Sibu victorious in squash c’ships
by Philip Wong, email@example.com. Posted on July 4, 2012, Wednesday
SIBU: Sibu emerged as the overall champion in the CMS Sarawak Squash Circuit 1st Leg held at the SMK Sacred Heart squash courts here recently.
The team secured a total of 133 points to lift the title.
Kuching was in second with 128 while Miri third on 94 points.
Sibu also took the overall boys’ category crown after registering a total of 100 points while Kuching who secured 52 in second place and Miri third with 51 points.
In the Girls’ category, Kuching were champion with 77 points, followed by Miri with 42 points and Sibu with 33 points.
More than 90 players from throughout the state took part in the three-day championships organised as a platform to pick outstanding players for next year’s 7th CIMB National Squash Championship in Kuala Lumpur.
Temenggong Vincent Lau Lee Ming, speaking at the closing ceremony, said the popularity of squash had increased by leaps and bounds in recent years.
He was truly grateful to the Lau’s brothers, John and Robert, for their initiatives to make the game popular.
For the record, Robert Lau is the president of Squash Racquets Association of Sarawak cum president of Sibu Squash Association while John Lau is the vice-president of Sibu Squash Association.
“The two brothers have made enormous efforts towards enhancing the popularity of the sport and their contributions ought to be given appreciation and acknowledgement,” Lau said.
Recalling, Lau said many years ago when he took up squash, there was hardly any squash court in Sibu.
“There was only one squash court at Island Club where we conducted our squash activities there,” he said.
Lau said the two brothers came into the picture and their passion for the sport eventually led to the setting up of the squash courts in SMK Sacred Heart.
“They put in lots of financial contributions to make things happen. For that to materialise, all of us should be grateful to them.”
On the Sarawak squash circuit, Lau was happy to note an increasing number of young players from throughout the state taking part.
He said this was a good sign as it would augur well for the future development of the sport.
“With more competitions, it will help upgrade the standard and hopefully in time to come, Sarawak will stand proud to become the powerhouse of squash.”