A fitting tribute to an Icon

It was an emotional moment at the OCM Sports Museum on Friday afternoon.

A sombre atmosphere engulfed those present when former international K. Maheswari reflected on how a book on Daphne Boudville cane about.

The many guests, some of them household names, plus women Hockey players from 1965 onwards could not hold back tears as Mahes broke down in explaining the wishes of Daphne, a triple international who brought much glory to the nation.

Daphne was the one and only triple international, excelling in hockey, Football and athletics, representing Malaysia at the international stage.

And fittingly the 160 pages book, that contained messages , photos and newspaper clippings articulating Daphne’s journey in sports was aptly launched by her 1982 Asian Games Bronze Medal winning team manager Tok Puan Zainon and her team maters led by skipper Mary Soo and Mahes.

The book was later presented to sponsors in the likes of George Koshy, Dato Ow Soon Koi, Dato Seri Pulendran, Puan Norizan as the other two Dato Manjit Majid and Dato Seri Surinder Singh were indisposed ,

The above debated RM1,000 and above with some 50 odd others contributed towards the production of the book.

Amongst the notable personalities present at the function were OCM Secretary General Dato Nazifuddin, Treasurer Ahmad Feisal, 1975 World Cupper Dato Poon Fook Loke, Former national coach Dato R. Yogeswaran, MP Haridass. MAKAF Secretary Dato Nur Azmi Ahmad, Adamas Director General Dato Dr. Ramona Abdul Aziz, Former MHF Secretary Dato G. Vijinathan, Former MWHA Secretary Madam Parkiam Lingam and current national u23 coach Dato Ong Kim Swee.

Representatives from national sports associations in which Daphne excelled, Dato Karim Ibrahim ( MAF), Dato Siva Sundram ( FAM) and Satish Kumar ( MHC) we’re also presented with The Icon Book.

A total of 150 copies of the books were printed and besides those present at the function taking home a copy, there are plans to send a copy of the book to the following Hockey playing schools, Each state had one sports school – 14, Bandar, Penawar Sports School. Bukit Jalil Sports School, Melaka High School, St Francis Institution , St John’s, TBSS Tampin, St Paul Institution Seremban, KGV Seremban, King Edward Taiping, SMK Padang Midin Terengganu, SMK Pengkalan Chepa Kelantan, SMK Bentara Luar Batu Pahat, English College JB, Anderson Ipoh, Penang Free School, SFI Penang, SMK Dato Taha Gemencheh, La Salle Klang, Convent Seremban, Bukit Nenas Convent ? SMK Faris Petra Kelantan, MCKK.

A copy will also be extended to Sports Minister

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Guests had the opportunity to walk through an exhibition and also see the various collections at the OCM Sports Museum.

The original scrap books of Daphne were presented to Nazifuddin and Feisal to be placed at the OCM Sports Museum.

The entire fiction was privately handled with contributions from sponsors and former players to make the dream of Daphne’s journey outlined in a book so that others could read about her exploits.

The sad thing is that due to certain personalities, the 1982 Asiad Bronze Winning Squad was never inducted into the OCM Hall of Fame.