M. Selva of Form 5 Arts 2, had won the year 1978 Sportsman of the Year trophy.
Although small in build, he shows great agility in the sports field. Selva started his hockey career in BHES when he was in Standard 3 in 1970. He represented BHES II from 1971 to 1973 and was made the captain of the team.
While in the lower secondary in Sekolah Menengah Air Leleh, he captained the school hockey team from 1974 to 1976. When he came to Malacca High School, as expected, he represented MHS in 1977.
Later, in the same year, he was selected to play for the Malacca Combined Schools. His fine performance had earned him a place in the Malacca Under 20 State team in 1976.
In 1977, he represented the State Under 20 and Under 23 teams for the Razak Cup.
The following year, he played for the Pentangular Tournament. Selva was deservedly awarded the Hockey Colors in 1977. His hockey career had given him the opportunity to travel overseas when he was selected for the Junior World Cup team for the European Tour.
Apart from the field of hockey, Selva too was an athlete. He was an athlete since primary school and won many awards and titles. He was the Athletic House Captain for BHES 2, SMAL and MHS (Albuquerque House) for the year 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1978 respectively.
He was given the “Best Performance” award for the Annual Sports Meet for SMAL in 1974 and his last year in SMAL had made him the Sportsman of the Year.
On Sports Day last year, he won the title “Best Performance” and this year’s Speech Day had added yet another feather to his cap when he received the Sportsman of the Year award.
Selva too was active in other games like football and badminton. He was the badminton captain in BHES 2, and SMAL in 1973 and 1976 respectively.
This great talented sportsman who had brought honour to the name of the school, had been given the responsible post of a prefect. His great talent, potential and determination will surely win him a place in the senior hockey national team one day.
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