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Muthiah gets the thumbs up.

As appeared in Mailsport today.


NATIONAL middle distance running coach S.Muthiah received the thumbs-up from Athletics Australia who want more coaches from Malaysia in their programmes.
Muthiah, a three-time Sea Games champion, enjoyed a five-week stint in Australia earlier this year. Among those who worked with Muthiah was Athletics Australia coach Tim O'Shaughnessy.
"I'd give Muthiah a big tick. He responded well to our training methods and programmes," said O'Shaughnessy.
"Five weeks is rather short and I do hope Muthiah will come back and that other coaches will join him."
Muthiah spent time in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. He also spent some time at the National Altitude Training Center in Falls Creek, Victoria during his earlier visit.
O'Shaughnessy was met at the Melbourne schools cross country relays competition organised by the national federation at Jells Park on Saturday. Mailsport was given the opportunity to speak to the Australian coach thanks to the Australia-Malaysia Institute - an initiative funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The competition saw the best athletes from the schools running as the best runners will then be approached by clubs. There are about 50 active athletics clubs in Melbourne alone. Local club Knox has about 30 coaches and some 1,500 athletes of various ages.
Malaysia, however, lacks a strong club system which sees most competition held either at the schools level leading up to the national schools meet (MSSM) or at the elite level.
When asked if he would share his expertise in Malaysia, O'Shaughnessy replied: "I would be happy to help up but it's important for the coaches to come over and understand how we do things here as well.
"The Americans have a different system. They don't rely on clubs but it works. It depends on the particular country and the system that best suits that country at the end of the day."

HD says: Here's hoping more coaches will enjoy beneficial stints locally and abroad.


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