Posted by: ssbjalumni | January 19, 2011

Carolyn sets up training centre for young aspiring gymnasts

FORMER international Carolyn Au-Yong Yim Wah, a member of the Malaysian rhythmic gymnastics gold medal winning team in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, has a diploma in advertising and graphic design.But she has chosen to be a full-time rhythmic gymnastics instructor and has set up a training centre — Carolyn’s School of Rhythmic Gymnastics — based at Central Park Sports Centre in Kota Damansara.

Carolyn said she was passionate about rhythmic gymnastics and wanted to share her knowledge with young aspiring gymnasts.

“I was quite tempted to venture into the advertising industry but somehow found rhythmic gymnastics more interesting and decided to become a full-time coach. I am looking forward to playing a part in the development of rhythmic gymnastics,’’ said Carolyn.

This is how you do it: Carolyn gives a helping hand to a trainee.

For Carolyn, coaching is not something new. The 28-year-old, who retired from competitions after the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, has been actively involved in coaching for the past seven years.

For six years, she was involved in the Kuala Lumpur rhythmic gymnastics junior programme as well helping the national trainees.

About five years ago, she opted to be a coach and was involved in coaching in schools. But two months ago, Carolyn felt that the time has come for her to set up her training centre.

“I have been coaching in schools and will continue to do so. But with my own training centre, I will be able to draw up an intensive training programme for the trainees. I will be at my centre on weekends,’’ said Carolyn.

About 50 children, aged from three to 12, are currently attending her weekend training sessions. Carolyn, who is also a qualified rhythmic gymnastics judge, said most of the trainees had gone through the basic training programme.

“For the new season, they are expected to represent their schools and I am expecting them to give a decent performance. We will also be initiating an internal grading programme to evaluate the gymnasts.

“The gymnasts will be given the chance to gauge their progress in the inter-club championships. So it is going to be an interesting and exciting season for the trainees.

“My aim is to make the training sessions enjoyable. The training sessions must not be a burden to them but something they should look forward to with enthusiasm,’’ said Carolyn.

She has come a long way since she took up gymnastics. She has represented the country in the SEA Games, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. Her most impressive result was in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Besides winning the bronze medal in the individual ribbon event, Carolyn and her teammates — Sarina Sundararajah, Thye Chee Kiat, and El Regina Tajudin – won the team gold medal in the Commonwealth Games.

For her outstanding results in the Commonwealth Games, Carolyn was named as the Kuala Lumpur Sportswoman of the Year.

She has also made a name for herself in cheerleading as a coach as well as a judge in competitions.

Source : The Star


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