KUALA LUMPUR: Six months ago, former national player Sharon Wee informed the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) of her willingness to coach the national players based at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil.
Until today, she has yet to hear from them.
But that hasn’t dampened the 33-year-old’s enthusiasm to return to the national fold on a part-time basis.
Sharon, who retired from the sport competitively last year after the Women’s World Team Championship in New Zealand, is willing to wait.
“I was told that they needed to discuss the matter further and that they would get back to me. But it has been six months and there has been no word at all,” said Sharon, who is currently a sports presenter for Astro Arena.
“I understand that there is a shortage of coaches, especially for the girls, and I am more than willing to take up the coaching role.
“They (SRAM) initially offered me a full-time role but I could not accept it because of my commitment as the Navy reserves coach. A part-time role would be ideal
“When the Navy learned that I was available as a coach, they were quick to offer me the job and I gladly accepted it last month.
“However, I am still available to serve the national team when required ... money is not an issue.”
SRAM, when contacted, said they were still interested in hiring Sharon as a coach and “we will look to speed things up”.
“We still want her as a coach because of her experience and we will make a decision after the joint working committee meeting with the National Sports Council (NSC) later this month,” said SRAM general manager and secretary general Christopher Brodie.
Sharon, the former national No. 2, possesses a Level Three coaching credential and is more than qualified to coach the juniors and elite players.
There are only two coaches – Andrew Cross and Sharil Shahidan – in charge of the 14-16 national juniors.
Meanwhile Sharon, who has not played competitively since retiring, proved that she still has it when she reached the quarter-finals of the National Championships on Friday before losing to Siti Munirah Jusoh in a five-set thriller.
It was her second five-set match, having taken on 19-year-old Low Wee Nee, the younger sister of national No. 2 Wee Wern, in the first round.
“These young players are on the right track. They have a good training programme and they just need to work harder to improve,” said Sharon.
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