YOUNG TEN­NIS PLAY­ERS

Ris­ing stars among 11 recog­nised by Pe­nang Sports Club

New Straits Times - - Sport -

K. KANDIAH nst­sport@nst.com.my and An­gel Ooi Jie Han (ta­ble ten­nis).

Chan sib­lings Soon Keat, Li Ying and Yu Chi — aged 14, 12 and 10 years re­spec­tively — played in the Pe­nang Schools Sports Coun­cil and the State Closed Ju­nior Age Group tour­na­ments.

At the na­tional level, they played in the Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion of Malaysia’s (LTAM) na­tional ju­nior cir­cuits while at the in­ter­na­tional level, the sib­lings com­peted in the Malaysia Ju­nior Ten­nis Cir­cuit in Thai­land, the ITF World Ju­niors in Bangkok and the Hat Yai 100Plus In­ter­na­tional Ju­nior Tour­na­ment.

Vivek, 13 and Gau­tam, 10 also did the state proud as they too played in the Pe­nang Schools and State Closed Ju­nior Age Group tour­na­ments.

At the na­tional level, they played in the LTA of Malaysia’s na­tional ju­nior cir­cuits while at the in­ter­na­tional level, the sib­lings com­peted in the Malaysia Ju­nior Ten­nis Cir­cuit.

Aqira Erin, 12, also played at the state, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els. Ewe Chuen, Wen Lynn and Jia Ru the awards for the third con­sec­u­tive year.

Mean­while, PSC pres­i­dent Loo Choo Teng said the sixth and fi­nal in­stall­ment to the state gov­ern­ment for the 60-year land lease re­newal pre­mium would be set­tled by the end of March, thank­ing his pre­de­ces­sor Dr. S. Shankar and his com­mit­tee for mak­ing it hap­pen.

“I also take this op­por­tu­nity to thank our beloved Head of State Tun, for his strong sup­port for the re­newal of the lease and we are also much obliged and grate­ful to our very un­der­stand­ing State Sec­re­tary Datuk Seri Farizan, who had put in a lot of ef­fort and had a great hand in get­ting the lease ap­proved from the state gov­ern­ment.

“With the re­newal, we are on firm ground to plan the re­fur­bish­ment and de­vel­op­ment of the club. Phase one will be the con­struc­tion of a new build­ing with four bad­minton courts on the up­per floor, while the ground floor will in­clude a ta­ble ten­nis hall and chil­dren’s play area,” Loo said.

Loo said the ground floor would also con­sist of of­fice space and other ameni­ties, adding the es­ti­mated cost of the new com­plex was RM6 mil­lion and was ex­pected to be com­pleted in the first quar­ter of 2019.

Head of State Tun Ab­dul Rah­man Ab­bas with Pe­nang Sports Club’s most out­stand­ing ju­nior award win­ners in Ge­orge Town re­cently.

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