent for the club and district.

“This synergy has worked well over the years with Gombak district consistently producing players at state and national junior levels,” said Jayaseelan.

Rawang Badminton Club held its third annual Talent Identification Tournament at the All Sports Badminton Hall in Rawang to unearth young players.
Rawang Badminton Club held its third annual Talent Identification Tournament at the All Sports Badminton Hall in Rawang to unearth young players.

The district finished third overall in this year’s Selangor School Sports Council badminton tournament where three students were selected for the National School Sports Council (MSSM) championship.

“Students selected will get offers to train under various academy coaches to hone their skills, and they can also use the experience from the tournament to prepare for the upcoming Rawang Badminton Open.”

Meanwhile, the club donated to a good cause during the tournament by contributing RM2,000 to Magnum Bhd employees’ “I Can See Clearly Now” programme.

It was initiated in 2012 to raise funds to enable children to undergo eye screening and receive prescription glasses.

Radin Muhammad Ariffuddin Radin Mohd Zulkifli returning a shot to Seon Moh Zheng Hao in the Under-16 boys finals.

“We came away with two positives from a day’s work – helping raise funds for children and identifying players for the district.

“As teachers, we understand how important glasses are to enable children to learn.

“We are proud of our association with Magnum’s employees,” added Jayaseelan.

Sentosa assemblyman G. Gunaraj also supported the cause with a personal donation, and commended the club’s efforts.

“We are lucky to have a club that focuses on the sport of badminton, specifically in Rawang,” said Gunaraj.

Also present was Rawang assemblyman Chua Wei Kiat, who thanked the club for its support towards the youth of Rawang and its surrounding areas.

The use of the courts for the tournament was sponsored by ASB.

WINNERS 

Under-11 Boys

Champion - Jin Khoo

Runner-up - Lim You Cheng

Joint third - Nur Izz Danish Rosni Zamuddin Shah/Brandon Ng Wei Hong

Under-11 Girls

Champion - Siti Nuraminah Abdullah

Runner-up - Iffah Madina Irwanto

Joint third - Nisa Qasrina Khaizad/Intan Kamalia Azlan

Under-14 Boys

Champion - Lim Yik Yong

Runner-up - Jeff Cheong

Joint third - Mohd Daniel Muhd Yusoff/Cliff Chong Zi Hin

Under-14 Girls

Champion - Rhenu Chandran

Runner-up - Intan Waheeda Hermezan

Joint third - Nur Aliya Nabila Rosni Zamuddin Shah/Chong Yee Teng

Under-16 Boys

Champion - Seon Moh Zheng Hao

Runner-up - Radin Muhammad Ariffuddin Radin Mohd Zulkifli

Joint third - Choo Mei Da/Danish Iskandar Mohd Fairus

Under-16 Girls

Champion - Rhenu Chandran

Runner-up - Nurul Waheeda Hermezan

Joint third - Matubashini Saravanan/Kavisha Kumaran


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