Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Wasted Opportunity

It is displeasing to read that there would be no Women’s World Open squash championship this year! Last Saturday, acting Tour director for the WSA Suzie Pierrepont sent out an official statement to confirm it. I cannot understand why this is so when the Women’s Squash Association had an entire year to plan and yet nothing materialized. 

It is also important to note that financially, the WSA have always been lagging behind the men’s Professional Squash Association and of course, without money, it was hard to secure a venue. 

The world meet aside, WSA players have endured a miserable season this year due to the significant lack of tournaments. Somebody had commented that at least three meets from previous years were not on this year’s calendar. If this persists, the future of women’s squash will be bleak. 

But I wonder why Malaysia didn’t step forward to be the host? We last hosted the world tourney in 2004, when Nicol David was not yet an established world class player. It would have been really awesome if the country could give her a chance to win (another) world title in front of her own fans! And I would have gone to watch her too! 

We have Nicol David and Low Wee Wern, a world champion in the making in our midst – surely the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia could be more pro-active to secure sponsorship and host this championship in Malaysia. Like everything else in this country, our priorities are misplaced. A wasted opportunity.

Menara Bank Islam, Jalan Perak was the venue for the Kelly Toastmasters meeting yesterday evening. Besides Sunway University Toastmaster Kenneth Ho, SK Khor (D’Utama Advanced) and Grace Tan (AFC) were also there to lend support. I was the Evaluator for CC speech #6. 

Although there were only eleven of us, there was much laughter and banter at this encounter. I would not be exaggerating if I say that it was an uproarious meeting. More importantly, I came because I know there would be good speeches from the members and with us there, evaluations were also first-rate. I would score this meeting a 7.5 over 10!


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