By JASBIR KAUR | MALAYSIA
Two athletes, two hockey players and two budding girl footballers from the Sikh community were recognised for their talent by the Selangor Sikh Association (SSA).
The six, led by Sea Games gold medalist for 20km walk Narinder Singh, received the Sports Awards for Selangor at a fund raising event with Malaysian football legend Datuk Santokh Singh doing the honours.
The 36-year old organisation intend to make the awards an annual affair to recognise and award the upcoming sportsman/woman so as to encourage and motivate the youngsters to excel in sports.
“The generation Y and Z nowadays are very reluctant to play physical sports and many are obsessed with video games instead. We need to create an environment in which there are sporting avenues and development programs for them to partake,” said SSA president Rajinder Singh.
The other award recipients were footballing sisters Asheesh Kaur and Kanchen Kaur, middle distance runner Savinder Kaur and national hockey player Harmesh Singh.
One of the key SSA initiatives is to secure a land to build a clubhouse.
“As many of you might have heard, we have been in constant talks over the years with the Selangor Government to get a piece of land for our Clubhouse and sporting facilities. The response is very positive and in fact reiterated by the current [caretaker] MB in this year’s Vaisakhi Open House on their commitment that SSA will be granted a land for their clubhouse.
“We are positive to be able to identify one soon and look forward to get it endorsed by the state. The Selangor state government has also been very positive towards our sports developments and this year gave us RM50,000,” he said in his speech.
Initially registered as Petaling Jaya Sikh Association on 28 March 1982, it changed its name to SSA on 14 December 1984. Its first president was Dr. Karpal Singh. The subsequent presidents were Dr. Mohan Singh Pannu, Dr. Kerpal Singh Pannu, Gurdarshan Singh and Amarjeet Singh (2011-2017).
Tushar Singh: Hockey U12. Represented Sepang District 2017.
Narinder Singh: Athletics (national record holder since 1997 for 20km walking) and gold medalist for 20km walk at Sea Games.
Asheesh Kaur: Football. Represented Selangor U14 FAM National Tournament and Malaysia U15 National Tournament in Hong Kong. Recipient of Astro Kasih Overseas Football Clinic in Barcelona 2016.
Kanchen Kaur: Football. Recipient of Astro Kasih Overseas Football Clinic in Barcelona 2017. Junior Soccer Singapore League 2017
Savinder Kaur Joginder Singh: Athletics. Silver Medalist 800m Asian Youth Games, China 2013, Gold medal SUKMA Sarawak 2016 800m & 1500m, 4th place KL 29 Sea Games 1500m & 5th place 800m.
Harmesh Singh: Hockey. Represented Selangor hockey U18, Malaysian hockey league, Most promising player MHL 2012, Victoria hockey league, Malaysian National team for 2 years.
Malkit Kaur: Special Recognition for tireless commitment and dedication to Netball Girls team. Malkit and her husband Gurdarshan Singh have developed many talented netball players and Selangor has always been the trophy contender in the Gurdwara Cup in the last few years.
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