BEING a nationwide squash participant is just not the one feat that Siow Yee Xian has achieved. The 19-year-old can also be a excessive performer in relation to his research.
Launched to squash on the age of eight, the Bukit Beruang, Melaka, native emerged the very best scholar on the Bukit Jalil Sports activities College in 2018, scoring 10As in his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examinations.
He then furthered his research at INTI Worldwide Faculty Subang the place he attained 1A* in Physics and 2A in each Chemistry and Arithmetic in his Cambridge A-Ranges examinations.
That paved the way in which for the two-time Asian Junior champion to use for a course in Yale College in the USA. Not solely was he accepted to check a bachelor’s diploma in pc science, however he additionally secured a scholarship that waived practically 80% of his tuition charges.
The 12 months 2019 additionally noticed him reaching the quarter-finals on the World Junior Championships, the semi-finals on the British Junior Open and the quarter-finals on the Nationwide Championships.
“Once I was taking part in in an abroad match, I acquired to know that universities within the US present athletes alternatives to pursue their research and play squash on the similar time.
“I talked to the coaches from Harvard College, Princeton College and so forth. Finally, I used to be drawn to the programmes at Yale College, in addition to its squash staff, ” he recalled.
Having accomplished his first 12 months on the college, Siow conceded that it took him a while to adapt to his new atmosphere.
“After some time, the Yale squash staff grew to become like a second household to me. I had squash coaching after class every day and did my assignments at evening. There was time on weekends to hang around with pals and discover town, ” he shared.
“Being part of the college’s squash league was very thrilling and aggressive. Generally we travelled to different universities to play in competitions whereas different occasions, we hosted fellow opponents at Yale.
“No matter victories and losses, these moments spent with my teammates throughout coaching and after we took half within the American Nationwide Championships are at all times valuable, ” he added.
Siow is again in Malaysia after making a call to defer his second 12 months in Yale College, attributing his resolution to the unfold of the Covid-19 pandemic. Had he opted to proceed his classes remotely, he must be up in the midst of the evening for stay lessons on-line as a result of completely different time zones, he stated.
Within the meantime, Siow is just not resting on his laurels. He has rejoined the nationwide staff on the Nationwide Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil.
“I went again to the coaching routine in July final 12 months when sports activities actions had been allowed after the motion management order. The nationwide staff often runs two periods on weekdays, and one session on Saturday, ” he stated.
His time away from the nationwide staff had finished nothing to throw him off stability.
“I did a good job of sustaining my endurance on the court docket. Apart from that, I nonetheless have to work on my technical and psychological abilities, ” he stated, including that he has to step up his recreation to match skilled gamers.
“I hope to win main skilled squash tournaments at some point and make Malaysia proud!” stated Siow, who’s transitioning from junior to senior degree in squash.
Trying again on his journey as a scholar athlete getting enrolled into his dream college, Siow expressed his gratitude to INTI.
“INTI offered a high-quality educating and studying atmosphere throughout my time at its Subang campus. This helped me get into Yale College with good grades. I additionally acquired an 80% scholarship from INTI, which enabled me to finish my research.”
He additionally conveyed his immense gratitude to his dad and mom whom he described as “ever-supportive”.
Because the world offers with an unprecedented time within the face of the pandemic, Siow strives to maneuver ahead with this motto: “What you do immediately might be mirrored in your future”.