Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Persiapan atlit: VARSITY BOAT RACE 2008



Varsity Boat Race (14 hingga 19-Oct-2008)
Hanya tinggal kira2 5 minggu sebelum pertandingan. Perkembangan mengenai persiapan atlit pula, UTM & UM gigih menjalani latihan di Empangan Batu, Ulu Yam, Gombak sambil tidak melupakan kewajipan menjalani ibadah puasa. Khabarnya, latihan hujung minggu berlansung dengan rancak. UM kini dibantu oleh Nordiana (bekas atlit kebangsaan) dalam memantapkan kemahiran. Manakala, Madjai & Wan berganding bahu memperbaiki kelemahan pasukan UTM. Sungguh menarik! Bagaimana agaknya mereka menangani dugaan di bulan puasa. Saya berharap mereka terus tabah dan berusaha bersungguh-sungguh.

USIM pula menjalani latihan di Putrajaya setiap hujung minggu. Pusat Sukan USIM menyediakan pengangkutan bg kemudahan mereka berulang alik dari Nilai ke Putrajaya. Buat masa ini, tanpa elaun latihan dan tiada jurulatih yang memimpin mereka. Namun semangat mereka harus dipuji kerana tidak berputus asa menggandakan usaha. Ciri-ciri yang jarang dapat dilihat masa kini.

Manakala UTHM, dengan pimpinan Coach Halim akan memulakan kem latihan ramadhan mereka pada hari Jumaat ini, 12-Sep hingga 14-Sep-2008. Diikuti pula kem latihan selepas hari raya ke-3. Kemenangan mereka dalam acara Men Eight nampaknya menyuntik semangat waja bagi mencipta lebih banyak kejayaan.

Persiapan atlit nampaknya memberangsangkan. Apa yang membanggakan, kebanyakan daripada mereka tidak diberi peruntukan elaun latihan. Namun, mereka tidak menjadikan ianya sbg alasan bagi menempa kejayaan. Mereka membuktikan bukan wang jadi ukuran. Saya berharap sifat ini kekal kerana kejayaan tidak datang bergolek. Ianya memerlukan usaha dan semangat yang kuat. Jika mereka berlatih semata-mata kerana elaun latihan, pasti kurang bermakna. Ini dibuktikan dengan trend yang melanda atlit-atlit kebangsaan kita. Hanya segelintir sahaja yang benar2 berjaya dan mengekalkan prestasi.

Saya berharap pihak pentadbiran universiti menghargai usaha & keringat mereka ini. Sokongan moral ditambah dengan bantuan peralatan seperti rowing machine di kampus pasti menggembirakan mereka. Semangat waja mereka ini tidak seharusnya dilupakan dan dipandang enteng.

Apapun, saya mengucapkan selamat maju jaya kepada semua rowers. Saya berharap dapat menyaksikan kehebatan para atlit kita beraksi di Varsiti Boat Race kali ini.

Maju ROWING, maju sukan negara!!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Ramadhan

Wow.. it's quite a while from my last post. I hope it's not to late to wish "Selamat menyambut Ramadhan, bulan mulia bulan penuh keberkatan" to all muslim rowers in Malaysia who reading my post.

I wonder how was the progress of training program by muslim rowers in Ramadhan. Last update, Malaysia did not sent any rowers for the Asian Cup Rowing Championship in Singapore. I did not get the details but according to the Mr. presiden all of the rowers did not qualify for lightweight event. Not to blame only the rowers, i believe PERDAMA should not rely only to UTM rowers to represent Malaysia. If the participation open to other university, we able to see more competition among Malaysian rowers to qualify. Although, UTM rowers have more experience & skill compare to others but last URI 2008 event shows that skill is no longer a factor. UTHM, UNITEN & UM has shown a great progress thru skill & fitness. UTHM able to be the champion of Men Coxed Eight (5km) & for the first time breaking the domination of UTM. Anyway, in term of exposure & skill, UTM rowers still ahead from others. Plus, additional administation & technical job to call for a centralize training camp, qualification test, transportation, accomodation and participation details makes it a big challenge for PERDAMA which already utilised 110% existing manpower to focus on other main activities.

For UTM rowers, lack of coaching is always a factor. Without proper training program & guidance, rowers will have no consistency in their training. I've been approached by the female rowers to become a coach which i would be glad to accept but with time & distance constraint, i have to put that on hold. The girls have a great potential to excel base on their physical. But then, I've already commited to junior program with Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah, Putrajaya. Therefore, if i decided to take that offer, i have to plan carefully so that it won't affect my quality time with family, full-time job & my study. One of my colleague says i'm not realistic to have all at one time where it will sacrifice other element in my life without me noticing it. But others said, just do it when i'm still young & healthy. My husband, well he leave it to me to make the choice but he remind me to not to forget or neglact what is the most important in my life. Which of course, the family.

Hmm.. so much of comment cover all various topic. Showing so many things in my mind right now. Anyway, I will get back on track after this one & continue posting articles and updates.

So, see you soon.