SAS holds first ever squash carnival
By Patricia Hului
The first ever SAS (Squash Association of Samarahan) Squash Carnival is going to be held at Kota Samarahan this Sunday on May 24 from 10am to 4pm at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) Squash Centre to search for a new generation of young squash players from the district.
SAS is working together with Samarahan District Education Office on this upcoming Squash Carnival to introduce the game of squash to students, parents and teachers alike. The SAS Squash Carnival is planned to be an annual event.
SAS will also work with Unimas to start an in-house training programmer for Unimas students after this carnival.
According to SAS President Zambari Baijuri, SAS hopes this event will help them identify and form a pool of junior players to start their Junior Development Programme to assemble a team to represent Samarahan in the annual MSSN Inter School and Inter District Games in 2016, not to mention the three Sarawak circuit legs and the national-level CIMB Circuit competitions.
The association is targeting a minimum of 150 primary one to three students from ten nearby schools.
Zambari who is also the Unimas head of sports unit added, “SAS had been awarded by Squash Racket Association of Sarawak the right to organise the upcoming CMS Sarawak Circuit Samarahan legs and the national level CIMB circuit competitions.”
For a registration fee of RM15 per student, the participant gets a T-shirt and many other freebies besides a squash demonstration games by some top Sarawak Sukma players and junior players from various age groups of 9-Under to 17-Under.
The newly formed SAS was approved and registered with the sports commissioner office in February this year.
This squash carnival is the association’s second event of the year after successfully assisting in the running of the recently concluded Malaysian Universities Sports Council (Masum) Squash Games from May 7-10 at Unimas.
The event is sponsored by Lea Sports Centre (LSC) and supported by Facelook, Milo, and Revive with Unimas as the host venue.
Malaysia is home to world’s number one squash player Datuk Nicol Ann David but the game is yet to be incorporated in the Olympics.
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