Tuesday, 26 November 2013 16:01

Kavin Kartik hails from Tampin, Negri Sembilan a town synonymous with hockey having produced the likes of N. Palanisamy, Brian Jayhan Siva and S. Kumar, all of whom represented Malaysia.


Born in 1992, two years after Brian Jayhan Siva scored the winning goal for Malaysia in the bronze medal playoff at the Beijing Asian Games, Kavin started playing the sport when he was 11 years old with his father S. Govindasamy as his first coach.


And his efforst paid dividends as Kavin was named into the national juniors team for the Junior World Cup in New Delhi that will be held from December 6-15.


Kavin becomes only the second player in the Malaysian Juniors Hockey team history to play in two Junior World Cups, having played in the 2009 edition in Johor Baru. The only other player to accomplish this feat was M. Davendran who played in Vancouver in 1985 with his seconf appearance in Ipoh four years later.


Although his father was a footballer, he wanted his son to excel in hockey and coached Kavin’s primary school team, Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Tamil Tampin.


“It was there I started to pick up hockey and though I loved football, my father would have none of it. Perhaps he was inspired by the fact that Tampin had produced many hockey internationals,” said Kavin.


“From then on I never looked back and joined Bukit Jalil Sports School and moved on to UniKL where I became a more accomplished player.


“The road is long and it takes a lot of effort to make it to the team and I am grateful that I had immense support from my parents. It is a pity they are unable to make it to Delhi to see me play.”


Kavin was named as the man of the match in the 2012 Asia Cup wherew Malaysia created history be winning the Asian title for the first time.


Having played four matches in the 2009 Junior World Cup, against England, Spain, Egypt and Poland, Kavin is hoping that his experience will be in handy in this years campaign where Malaysia will be up against New Zealand, England and South Africa in the preliminary stage of the tournament.


“We need to take it one match at a time and not be too concerned with the results of other teams,” added Kavin who lists former international S. Kuhan as his favourite player.


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