Sunday February 3, 2013
Kim Hock’s new academy aim to churn out more junior champions
PANDAMARAN: Former international Yap Kim Hock produced three world junior doubles champions when he was a coach with Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM).
Now that he is no longer with BAM, he continues to relish the challenge of churning out more junior stars.
The 42-year-old Kim Hock is hopeful of doing just that through his new YKH Academy in Pandamaran.
A total of 50 children aged between 7 and 12 years old from the Kampung Idaman Primary School attended the official launch of his academy and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games doubles silver medallist with Cheah Soon Kit was beaming with joy.
“It’s a new life for me. I have my own academy and I can focus on producing more champions,” said Kim Hock, who has turned a huge godown into a 12-court centre.
The stocky shuttler decided to run his own academy when BAM did not extend his contract last year. It marked the end of Kim Hock’s 12-year service as a coach with the national team and also soured his relationship with the national body.
“I was disappointed with BAM’s decision. They may have their own reasons for ending my service ... it’s their prerogative. You cannot force someone to keep you,” said Kim Hock.
“I know that I had given my best and enjoyed my 12 years in BAM.”
Kim Hock, however, prefers not to dwell on the past and would rather work on raising the standard of his students.
“I also have several former state shuttlers under my academy. In the evenings, it is open for public use. I will use my experience and skills to inspire the youngsters under my care. I may not be in the limelight anymore but this work here is still rewarding,” he said.
Kim Hock started as a BJSS coach in 2001 and was promoted to become national coach in 2003. Two years later, he became the chief coach. Despite ensuring that Malaysia returned home with one silver at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing through Lee Chong Wei, Kim Hock was demoted to coaching BJSS in 2009.
It did not dampen his spirit. In fact, he exceeded all expectations by producing three consecutive world junior champions – Chooi Kah Ming-Ow Yao Han (2009), Yao Han-Yew Hong Kheng (2010) and Nelson Heg Wei Keat-Teo Ee Yi (2011).
Kim Hock showed that he hasn’t lost much of his skill when he partnered former international Chow Pak Chuu in an exhibition match against professionals Mohd Fairuzizuan Mohd Tazari-Mohd Zakry Abdul Latif yesterday. Although Kim Hock-Pak Chuu lost, the match drew thunderous applause from the young audience.