Still clear in my mind how our Khairul Syazwan, or just Acik to us, first got to know rugby.
It was in Penang, Bukit Mertajam High School to be exact, he was first introduced to the sport. He was in Form one then.
Still blessed with a copious amount of baby fat, he was a chubby boy then. Of course his weight did not make him a fast player then.
"I'm too slow, aboh..." he often complained.
"Don't worry, you'll get better soon."
Coach Yek always motivated him to workout harder...drop off that excess blubber! True to his words, through grit and determination, Syazwan soon became a note-worthy player.
That was all history. From BM High, he moved to SMK Gunung Rapat, Ipoh, where he matured as a good rugby player. He was a forward. Tackling was his forte.
Still remember even players of the great KE became scared stiff when he and his gang tackled hard.
His greatest achievement, at least from my point of view, was when he scored the winning try against STAR! They were Perak Champs then.
Rugby is now his game. So too are we. We never missed his games.
Now, even when he is in UITM, he still plays a lot of rugby. During the recent vacation, he even volunteered coaching the SMKSI budding rugby team.