Beasley wants Fatehah to join workforce before making coaching decision

  • Cycling
  • Wednesday, 08 Apr 2020

Look to the future: John Beasley will give all the support Fatehah needs if she decides to take up coaching.

PETALING JAYA: John Beasley is not only one of the top cycling coaches around but also a father figure to Malaysian cyclists.

So, it’s no surprise that the Australian coach decides to speak his mind about one of his proteges – recently retired woman track cyclist Fatehah Mustapa.

Beasley said it is never an easy decision for an elite athlete to make a decision to give up something they have been doing for so long.

The two-time Olympian announced her retirement last Saturday after 17 years and is considering becoming a coach.

“Fatehah has been wrestling with making this decision for quite some time, so it doesn’t come as a shock to me,” said Beasley.

“I have been communicating with Fatehah and doing my best to try to support her throughout.

“It is never an easy decision as pretty much all of Fatehah’s adult life has been around being an athlete and that is pretty much all she knows, so it is an extremely scary time for her right now.

“I have talked with Fatehah regarding coaching and I did also say to her that if a career in coaching is something she is contemplating, then I would like her to get out of the bubble she has been living in for the past 17 years – and go out and experience life outside of sport for a start.

“I would like her to join the workforce and learn some more skills for a while.

“And then if she still has the passion to be a coach and it is something she would like to do, then I would love to help her.

“I believe Fatehah will make a really good coach. But first she has to sit down and think about what she would really like to achieve out of her life – away from being an athlete,” added Beasley.

The 31-year-old Fatehah stepped away from competitive cycling with her head held high. She has, after all, achieved numerous firsts for Malaysia in women’s track cycling.

She is the only Malaysian female cyclist to win gold at the Asian Cycling Championships – not once but twice (Kuala Lumpur in 2012 and in New Delhi in 2013).

She is also the only Malaysian woman to win a UCI Track World Cup medal – a silver in the keirin event at the Mexico leg in 2014.

The same year Fatehah created history as the first Malaysian woman to win a medal in cycling at the Asian Games. She won the keirin silver in the 2014 Incheon edition.

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