GEORGE TOWN – “If my teacher did not believe in me at that time, I don’t think I will be where I am now. Thank you for everything.”
Those were the words uttered by Chan Peng Soon, ranked world number 11 in Badminton Mixed Double and Rio Olympics 2016 silver medallist, when he visited his alma mater, SK Sum Sun today.
The school was the first place where he had held his badminton racket and practised to join school tournaments and indirectly had become his core foundation for his career as a professional badminton player.
Peng Soon today returned to his school to share his experience during the Olympics and life as a sportsman.
His presence was greeted by hundreds of school children with a loud cheer and teachers were also excited over his attendance.
As he took the stage at the hall with his teacher Wei Eng, Peng Soon also encouraged the students to do well in school and at the same time never forget the importance of sports.
Reminiscing his time at the school, Peng Soon said that there were so many happy memories such as playing basketball at the court, studying in the classroom, playing badminton and representing the school in tournaments.
“There are so many memories here and everything still looks the same despite my leaving the school 16 years ago. I still come back from time to time and I still keep close relations with my teacher (Wei Eng),” he said.
Peng Soon had presented to his teacher and former badminton coach the jersey that he wore during the Olympics tournament in front of all the teachers and students at the school hall.
As she received his official jersey, Wei Eng could not contain her joy as tears were seen in her eyes.
“I could not believe myself that Peng Soon will give me the jersey that he wore during the Olympics. It is the best gift ever in my entire life.”
She had also expressed her gratitude towards her former student for not forgetting the school and remember all the little things the teachers had done for him in the past.
“I am happy that he came back after winning the Olympics and all of us were proud of him. As his former class teacher and badminton coach, I am delighted for of him,” said Wei Eng.
The world number 11th mixed pair, Peng Soon and his partner, Goh Liu Ying will be flying to Japan next week for the Japan open tournament.
“We will do the best that we can for the tournament. Please pray for our success,” said Peng Soon. – BERNAMA