Chai Kah Chun (Lawrence), President of the Table Tennis Club
Lawrence is a Pharmacy student in his third semester. Read on to find out about his experience in the current IMU Cup as both a participant and an event organiser.
You are in charge of organizing the table tennis competition for the upcoming IMU Cup – how has progress been?
The preparation has been great. However, the main problem is recruiting participants for the competition. It’s quite difficult to get students to join the game as IMU students are often focused on studying and they generally avoid activities that distract them. Furthermore, table tennis is a game that requires 10 players per team. As such a high number of players is required, forming a team proved difficult.
What was the most challenging part of this event for you?
Like I’ve mentioned, urging people to enter the competition was quite challenging – I had to persuade them to join! We had to form a strong team with the complete set of players within limited time. Furthermore, time management was also another obstacle as I needed to maintain my performance academically while handling both my responsibilities as a team player and as president of the Table Tennis Club.
What is the most interesting part of this event for you?
I had the opportunity to meet new people and to form new friendships. It helped me be more inquisitive and eager to fulfill my duties as a leader.
What was the responsibility of the post you hold?
As the President, I have to know the direction the event intends on going, as while as assign different tasks to those responsible .Ultimately, I have to make sure that the event runs smoothly. Besides that, I have to encourage committee members and players alike to participate and, contribute ideas before finalizing any decisions.
What have you put in place to make the team work out?
All the committee members are friends so there was already a strong bond initially. To further strengthen that bond, I constantly encourage good communication, having created Whatsapp and Facebook groups.
How do you manage time between your studies and extracurricular activities?
I had to sacrifice time spent hanging out with friends and family in order to keep up with my studies. However, I would like to think that all these extracurricular activities help me perfect my time management skills. Thus, I have no regrets being active in them.
What are your expectations for this event?
I hope that interest in table tennis will continue to grow and that aspiring participants take up the chance to play in any future events! Personally, I would consider my progress thus far as an achievement.
Is there anything you would like to convey to other IMU students?
Table tennis is a very interesting sport! It’s not as hard as people imagine it to be and our club organizes trainings for those new to the sport. Students should also learn to partake in extracurricular activities as it helps them master the art of time management and other skills they cannot learn through studying. For those interested, you can join the IMU Table Tennis Club on Facebook. We conduct training sessions twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) in front of 4.02 at 7 pm. Do come join us!