Studies or sports?
April was chosen to represent Perak for MSSM Ping Pong tournament in March. Before she got to go to KL for MSSM tournament, she had also gone through district tournament MSSD and also state tournament MSSPK. We are certainly proud of her achievement in sports at such a young age.
|MSSD LMS players who are qualified to MSSM|
April felt upset when missing school. She told me umpteen times that she did not like to be absent from school for the training. I could sense her sadness when her coach coming to fetch her to the training in those mornings that she supposed to leave for school. I missed her smiley face during her training weeks.
|Players from all districts in Perak. Only 20 players qualified for MSSM|
On the other hand, I was stressed too, as I needed to take her to her classmate’s house after her training. She had to catch up with all the homework that she missed. She had to complete the school homework, and then she had to go for tuition class in the evening. I could not afford to see her missing school and skipping tuition classes at the same time.
|April is number 4th under 13 female|
She was worn out juggling between studies and ping pong training. I pitied her. I talked to her dad that I wanted her to just focus on studies and forget about ping pong tournament from next year onward. I feel that study is more important than being good in sports. Her dad did not agree. We argued. We finally agreed to hear from April.
|MSSM Perak Ping Pong Team|
I shared with her about my concern on her absence from school. I could sense her pressure too taking care of studies and sports. All we want is a happy kid but not a champion child. I also said to her, if she is coping up well in both, I am fine too. We will work hard together with her and we will help her in her studies.
|April and her team mates listened to briefing from coach|
April just said, “I don’t like and I don’t want to miss school, mummy.”
She loves going to school more than the training. She is a good student.
So far, we were being very supportive in all of her ping pong tournaments; we took leaves to accompany her; we bear with all the expenses during our stay there. Needless to say, the time and money spent in her ping pong lessons.
|LMS (Larut Matang dan Selama) players ready to go to MSSM|