Many in the Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union (MAAU) and the National Sports Council (NSC) would remember Daniel St Hilaire.
The Canadian was Watson Nyambek's coach until 1997 when the former was sacked. He was succeeded by the all too powerful Datuk Paduka Dr Mumtaz Begum Jaffar, now the MAAU vice-president and also the chairman of the National Athletes Welfare Foundation (YAKEB). Watson's career reached his apex with a second place in the Asian Championship in Fukuoka in 1998 but slipped into oblivion after a poor Sydney Olympics and the SEA Games in 2001.
Back in Montreal, St Hilaire has discovered an unpolished gem. It will be a coup of sorts if St Hilaire manages to transform a slam dunk specialist into a world-class high jumper in time for the London Olympics in 2012. Read here.