KUALA LUMPUR: National shooter Edward Khor is done with competing.
After serving the country with distinction as a double trap shooter for the last 17 years, he has requested the National Shooting Association of Malaysia (NSAM) to change his status from athlete to coach at the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.
The 55-year-old Edward’s retirement comes just a day after bagging the double trap team gold with Tan Tian Xiang and 14-year-old Eng Wei Jin at the South-East Asia (SEASA) Shooting Championships at the Subang Shooting Range in Subang on Thursday.
And Edward belted out Frank Sinatra’s evergreen song – My Way – to sum up his wonderful career:
“And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I travelled each and every highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way.”
Edward sure knows how to leave in style, saying this was the best time to quit the sport.
“I won gold at the SEASA and it’s best that I leave at the pinnacle of my career,” said Edward, who has represented Malaysia since 2000.
“I’ve no regrets. With my old-time partner Tian Xiang, we’ve dominated in this region for a long time.
“I also won a double trap team bronze medal with my son Benjamin at the 2010 Commonwealth Games (in India) ... it was the first double trap medal in the history of the Games for Malaysia.”
Now, he’s ready for the next chapter of his shooting adventure – as a coach.
Edward, who has a coaching licence from the world body (International Shooting Sport Federation), said that he would now groom Benjamin and Wei Jin for the KL Games.
“We have two young shooters – Benjamin and Wei Jin – of international standard to carry on my legacy.
They’re capable of achieving international success ... provided they get proper financial support.
“My time is over, but I’d like to continue to groom our future stars. I’ve sought NSAM’s blessings to be a coach at the KL Games,” said Edward, who thanked NSAM and the National Sports Council for all their support over the years.