PETALING JAYA: New national elite squash coach Peter Genever, who started work two weeks ago, believes he can effect a meaningful transformation in the squad.
The 38-year-old Englishman was coaching top Malaysian duo Mohd Azlan Iskandar and Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan in London, but was roped in early this year to raise the standard of the younger players in the squad.
He has 10 players, including Azlan, under his charge and has been working closely with the likes of Ivan Yuen, Mohd Asyraf Azan and Elvinn Keo for the past two weeks.
Genever, who described his appointment by the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) as “a dream come true”, believes he is up for the challenge.
“I was a club coach with a good number of club players and professionals training under me back in London.
“But I always wanted to be a national coach some day,” said Genever.
“Thus, when the opportunity to coach the Malaysian team came along, I just couldn’t say no.
“My duty as the elite coach is to ensure that day-to-day training standards improve. To do that I will train each player personally in the coming weeks.
“The men’s competition is really competitive and physical. What happens in a tournament is the result of what you do in training.
“Malaysia have some really good young players with a bright future ahead of them but they need more direction in training and I am here to provide that.”
Genever will also monitor the progress of national women’s No. 2 Low Wee Wern, who could make a breakthrough into the top 10 world rankings this year.
The 21-year-old Wee Wern currently trains in Penang under Aaron Soyza.
“Wee Wern has her own coach whom she is comfortable with. I don’t plan to disrupt that but I will monitor her progress and will take her under my wing when she is in KL for tournaments,” said Genever.