SAK aims to produce more squash players
Posted on July 22, 2012, Sunday
KUCHING: In a bid to produce more talented squash player from Kuching and the state itself, the Squash Association of Kuching (SAK) together with SMB St Joseph held a squash clinic at the SMB St Joseph’s school hall yesterday.
According to SAK secretary Andrew Tsen, the move to organise such activity was to introduce and promote the game of squash to the younger generation especially primary school students. SMB St Joseph was chosen as the school is equipped with the training facilities.
“We have a few coaches coming down today (yesterday) to help out in training. We are serious about the development of squash here in Kuching,” Tsen added.
Tsen pointed out that for the next session, there would be a possibility of placing the players in more training centres. This is to give the players better training sessions as a crowded training centre would not be conducive for learning.
He revealed that SAK has yet to identify the training centres but has looked into several options around Kuching.
“The association needs to conduct a survey to see which centre is suitable in terms of location and ease of access. This is part of our junior development programme. Our aim for this programme is to identify potential good players to represent Kuching and the state,” informed Andrew.
Among the potential young players attending the clinic was Eugenia Chulan David who recently won her first tournament in Sibu last May. She is only eight years of age.
“This is a good effort by the SAK to help the development of squash in Sarawak, especially in Kuching. My daughter is very committed to playing and developing her career in the sport,” commented David Usop, Eugenia’s father.
David added that such clinics are useful and he was happy that SAK took the step in conducting the training sessions. For the record, Sarawak men’s squash team did well to win a gold medal in one of the squash events during the recent Sukma XV.
Around 70 primary and secondary school students from SMB St Joseph SMB St Theresa attended the clinic. Each of them was trained by qualified coaches on the basic knowledge of the sport.