PETALING JAYA: Just go for it.
This is national No. 1 men squash player Ng Eain Yow’s advice to athletes who are contemplating to staying abroad with an intent to harness their sporting careers.
Currently based in Bristol, England, the 23-year-old Eain Yow is on a mission to become a squash great.
“For athletes who are thinking of being based overseas especially in squash, I would advise them to just do it. At least give it a try, the sacrifice made will be worth it, ” said the world No. 27.
Eain Yow knows what he is talking about, after all, he has been staying away from his loved ones in his pursuit to bring glory for Malaysia in the sport for a year now.
And how this player groomed by Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia keeps himself motivated?
“Being away from friends and family is a challenge for sure but I know the trust and hope that everyone has for me back in Malaysia, ” said Eain Yow, who is studying business management at University of West in England.
“I understand the amount of effort that my parents and SRAM have put in to nurture me over the years so that’s where my motivation comes from.”
“I’ve learnt how to be a better cook since being based here by myself. I usually do the Asian style cooking but not quite confident enough to invite my friends to try it out... maybe one day.
“I will be here until 2024, but, I am really enjoying being here and constantly improving myself.”
The advantage of being in this university is that Eain Yow gets quality coaching and training in squash.
He trains under coach Hadrian Stiff and gets to spar with a few of the top 50 ranked players, including world No. 1 Mohamed El Shorbagy and his brother Marwan El Shorbagy from Egypt.
While Eain Yow is back in England after losing in the second round of the El Gouna International Squash in Cairo last Saturday, Mohamed has made it to the semi-finals where the top seed will take on compatriot Fares Dessouky next while Marwan, seeded fourth, lost in the second round.
“By training with Mohamed, Marwan and a few other top 10 players as well as some of my university players, I know the level that they are playing. At this moment, I believe that I’m not far off. I’ll keep working hard and the breakthrough will come soon.
“I train twice most of the days for about two hours in each session. Some days when I have classes then I’ll do a longer session about three hours, ” he said.
Eain Yow’s next assignment is the World Championships in July in Chicago, the United States and he has raised the bar after losing in the early rounds of the last two international tournaments this year.
“I want to make the quarter-finals of the world championships this year, ” he added.