When there is a will, there is way.
Hendak seribu daya, tak hendak seribu dalih.
We came 5th in the recent MSSPK 55thTrack and Field Championships. Better than the 7th in last year ranking. For those who is not from Perak and failed miserably in Geography too, there are 10 districts in the state of Perak, ye kawan-kawan.
In Batang Padang itself, there are 96 primary schools and 26 secondary schools. Manjung comprises of 80 primary schools and 21 secondary schools. Kinta Utara has more primary and primary schools, 110 and 53. Next, Kinta Selatan has 65 primary schools and only 15 primary schools. In Kerian, 67 and 24 for primary and secondary schools respectively. There are 89 primary schools in Kuala Kangsar and 23 secondary schools. Hilir Perak and Larut Matang Selama has the same primary school numbers, 114 but for secondary schools there are 25 in Hilir Perak compared to 34 in LMS, as it fondly known among us. Anyway, I was told Hilir Perak students were studying in sports schools across the nation. Up north, Hulu Perak has 14 primary schools and 16 secondary schools. Another 58 primary schools and 17 secondary schools are in Perak Tengah.
My point is, as the kids put it.."susah giler nak qualified for MSSPk". Even though you are gold medalist in your district championships, the ticket to perform in MSSPk is never guaranteed.
Then, once you are in qualified, "susah giler nak dapat pingat". It's neck to neck competition, because every one has only one goal, GOLD.
Forgive me for being a wee bit "bangga giler" again, this phrase is borrowed from the kids. Out of 12 golds, 8 came from our schools. Another 2 are from relay events which our kids were part of the team.
I think it is really an amazing achievement.
Don't you think so?
When I was slightly younger than today, i read an article on Zaiton Othman (takkan x kenal kot) and here is what she said.
"Masa saya sekolah, ada kawan yang lebih bagus dan kuat daripada saya".
Seriously, kuat dan bagus doesn't mean you'll succeed, but with perseverance, dedication and good techniques, even the snail will beat the hare. Oppss itu dalam fables la kan..
Panjang berjela saya tulis, niat sebenar nak cakap... Not no belittled the kids efforts, I think these two men really did a good job in coaching. As I wrote numerous times before. both of them r very low profile, silap2 nanti saya kena pangkah pulak...
Out of 1061 schools in the state, how many could produce 8+2 golds. The fact that we r not sports school make the victory sounds like something you read in Chicken Soup series. But then if you asked what the want as a reward, i m sure their wishes will ranging from new spikes, new barrier for hurdles, new javelin to a paid motivation-cum-training-camp for the athletes.
So selfless. The kids are their centre of attention.
If u asked me, a paid trip for Indonesia SEA Games in November is much welcome.
But... wishful thinking I guess... Let just say, if i were rich, that is the first reward ever cross my mind after slashed the idea of Japan ATF in July.
Say whatever you want, but 8+2 out of from 12 golds is a ...... (fill in the blanks).