Meet the Interns: Lini Kazim, Triathlon, Malaysia

Meet the Interns

Name: Lini Kazim

“I am excited to have the opportunity to experience a high-level race as a coach and hope to bring back the required skill and knowledge to coach Malaysian athletes at the national and international levels.”

Sport: Triathlon

Mentor Coach: Peter Lau

Country: Malaysia

Current Occupation: Head coach, Migra Falko Triathlon Coaching, which manages Time Time Triathlon

Games Responsibilities: Lini will help in preparing athletes, will monitor their progress, and will record their statistics for the National Sport Council of Malaysia.

Athletic Background: Lini was an age-group athlete in long distance duathlon and triathlon and competed in Powerman Classic and Ironman events. Before starting triathlon in 2013 at the age of 44, she was a runner and chose to do triathlon for cross training when she hit a plateau in her running. She was attracted by like-minded people who, despite busy lives and having to juggle three sports, still made time for training and racing. Lini’s triathlon coach, Steve Lumley, guided her every step of the way. In Malaysia at that time, although everyone logged 15 to 20 hours of training each week, systematic training programmes were unheard of. Although not an outstanding athlete, she was crowned the fastest female Malaysian after her first Ironman in Langkawi. “I owed it to good coaching and my training program.”

Coaching: After Langkawi, triathletes began asking Lini about training programs and nutrition. She shared her experience, completed her Triathlon Coaching accreditation, and helped Steve with the youth/junior development programme to gain more coaching experience. “It was so rewarding to see the youth bloom into junior elite under proper guidance and that inspired me to continue Steve’s good work after he returned to the United Kingdom.” The Triathlon Association of Malaysia (TAM) encouraged Lini to pursue higher level coaching and expanded her experience by sending her to a training camp that was facilitated by world-class coaches from Asia. In 2016, Lini became head coach of Team Time Triathlon, which consists of elite athletes groomed to compete in major races. Her long-term goal is to develop a world-class athlete. She notes that gender equality was fairly high on agendas when she started coaching and so has not experienced any major issues as a woman coach. She stays connected with athletes and coaches through email, Facebook, Whatsapp, Messenger, Skype, and Instagram.

Education:

Law degree, Nottingham University

MBA, Heriot Watt University

Triathlon New Zealand Levels 1 and 2 Accredited Coach

Advanced diploma in nutrition

Importance of the WCIP: The WCIP will help in continuing Lini’s development programme started by the TAM and will enable her to tap into higher-level coaching courses. “I am looking forward to the professional development and learning opportunities. I am also excited to have the opportunity to experience a high-level race as a coach and hope to bring back the required skill and knowledge to coach Malaysian athletes at the national and international levels. Having a mentor and a network of coaches is useful and this provides the platform for discussion and sharing of experiences.”

​After Gold Coast: Lini will be supported and encouraged to participate in ongoing programs initiated by the International Triathlon Union. She is preparing one athlete for the Youth Olympic Games Qualification event in June 2018 and two athletes for the Asian Games in September 2018. She hopes to enhance her coaching plan with knowledge and experience gained at the Commonwealth Games. She is currently helping a female friend who is interested in becoming a coach and hopes to mentor her.

Commonwealth Connections: “The countries of the Modern Commonwealth do not have any legal obligation to each other, but remain united by their values that are promoted through channels such as the Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth Sport Movement is about connecting athletes, citizens, and communities by ensuring the performances of athletes at the Games will inspire a wide and lasing impact throughout the Commonwealth and beyond. By promoting fair play, combating prejudice, and encouraging inclusivity, the 2018 Commonwealth Games is a landmark for triathlon since athletes who are lapped will not be removed from the event. This will help to promote the participation of smaller nations and territories. As a coach, I am proud that this amendment means all athletes, no matter their capability, will finish this prestigious race.”

 

Meet the Mentors

Name: Peter Lau

“As more women are participating in the sport in Asia, cultural and religious issues make it slightly difficult for a male coach to take charge.”

Sport: Triathlon

Country: Malaysia

Current Occupation: Deputy President and Chief Coach, Triathlon Association of Malaysia (TAM)

Athletic History: Peter started doing triathlons during his primary school years and continued during his secondary and tertiary education in New Zealand where he also played biathlon, rugby, softball and cricket.

Coaching History: When Peter began triathlon, there were no local coaches. “We learned from books, magazines, and fellow athletes. When the sport debuted at the Southeast Asian Games in 2005, the sport had no coach and I was thrust into the position, using whatever knowledge I had.” Malaysian athletes won gold and silver and Peter decided to give back to the sport even as he continued to compete in Ironman and sprint distances races. He received his Level 2 International Triathlon Union (ITU) coaching certification and has never looked back. He and several retired triathletes have started a no-profit coaching foundation to coach and develop young talents.

Education:

Level 2 ITU coaching certification

Importance of the WCIP: Peter became involved in the WCIP because of gender equality. “As more women are participating in the sport in Asia, cultural and religious issues make it slightly difficult for a male coach to take charge. There is also the need to understand the psychological and physiological makeup of a female athlete. The TAM is encouraging athletes such as Lini to coach and I am mentoring three women coaches. After the Games, Lini will identify, promote, and develop young talents, men as well as women …  athletes coached by her could challenge the best in Asia.” He describes the role of mentor as being the source of new techniques and skill development and to support Lini, boost her confidence, and be a good listener. Barriers Peter identifies include gender prejudice, whereby a male athlete might not accept being coached by a female, cultural and religious issues, perception of ability, commitment, and communication.

Commonwealth Connections: “The nations of the Modern Commonwealth are united in their values, which are promoted through various channels, including the Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth Sport Movement brings together athletes, giving equal status to males and females, to compete on a level playing field … Sport is a powerful unifying factor, bringing communities from different parts of the world as ONE. These Games combat prejudice and promote fair play. They also allow coaches the opportunity to self-evaluate their commitment to coaching.”