No time for rest as coach Delia keeps Thanusaa on her toes


Itching for action: Thanusaa (right) is hoping to return to full training soon.

PETALING JAYA: National squash coach Delia Arnold is breathing down U. Thanusaa’s neck despite the movement control order and it’s working.

While other students her age is taking a breather during the enforced break to curb the spread of Covid-19, the 15-year-old Thanusaa has been diligently following a comprehensive workout handed by Delia to all the junior players.

Thanusaa is physically exhausted but it’s not going to stop her from giving her best.

“My coach has given me and the other juniors a list of activities to do from Monday to Sunday. I’m bent on following her instructions, ” said Thanusaa.

And there is no room for rest for Thanusaa and her teammates as Delia checks up on them every day.

“She calls us every day and asks whether we’ve completed our sessions or not. And that keeps us on our toes, ” said Thanusaa, who is back home in Melaka.

Thanusaa, who knows she will eventually reap the reward of her hard work, is maintaining her fitness while she waits for the signal to return to training.

Thanusaa is hopeful to return to full training with her coach and teammates after April 14.

The teen’s last competitive match was the final of the National Junior Championships last month, where she lost to K. Sehveetrraa.

Thanusaa, who idolises squash queen Nicol David, hopes the long break without tournaments would not take the toll on the junior players.

“I need to be patient and wait for the next opportunity to shine, ” she added.

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