Probably the most outstanding pupil our school has produced in the field of sports is Yang Seow Meng. He has won the School Sportsman of the Year title for five successive years and the Athlete of the Year trophy for two years.
He began his magnificent hockey career when he represented the school and later the Malacca Combined schools in 1960 while he was only in Form One. He went on to represent the Federation Combined Schools and in 1962 began to turn out regularly for the state team.
Training for the Malaysian Hockey Team for the Tokyo Olympic Games began when he was to sit for his School Certificate examination and thus he missed the Olympics. However, he later was given a chance to play for the country at the 5th Asian Games in Bangkok.
He shone at the games and was selected to the Asian Hockey Team. In 1968 while in the university, he was chosen to play for our nation at the 18th Olympaid in Mexico City. It was a proud period for our school.
Although hockey was the game that took him furthest, Yang Seow Meng played numerous other games. He was an outstanding cricket player, being the Vice-Captain of our school and state combined schools team in 1965. A great footballer, he captained our school, the Malacca Combined Schools and Malacca Burnly Teams. The school 100m and 200m Division I sprint records were at one time held by him. He also played rugger, scoring many touch-downs, and softball for the school.
Also a great organiser and leader, he was the President of the HSLA and House Captain of Van Dieman House for 3 years. He was made a prefect and went on to be the Vice Captain and finally in 1966 the Captain of our school.
Never has our school in its 105 year history produced a greater sportsman but let his name be a spur and incentive to greater heights of achievements by all MHS students.
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