Squash champ Yan Xin among 22 pupils to receive special awards

KUALA LUMPUR: Scottish Junior Open squash champion Tan Yan Xin was among 22 primary school boys and girls who received the OCM-Milo-MSSM Junior SEA Games Awards at the Bukit Jalil Sports School here yesterday. 

Yan Xin, a trainee of the Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) squash team, received the award for winning the girls’ Under-11 event in the Scottish Junior Open last December. 

The awards are given to 22 primary school children from all the 14 states who excelled in sports and studies to celebrate the 22nd SEA Games, which was held in Vietnam last December. 

The objective of the award is to inspire the children to feel that they too are part and parcel of the magic, drama and excitement of an international sporting event like the SEA Games. 

Each winning student received a Milo sports voucher valued at RM500, a certificate of excellence and a commemorative medal. 

The Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) deputy president, Datuk Dr M. Jegathesan, who launched the ceremony last year, gave away the awards yesterday. 

Only six students from Kuala Lumpur and Selangor attended the function to receive their awards. Besides Yan Xin, the others were Wan Siti Haniza Wan Izahar, Elaine Tan Ee Leng (rhythmic gymnast), T. Neesha, Marcus Yuen Jee Wern (squash) and Mohd Saddam Hussein Abdul Rahman (football). 

The others 16 students will receive their awards at their respective schools later. 

Yan Xin, who turns 11 on June 13, said she was honoured to receive her first ever award. 

“The award I won today (yesterday) will definitely spurme to train much harder to achieve my dream of winning the world junior title in six years’ time. 

“I want to follow in the footstep of Nicol (David), who won the world junior title twice,'' said Yan Xin, a Standard Five pupil of the Chen Moh Chinese School in Petaling Jaya. 

Yan Xin, who is one of the nominees for the Selangor Sportsgirls award on May 9, thanked her parents – Tan Kim Lai and Chew Sheng Shyng – for their support. 

Footballer Mohd Saddam, who helped Brickfields Primary School to finish runners-up in the KL Sports Schools Council (MSSKL) tournament last year, said he was delighted to win the award and also to have the same name as the former Iraqi president. 

“I don’t feel strange or funny having the name of the former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. However, I feel proud to have his name, which was given by my father (Abdul Rahman Hassan). I hope to achieve my goal of becoming a national footballer,'' said Mohd Saddam, a midfielder. 

The other winners of the award are: Izzati Farhanah Hassan (Perlis - tennis), Mohd Khaliludin Jemri (Ked- gymnastic), Nessrine Ariffin (Pen - squash), Sin Li Jane (Prk - bowling), Sharon Lau May Yen (Pah - golf), Zaid Asyraf Nor Azmi (Nse - cricket), Nabihah Ali (Mal - gymnastic), Mohd Fuaad Nordin (Ter - hockey), Andika Anak Krin (Swk - athletics and basketball), Mohd Aminrullah Suhaimi (Kel - volleyball), Eric Chang (Swk swimming), Shazwana Marzuki (Ked – athletic), Mustaqim Zulkiflee (Per - rugby), Iman Ahmad Nordin (Pah- golf), Nixon Ooi Gim Hong (Prk –tennis) and Cheong Khung Tze (Sab - badminton).