National track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang, whose guile and tremendous fighting spirit have made him an inspirational figure in the sport, spared a moment to share his experiences with the next generation of Malaysian riders recently.
Azizulhasni, who is based in Melbourne, invited a group of eight Under-19 and Under-17 riders from the Junior Cycling Malaysia programme to his home for a meal on Monday.
The young riders are currently on a three-week competition-cum-training stint in Australia, thanks to CIMB Foundation.
The Olympic bronze medallist and former world keirin champion reminded them of the hard work it takes to be a champion.
“I took the opportunity to give them a pep talk and shared the experiences I have gained throughout my career,” said Azizulhasni.
“I also gave them tips on how to become a world-class athlete and answered questions they had. Hopefully, this will benefit them in some way.
“I hope they will remember my advice. It is not easy to succeed but it is not hard to fail.”
Azizulhasni is currently on the road to recovery after suffering a heavy crash at the Brisbane leg of the World Cup Series earlier this month.