PETALING JAYA: Young powerhouse Goh Jin Wei has been selected to represent Malaysia at the World Junior Championships from Oct 23-Nov 3 in Bangkok.
The 13-year-old is one of the most talented junior players not based in the Bukit Jalil Sports School.
The Penangite is also in great form, having won the Division Two title of the KL Open on Sunday.
It was her second title after claiming the Kedah Open earlier this year.
She has also beaten all the older BJSS players – Ho Yen Mei, S. Kisona, Sylvia Kavita Kumares, Lee Ying Ying, Lee Zii Yii, Yap Rui Chen and M. Thinaah – over the past year.
It was initially felt that Jin Wei might be too young for the world juniors as it was thought that the age range was between 14 and 18.
But the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) realised that there is no age limit and her name was brought forward in the final selection meeting.
Jin Wei will join Yen Mei and Kisona, the two players already confirmed by BAM, in the squad.
The fourth slot went to Ying Ying, who came up tops over Sylvia, Zii Yii, Rui Chen and Thinaah in the selection trials which ended Tuesday.
There are, however, no surprises in the boys’ singles with both Asian Junior champion Soo Teck Zhi and Soong Joo Ven spearheading the squad.
They will be joined by Lim Chi Wing and Cheam June Wei.
The 18-year-old Joo Ven, who was a first-round casualty last year, believes that the boys’ team are quite complete and will be a serious threat.
“It’s good that Teck Zhi is in form because it makes the whole team stronger,” said Joo Ven.
“Now we have at least two players of different styles who can challenge for the title.
“That said, it will still be a very tough tournament this year because the competitors are all very strong.”
In the boys’ doubles, the challenge will fall on the shoulders of Darren Isaac Devadass-Ong Yew Sin, Chua Keh Yeap-Mohd Amzzar Zainuddin and Woon Mun Choon-Chua Khek Wei.
The World Juniors squad
Boys’ Singles: Soo Teck Zhi, Soong Joo Ven, Lim Chi Wing, Cheam June Wei.
Boys’ Doubles: Darren Isaac Devadass-Ong Yew Sin, Chua Keh Yeap-Mohd Amzzar Zainuddin, Woon Mun Choon-Chua Khek Wei.
Girls’ Singles: Goh Jin Wei, Ho Yen Mei, S. Kisona, Lee Ying Ying.
Girls’ Doubles: Joyce Choong-Yap Cheng Wen, Chin Kah Mun-Ti Wei Chyi, Goh Yea Ching-Peck Yen Wei.
Mixed Doubles: Chua Khek Wei-Yap Cheng Wen, Ong Yew Sin-Joyce Choong, Chua Keh Yeap-Chin Kah Mun.