#sundaystorytime S.A.M 2015 was the 2nd powerlifting meet organized by MPA in Malaysia at that time. Being fresh and new as the first platform for powerlifting comps, frankly we weren't even sure of what we were doing. We were running the comps at a loss on our own expense and operationally it was chaos. We had to organize, set up, brief, judge, spot, load and make sure everything ran smoothly. The first two and two more comps to come, we set up the night before and went straight through to the comp without sleeping. Just before S.A.M started, we were not convince ourselves if we wanted to make it to comp no.3.
But this is where @faisalhafil comes in and changes all of that. On the morning of Day 1 for S.A.M, a figure appears quite early before the crowd arrives to register and introduces himself as Faisal. All he mentioned was that he was from Perlis. He went through the motion and performed fairly well considering it was his first time. After the comp, I managed to speak to him just before he left and that was when I learnt that he rode his bike for 9 hours all the way from Perlis, reached, competed and now just about to ride back to Perlis! At that instance, we knew what MPA stood for, and the importance of having a platform to compete. Today, 3 years later, we will have the honor of welcoming Faisal back on to the platform this coming S.A.M 17. Thank you for inspiring all of us with your motivation and dedication. Have a great week! 🙏