I first heard about Mr C. Kunalan (aka Mr K) when I was 10 years old. Coincidentally, that was the year that I first enrolled in the track and field ECA (extra-curricular activity). My P.E. teacher and athletics coordinator, Ms Chia Wei, mentioned a couple of times that I emulate some parts of Mr K’s supersonic quick legs (two things that make a sprinter fast — fast frequency and big strides).
I had the chance to listen to Mr K’s engaging talks about his journey in track and field. His many stories about friendship, excellence and respect share the Olympic values. In addition to his cheerfulness, his positivity engages anyone from a young child to even a grandpa. I worked with Mr K at the then YOG Gallery Museum at Kay Siang Road (new museum is located at the Sports Hub Museum) where I partnered Mr K to give talks to visiting students. Eventually, I gave my own talks about my life journey and experience. Mr K’s powerpoint skills are really good, and his articles and references are ALL up to date.
From Mr K, I learned how to impart my knowledge and experience in an interactive way.
A while back, I filmed a short video on Supersport 360 with Mr K for a segment before the 28th SEA Games about the life of an athlete then and now. We had a mini challenge at the end of the video and it was really fun as both of us scrummed to complete a block start challenge.
All in all, I have seen how Mr K has shaped the athletics community by being a vital part of the system; as an athlete, coach, organizing committee member, outreach role model. Mr K has sacrificed much of his time to inspire, educate and to pave the path ahead for his successors.
Blessed 73rd, Mr K!
P.s. We share the same initials. GO C.K.!