KUALA LUMPUR: The ability to do a chin up landed Roslinda Samsu in pole vault – and later in the Malaysian history books as one of the best pole vaulters to have donned national colours.
The four-time SEA games gold medallist and 2006 Asian Games silver medallist had called time on her career in January last year to pursue a new calling as a teacher and coach at the Malaysia Sports School in Pahang.
“I was about 14 when my coach, Cikgu Mat, asked me to do a chin up.
“It was my first and only test and he told me that I would take up pole vault. That’s how I got my start,” said Roslinda, who hails from Padang Terap, Kedah.
“It’s tough. I think I will have to go to the kampung (villages) to find the next female pole vaulter. It’s not that city girls can’t do it, they are just not interested. But kampung girls have a special quality in them – they’re stronger, braver and more gung-ho to pick up the sport.”
Roslinda, who teaches physical education, civics and sports science, has seven boys aged between 13 and 15 under her.