by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Overall, a total of 17 students, 13 men and four women attended; a diverse group with both university staff and students attending in addition to full time coaches.
Also present was a quantity surveyor, a mechanic and an audio visual technician.
Throughout the whole course a total of five table tennis tables, 300 table tennis balls, a pair of crutches and two wheelchairs were available.
A successful course was the end results thank to the high level of co-operation received from all concerned.
Furthermore, there was a most positive response from all the students, all were eager to learn, all motivated to pass on the knowledge gained to eager young aspirants; many like Muhammad Suhaidin, a coach at the training centre in Petaling Jaya, inquired about the possibility of an ITTF Level Two Course.
“It was a good education course for beginner coaches because I learned a lot of fun and joyful ideas to conduct table tennis.” Muhammad Suhaidin
Prominent members of the group were Chen Wei Kin, a university lecturer and Mohamed Zahied, a local coach. Both were delighted with the initiative and had high praise for Chan Kee Chien; in particular Chen Wei Kin highlighted the friendly atmosphere which had pervaded throughout the whole course.
“It was good course, I would like to urge all table tennis coaches to attend these coach education course because they are very important.” Mohamad Zahied
Undoubtedly it was a successful course and a success for Chan Kee Chien in his role as course conductor.
“I wish to thank the organisers, Majlis Sukan University and Tunku Abdul Rahman University College for providing such a comfortable arena for this course. Also, special thanks to the Table Tennis Association of Malaysia and the ITTF Development Programme for their unconditional support which eventually led to the success of this course.” Chan Kee Chien
All the coaches passed the practical test and are ready to work on practical hours in order to gain their coaching certificate.