Meet the Interns: Bah Chuh Mei, Lawn Bowls, Malaysia

Meet the Interns

Name: Bah Chui Mei

“I am honoured to be selected as it gives me a chance to do what I have dreamt of, which is to initiate a proper programme for women in coaching.”

Sport: Lawn Bowls

Mentor Coach: National coach Zuraidi Puteh

Country: Malaysia

Games Role: Bah will observe athletes on and off the green, during training, warmup, and competition performance, and will provide evaluation.

Current Occupation: Senior draughtsperson, PWD HQ Malaysia; Freelance lawn bowls coach

Athletic Background: Bah played pairs, triples, and fours and major national and international tournaments. In 1994, she became involved in the sport which would make its debut at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur and where her women’s fours team won the bronze medal. Before that, she was a state javelin thrower.

Coaching: After the 2006 Commonwealth Games, Bah’s contract as a player ended and the Malaysian Lawns Bowls Federation decided she should turn to coaching and build on her experience as an athlete. She was mentored by the former head national coach and former assistant national coach. After a stint as a state junior coach, she was involved with the junior and senior national squads. She has also coached Para-athletes part-time. The national sport organisation continues to provide her with information on the latest training programmes. She hopes to improve the situation for women coaches, showing them how to initiate innovative training programmes.

Education:

Sports Science, Levels 1, 2, and 3

Coaching Levels 1 and 2

Basic Coach Education

Studied at Open University Malaysia

Importance of the WCIP: “I am honoured to be selected as it gives me a chance to do what I have dreamt of, which is to initiate a proper programme for women in coaching; I hope my learning expectations will be fulfilled. Mentoring is helpful as it means I have someone to have discussions and debates with and to provide guidance.”

After Gold Coast: Bah will be given the support she requires to train athletes at a high level and to develop training programmes for up-and-coming athletes. Training and competition resources will be made available to assist her in her coaching. Working with her mentor coach, Bah will plan a programme for the women coaches depending upon the lawn bowls calendar. She will also meet with them and will focus on one woman coach in order to build a network. “Women coaches need to be given the chance.”

Commonwealth Connections: “The Modern Commonwealth is a new era where young and old are able to participate in so many activities. Being a coach at the 2018 Commonwealth Games fulfils my dream, and it will be worthwhile to gauge my performance as a woman coach.”

 

Meet the Mentors

Name:  Zuraidi Puteh

“I wish to share my experience and knowledge with others … I hope the result will be success for Bah in her career and that she will have the determination to become national coach.”

Sport: Lawn Bowls

Country: Malaysia

Current Occupation: National coach

Athletic History: Zuraidi was an athlete on the national team from 1993 to 2004. He competed at the 1994 and 1998 Commonwealth Games and was a gold medallist in men’s fours at the Southeast Asian Games in 1999. He added gold medals at a national championship, several Asia Cups, and the Champion of Champions. 

Coaching History: Zuraidi’s passion for lawn bowls, his experiences as an athlete, and his desire to share his knowledge led him into a coaching career. He was an assistant coach at the 1998 Commonwealth Games where his athletes won a silver and a bronze medal. He became the coach of Sarawak’s state team in early 2004. In 2009, he assumed responsibility for the Elite team, which is the national team’s junior squad, and its preparation for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where he coached the women’s pairs to the silver medal. In 2012, he became assistant coach of the national team working alongside head coach Dr. Simon Botha and one year later was named head coach and lead of the National Elite Team. At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, his athletes won silver medals in women’s fours and men’s pairs. Zuraidi’s athletes have won numerous medals at the World Singles Champion of Champions. In 2016, he became coach of the Podium program.

Education:

International Certification in Sports Coaching, United States Sports Academy (USSA)

Sports Science Levels 1, 2, and 3

Levels 1, 2, and 3 Coaching

Sport Coaching Methodology, USSA

Diploma in Business Study, MARA Institute of Technology

Importance of the WCIP: “As the mentor coach, I wish to share my experience and knowledge with others wanting to become a coach in the sport of lawn bowls. I hope the result will be success for Bah in her career and that she will have the determination to become national coach. Coaching should be a viable career for a woman, particularly given the teaching aspects, which are a woman’s strength. In Malaysia, sports are dominated by men, family factors, and minimal exposure of coaching as a career for women.”

Commonwealth Connections: “The Modern Commonwealth is a reflection of the strong bonds and relations between countries that unite us, especially through sporting events. The Commonwealth Sport Movement is unique in its ability to bring people together in amazing and organized sporting events which allow us to get to know each other. Being a coach at Gold Coast means a lot to me as it is one of the greatest achievements of my career as a coach. I hope my team will dominate lawn bowls and make our country proud.”