14 November, 2012
By NG WEI LOON
JUNIOR shuttler Leong Jun Hao faced a challenging transition adapting to a more rigorous training regime in his first season joining the national junior training camp based in Bukit Jalil this year.
The Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) Form One student said it was difficult coping with the tougher training programme in a new environment at the beginning of the year.
“It was a real privilege to earn a call up to be part of the national junior set-up. I struggled with venturing into the new territory at the start. I knew that I had to persevere and overcome the odds in pursuing my dream to become a more accomplished player.
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of Methodist Boys School capturing
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“I am satisfied with my progress because I feel more comfortable handling the demanding training schedule,” the former SJK (C) Chong Hwa, Setapak pupil said.
Recently, Jun Hao captured the Federal Territories Schools Sports Council (MSSWP) boys’ Under-12 Sportsboy award based on his impressive performances in the boys’ Under-12 age-group last year where he bagged an impressive double, winning both the singles and doubles in boys’ Under-12 contest at the national junior grand prix finals and the national schools (MSSM) championships.
Jun Hao admitted it was a humbling change when he could not extend his domination stepping up to compete against the stronger contenders in the more competitive age-groups.
This year, he teamed up with Soh Wooi Yik to finish third when the duo failed to go beyond the last four in the boys’ Under-15 doubles at the MSSM championships in Alor Setar, Kedah.
“I have gained experience gauging my strength in junior age-groups meet in Indonesia this year. There is nothing to shout about based on my recent performances. Recently, I won the boys’ Under-13 singles at the local Bakti junior tournament in Kuala Lumpur.
“Hopefully, I will be able to make an impact and do well in the boys’ Under-14 singles and doubles at the national junior grand prix finals next year,” said Jun Hao, adding that he is hopeful of forging a successful partnership with Rooben Raj in the new season.
Another emerging shuttler, Ho Yen Mei from BJSS, also took home the girls’ Most Promising athlete award in the secondary school section to complement the boys’ Under-18 badminton line-up’s feat emerging as the best secondary school team at the MSSWP Champions’ Awards ceremony in Kelab Darul Ehsan in Ampang recently.
Keramat district Education Department deputy director Tajudin Mohamad Nor, who represented Federal Territories Kuala Lumpur Education Department director Abdullah Mad Yunus, said they were delighted that they are still living up to the favourites’ tag in vying for honours in aquatics, chess, badminton, netball, rhythmic gymnastics, hockey, golf, squash, archery, athletics, table tennis and bowling at the national level.
“The administrators, coaches and athletes have been showing a strong desire to deliver results. We want to recognise their commitment and continue to inspire them to scale greater heights,” he added.
This year, MSSWP completed their campaign with a haul of 69 gold, 51 silver and 86 bronze medals from their participation in 23 sports at the MSSM championships.
Titiwangsa Education Found- ation chairman Datuk Astaman Abdul Aziz was also present to give away the prizes to the deserving winners.
- Most Promising: Muhammad Zakaria Minsuri (Athletics)
- Sportsboy: Leong Jun Hao (Badminton)
- Most Promising: Ng Yu Xuan (Golf)
- Sportsgirl: Chan Sau Mun (Artistic gymnastics)
- Most Promising: Muhammad Idris Shah Shaharuddin (Archery)
- Best Team: Under-18 Badminton
- Under-18 Sportsboy: Ian James Barr (Swimming)
- Most Promising: Ho Yen Mei (Badminton)
- Best Team: Under-18 Golf
- Under-15 Sportsgirl: Elena Goh (Athletics)
- Under-18 Sportsgirl: Christina Loh (Swimming)
TEACHERS AND SCHOOLS
- Dedicated Man’s Coach: Wong Kok Wai (SMK Methodist Sentul)
- Dedicated Woman’s Coach: Foong Peik Chow (SMK Datuk Onn)
- Leadership: Zulkapli Mohd Zain (SK Danau Kota)
- Best Primary School Management: SK Taman Midah 2
- Best Secondary School Management: SMK Datuk Onn
Source : http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?sec=central&file=/2012/11/14/central/12283725