Sheik Alau’ddin Bin Yacoob Marican
There are many words to describe Sheik Alau’ddin: talented athlete, gold medallist, technical director and a three-time winner of the Coach of the Year Award. With exception of Dr. Chan Ah Kow in swimming, no other coach has claimed the title as many times. Sheik Alau’ddin is ranked as one of Singapore’s 50 greatest athletes.
The titles and the prestige seem a lifetime away from the days when Sheik Alau’ddin had to hold down several jobs to support his family and his training in silat. In fact, he became an assistant instructor in silat long before he reached his competitive peak. Sheik won his first National Individual Championship in 1985 and then struggled with illness and disappointment until the 1989 South East Asian Games when he won a silver medal.
From that point on, he built on victory after victory. In 1990 Sheik triumphed at the International Malaysia Open Championships and the Pencak Silat World Invitational Championships. He won consecutive gold medals between 1991 and 1999 at the SEA Games.
To add to his collection of golds in the SEA Games, Sheik took first place in four further competitions; the 1992 International Thailand Open Championships, the 1994 Pencak Silat World Invitational Championships, the 1996 Malaysia National Championships and the International Philippines Open Championships in 1999. In the 1996 Pencak Silat World Invitational Championships, Sheik had to be content with third place.
Thanks to an illustrious career that saw him developing young athletes even as he continued to compete, Sheik was recognized with the Singapore National Youth Award in 1997. He continues to give back to the sport by sharing his wealth of experience with the Silat champions in Singapore’s future.