Friday, March 21, 2014

Nicol David Advances, Low Wee Wern Falters

The 2013/2014 Women's World Open Squash Championship – which serves as the individual world championship for squash players – is currently ongoing in Penang. 

Predictably, Nicol David is doing well. She marched into the semi-finals after coming out on top of a topsy-turvy quarter-finals that lasted a good one hour and sixteen minutes defeating France's Camille Serme 9-11, 11-5, 11-5, 6-11, 11-4.

There was disappointment though for Malaysia’s number two Low Wee Wern, when she lost to world number 2, England's Laura Massaro. 

Low shocked Massaro 14-12 to win the first set. Massaro made it 1-1 to take the second set 11-6, before losing to Wee Wern, 6-11 in the third set. However, Low lost her momentum in the other two sets as Massaro sealed the match with 13-11 and 11-7. The important thing is that Low gave Massaro a good fight.

Finally the tedious task of marking exam scripts and the keying-in of marks were completed. 

And I rewarded myself with an iced vanilla latte at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf shop.

On Thursday, the Sunway University Toastmasters meeting was in session and I am pleased that we had a good meeting. I took up the role of Table Topics Evaluator at this meeting. 

Referring to Table Topics, the General Evaluator congratulated members and guests because he found their participation to be spontaneous and enthusiastic. When the Table Topics Master asked for speakers, there was a rapid-fire show of hands and the GE marveled at this because this was not something that is often seen in many Toastmasters meetings. Most times, there is much calling of names to get the audience to step forward to participate.

For the first time, we incorporated a ten-minute Open Evaluation and I am glad that this was well-received. I am confident this will further enhance the quality of our meetings. 

But I was not happy when the Timekeeper pointed out that we were sixty seconds late in starting the meeting. Therefore, this meeting earns a 4.5 score over 10.

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