She was beaming with smiles and at the same time very surprised to see so many reporters waiting for her arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) yesterday. Holding her championship trophy, the newly crowned world junior champion, Goh Jin Wei was welcomed by BAM’s Deputy President, Tan Sri Mohamed Al-Amin, Honorary Secretary, Ng Chin Chai, General Manager, Kenny Goh, her parents, teammates and family members.
Although she looked tired, she was very sweet to take photos with everyone that came to the airport and she also spared some time for the media to interview her. Jin Wei’s mom, Loh Bee Sim was seen thanking Chin Chai for the opportunities BAM had given her daughter and also for taking care of her needs in the last two years.
Being a very talented player herself, Chin Chai praised Jin Wei for her hard work and determination at this young age. He also mentioned his gratitude towards her parents for being the pillar of her strength. Jin Wei’s parents, Goh Boon Huat and Loh Bee Sim who hails from Penang had decided to stay in Kuala Lumpur and begin a working career here after their daughter was selected to train with the national team two years ago. The sacrifice has surely paid off as they now watch the success of their daughter especially in the international arena.
Chin Chai also added that during the Coaching and Training (C&T) meeting chaired by BAM’s Deputy President Datuk Seri Mohamad Norza Zakaria yesterday morning, Datuk Seri did stress that they had some discussion in terms of Jin Wei’s education
“Mr Kenny and BAM’s technical director, Morten Frost had a meeting with the principal of SMK Sri Hartamas to discuss matters pertaining to Jin Wei’s schedule being an athlete and a student. They were proposing for the school to give her a more flexible time in order for her to attend training. Moreover, Jin Wei is hardly in Malaysia as she has begun competing in more senior level tournaments, hence, she can’t attend classes everyday like her other classmates. However, we were fortunate that her school was receptive to the idea although the official answer will only be known in the next few weeks,” said Chin Chai.
The 15 year-old Jin Wei has been the talk of the nation especially in 2015 when she became the youngest national champion in March, she then went to win a bronze medal at her first SEA Games and another bronze medal at the Asian Junior Championships. Besides that, she won two international titles two months ago before becoming the first girl’ singles and the youngest champion in Malaysia to capture the gold medal at the most prestigious junior competition, the World Junior Championships.
Jin Wei will next head to Brunei to compete in the ASEAN Schools Championships. She will then have a one week break before she leaves to Bombay, India for her next mission, the TATA India International Challenge that begins from 9th till the 13th of December.