Wheelchair-bound Chiaw Lin inpires brother to victory on basketball court


BY RIZAL ABDULLAH

JOHOR BARU: A team named only Shit walked away with the Boys Under-16 title at the Johor Baru 2003 Adidas Streetball Challenge, the second-leg of the Adidas Streetball Challenge 3-3 at Plaza Angsana car park here yesterday. 

However, it made wheelchair-bound Koh Chiaw Lin’s day. Chiaw Lin, who underwent surgery at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore at a cost of S$40,000, 10 weeks ago, came all the way from Taman Perling with her family to cheer her brothers who were playing in the tournament. 

It did not matter that one of her brothers failed to win anything as his team KCH lost in the earlier rounds. However, another sibling, Chit Horng, gave sister Chiaw Lin and his family plenty to cheer as he powered Shit to the title, beating LBH (A) 14-9 in the final. 

Chit Horng’s team will now play in the national Grand Finals to be held in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 9-10. The champions will then represent Malaysian in the Asian Zone Finals in Seoul, South Korea. 

TO SIS WITH LOVE: Chit Horng presenting his trophy his sister Chiaw Lin after helping his team win the boys' Under-16 title in the second leg of the Adidas Streetball 3-on-3 Challenge at the Plaza Angsana in Johor Baru Sunday.

Immediately after receiving his prize, Chit Horng headed for his sister Chiaw Lin to hand it over to her. The big smile and the glow on her face told the story – it made her day on a hot and humid day. 

Chiaw Lin is no basketball player as she is also asthmatic. But it has not stopped her from attending basketball tournaments to cheer on her brothers when they play. 

The plucky lass, a former student of Foon Yew High School here, was diagnosed with a tumour in her spine one week before she was set to leave for Australia at the end of February to study business administration. Chiaw Lin has not given up her further studies. She intends to head for Australia to pursue her degree when she recovers. 

The setback, however, has not killed her enthusiasm and spirit for the game of basketball especially when it involves her brothers. 

“I may be wheelchair-bound but it won’t stop me from coming to cheer my brothers when they play. I am so happy that one of them won,” said Chiaw Lin, visibly moved when Chit Horng dedicated the win to her as he handed over the prize. 

Dad Pee Lian and mother Jenny Yee and a younger sister were also on hand to share the glory. Jenny was seen shuttling her daughter around when the teams changed courts. 

“She is strong-willed. Chiaw Lin insisted on coming to watch the game. We could not disappoint her as basketball is her favourite game although she is not able to play,” said Jenny. 

“She loves seeing her brothers play. She is a big source of inspiration to them ... you can see that on their faces. The brothers too love her very much and do not want to disappoint her.” 

Meanwhile, in the Boys Under-19 final Strike beat Skudai 7-6 while in the Under-14 final Three Man overcame The Challenge also by the same margin. 

Virus 5 beat ACE 5-3 to win the Under-16 Girls title while Spring got the better of Sotong YCC 4-3. In the Girls Under-14 final SOS stopped Kuo Kuang (A) 5-4. 

All the respective winners will play in the Grand Malaysian Finals in August. 

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