Wednesday, 4 March 2015

KL Contingent to MSSM 2015

Congrats to all swimmers who have made their cut to MSSM 2015 scheduled in Shah Alam on 15-19 March, 2015.

IBSC members who made it to the list for the annual swimming championship are :

Tan Rou Ying (KL Overall Girls Champ)
Asley Chow Jia Qian
Karla Lim Kay Yee
Lee Chee Shian
Ng Zi Syuen
Nurlatifa Zahra bt. Md Fuad
Yap Li Wen
Zoe Bowden

Lim Hong Sern Zachary (KL Overall Boys Champ)
Anson Chew Chee Ming (Boys U15 Champ)
Howard Sim (Boys U18 Champ)
Adam Afif b. Faizal
Afiq Imran b. Masron
Goh Wai Hou
Iqmal Muqhis b. Faizal
Kevin Lim Kit Min
Low Ken Ji
Nicolas Sia Xian Rong
Jason Ng Yew Soon
Wong Wei Xuan
Sharizan Shazali
Steve Khiew Hoe Yean

The chronological events for the forthcoming MSSM together with the order of events can be downloaded here.

Parents and swimmers are to note that the team briefing for the KL contingent shall be held as follows :

Date : 11 March, 2015 (Wed)
Time : 11:00 am
Venue : SMK Cochrane

Meanwhile, the final results of MSSWP 2015 have also been released as tabulated below.

Congrats to the achievers above. Swim faster and make KUALA LUMPUR proud!

The Star : National Sportsboy Welson eyes golden splash in SEA Games


PUTRAJAYA: A buoyant Welson Sim has set his sights on bagging two gold medals at the upcoming SEA Games after being crowned the National Sportsboy at the Ministry of Education (MOE)-Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM)-Milo Sports Awards 2014.

National swimmer Welsom Sim is all smiles after receiving the National Sportsboy trophy during the Ministry of Education (MOE)-Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM)-Milo Sports Awards ceremony on Tuesday.

The 17-year-old swimmer, who has been in sensational form since joining the national team in 2013, was rewarded for his outstanding performances in local and overseas competitions.

Welson bagged three gold medals during last year’s Perlis Sukma (Malaysia Games) and at the Asean Schools Games in Palembang.

He now aims to improve his tally of two silvers (4x100m and 4x200m freestyle) and one bronze (1,500m freestyle) during his SEA Games debut in Myanmar in 2013.

Welson, who specialises in the freestyle, is targeting a personal glory in the 400m freestyle and hopes to make it a grand double by teaming up with his team-mates to snatch the 4x200m freestyle relay title from hosts and arch-rivals Singapore.

“I couldn’t have wished for a better start this year ... a great outing in my first competition of the year at the New South Wales State Open Championships (ended on Sunday) and today, I received this prestigious award, arguably the biggest recognition you could earn at junior level,” said the jubilant Welson after receiving the award from the Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Tuesday.

“This award will certainly boost my confidence as I prepare for the Games in June.

“It will be my second Games appearance and I believe two golds are within reach.

“I’m feeling really good and confident with my pace at the moment, particularly, in the 200m and 400m distance where I qualified for two ‘B finals’ in Australia last week.

And it will be a matter of time before Welson dips below 1:51 for the 200m which will set him closer to Daniel Bego’s 1:49.22 national mark.

At the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre last week, Welson posted a personal best of 1:51.10, beating his previous record of 1:51.90.

Diving prodigy Nur Dhabitah Sabri made it a memorable day for aquatics by scooping the National Sportsgirl award, thus making it yet another clean sweep for aquatics in the second successive year.

Diver Mohd Nazreen Abdullah and swimmer Yap Siew Hui won the Sportsboy and Sportsgirl awards respectively in 2013.

Dhabitah, however, was not present at the ceremony as she is currently undergoing centralised training with the diving team in China. Her mother Fazidah Jaafar, who is an officer with the MOE received the award on her behalf.

Dhabitah’s fine season in 2014 was highlighted by a third placed finish in the 10m platform synchro with Pandelela Rinong at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and claiming the 3m springboard synchro title with Wendy Ng in the Kuala Lumpur leg of the FINA World Grand Prix.



Sportsboy: Welson Sim Wee Sheng (swimming)

Sportsgirl: Nur Dhabitah Sabri (diving)


Boy: Kiven Shanmugam (squash)

Girl: Noor Ainaa Amani Ampandi (squash)


Boy: Muhd Syamil Hafiy Md Adnan (taekwondo)

Girl: Loh Ying Ting (wushu)


Boy: Abdul Latif Romly (Paragames track and field)

Girl: Felicia Mikat (Paragames track and field)


Datuk Mazlan Ahmad


Ting Siew Nguong (track and field)

Chang Siang Cheng (track and field)


Mustafa Kamal Ali (track and field)

Read Star Online 

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

The Star : No splash from Cai Lin and Co at Aussie swim meet


PETALING JAYA: Things are looking pretty bleak for swimmer Khoo Cai Lin.

Judging by her recent performances, the 26-year-old can forget about extending her gold medal-winning streak at the SEA Games for a fifth straight time.

National woman swimmer Khoo Cai Lin in action during the 400m freestyle race at the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games. - Filepic

Cai Lin produced one of her worst performances in recent years when she could only clock a disastrous 4:28.65 and 9:14.62 in the 400m and 800m freestyles respectively in the New South Wales State Open Championships, which ended on Sunday.

She failed to qualify for the finals in both events in the highly competitive three-day meet at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.

The two-time Olympian holds the 400m (4:10.75) and 800m (8:45.36) freestyle national records – both set in the 2009 Laos Games with the assistance of the now-banned hi-tech swimsuit.

Cai Lin, who is set to make her seventh SEA Games appearance in Singapore in June, has never failed to return with at least a gold medal from her last four outings, bagging five gold medals in the process – including a memorable double at the Korat Games in 2007.

At 26, Cai Lin faces an uphill battle to swim as fast as – if not faster than – she used to.

The last time she clocked below 8:50 in the 800m freestyle was at the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games. She was down with fever the day before the event but showed true grit to clock 8:49.51 for the gold medal.

Sadly, she has never dipped below the 8:50 mark in any official meet since.

But she’s determined to prove her critics wrong.

“I posted a poor time in the 800m free (on day one of the New South Wales competition on Friday) because it was held 10 minutes after I had raced in the 400m individual medley,” explained Cai Lin on Monday.

“But yes, I should have done better in the 400m free.

“I hope to do well in my seventh SEA Games ... and try to defend my 800m title in Singapore.

“I’m not going to throw in the towel ... just yet. I still feel there’s so much I can achieve, especially with the Rio de Janeiro Olympics looming in 2016.

“I also believe I can break my own six-year-old national records in the 400m and 800m freestyle.”

Several other senior members of the national swimming team – like Daniel Bego and Kevin Yeap – also failed to make their mark in their first competitive outing of the year.

Malaysia sent 26 swimmers to the prestigious meet in New South Wales. The meet also featured some of Australia’s top swimmers, including world champion James Magnussen and Glasgow Commonwealth Games triple gold medallist Emma McKeon.

Read from Star Online.

Friday, 27 February 2015

The Star : Swimming needs better facilities at lower level


KUALA LUMPUR: Swimming may not be able to make a huge splash as one of the main sports Malaysia if it is not supported with good facilities at the grassroots level.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had recently identified swimming as one of the four core sports which should focus on their development programmes.

The others are cycling, badminton and athletics.

These four sports have not been producing fresh talents for the country and there is an urgent need to form a wider base.

Malaysia also did not have a great outing at the 2013 Sea Games in Myanmar, when the national swimmers only managed to bring home four gold medals, four silvers and three bronzes.

Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) secretary general Datuk Sieh Kok Chi said that it would be worth investing in swimming “but it’ll take a great will to do it”.

“Swimming offers 38 gold medals (at the SEA Games). An outstanding swimmer can single-handedly win five to six gold medals.

Former international Nurul Huda Abdullah used to be multiple medal winner.

“She won seven gold medals in each of the three SEA Games she competed in from 1985 to 1989,” said Kok Chi.

“To achieve that, we must have proper facilities.

“The number one focus should be having ample swimming pools, followed by producing qualified swimming instructors and coaches and organising competitions.”

Kok Chi said that facilities for swimming in schools and rural areas were not up to the mark.

“There are just too few swimming pools to produce a wide base of swimmers to build a strong national team like in Singapore and Hong Kong,” said Kok Chi, who admitted that the huge cost involved in building pools could prove to be a deterrent.

“But smaller pools are not really expensive,” he pointed out.

“In Victoria Institution (VI), I learnt swimming in a smaller pool (25m x15m) but this school has produced many national swimmers and water-polo players.

“It is workable in schools too.

“We can also look at partnerships with condominiun owners to conduct classes for the younger ones. There are also mobile pools that we can look into.”

Kok Chi said that Malaysia can emulate other countries with successful models.

“Hong Kong and Singapore have done well.

“China, Thailand and Vietnam have also improved. Australia, the United States and Japan have good development programmes. Japan has a long tradition and history of challenging the western swimming powers and we, probably, can follow them,” said Kok Chi.

Read Star Online

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Change of Training Schedule

Dear IBSC Members,

Kindly note that due to the faulty pumps, Cheras pool is still not operational. As such the training schedules are changed as follows :

Pre-Comp Classes Cancellation

The pre-comp classes are cancelled on 25-27 Feb, 2015 (Wed - Fri).

Regular Training

Regular swim classes under Coach Shazali & Coach Kamal shall be changed as follows :

Venue : Pusat Kecemerlangan Sukan Paralimpik, Kg. Pandan, Kuala Lumpur
Dates : 25 -27 Feb, 2015
Time : 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Thank you for your understanding.

Swim Committee

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

NAG 2015 KL Swim Team

Following the conclusion of the KL Age Group Swimming Championship on 2 February 2015, eligible swimmers have been identified to represent the Kuala Lumpur Swim Team. These KL swimmers will be able to participate in the forth-coming 51st MILO/PRAM National Age-Group Swimming Championships 2015 scheduled to be held at Bukit Jalil Aquatic Complex, Kuala Lumpur on 24 - 26 April 2015.

Congratulations to the IBSC swimmers who have made it to the NAG 2015 KL Swim Team. See the full list of the KL Swim Team 2015 here.

Please contact Ms Cyrena Yong or Mr Wong Kam Yuen, the KL Swim Team Managers for your  entries. Deadline for acceptance/entries is 6 March 2015.

See more details of 51st NAG 2015.

Good Luck!

Sunday, 15 February 2015

51st MILO/PRAM Malaysia Invitational Age Group Swimming Championships 2015

Please note that the 51st MILO/PRAM Malaysia Invitational Age Group Swimming Championships 2015 will be held as follows :-

:  24 to 26 April, 2015 (Fri-Sun)
:  National Aquatic Centre, Bukit Jalil, K.L.
:  Association of Swimming Union Malaysia (ASUM)
:  FINA Rules Apply
Competition Format     
:  Timed Finals basis
Age of Reckoning
:  As of 1 January 2015
:  No limit to the number of swimmers per event
Closing Date
:  5.00 pm on 27 March, 2015

As with last year's format, the competition is divided into 2 categories, for which swimmers will be awarded separately :

(i)  Malaysia Invitational Age Group (MAG Open) and
(ii) Malaysia Age Group Closed (MAG Closed) - for Malaysians only

Please note that foreigners residing in Malaysia must compete in MAG Open. Kindly indicate citizenship status should you intend to compete in MAG Closed.

This competition has also been sanctioned by FINA as the qualifying event for the  FINA World Championship 2015 in Kazan.

The Order of Events are as follows :

See more details of 51st MAG 2014.

Friday, 13 February 2015

MSSWP Day 2 ended with no award presentation

The school kids at MSSWP KL meet were all awesome, having to endure the heat into the second day of swimming competition at Bandar Tun Razak pool and yet performed so well.

The IBSC swimmers continued their strength to swim all their might, some for the very first time, but that did not deter them for jumping into the pool to race against time to clock some new PBs.

Winners deserve praises and applause after swimming hard to grab the top positions even though it's disappointing to be informed by the organiser that no medals or certificates could be awarded as yet at the end of the meet.

Nevertheless the swimmers and parents are proud of their kids' achievements at the inter-school meet. Congratulations to the following top IBSC swimmers who represented their schools in the swim meet :-

Group 1 Girls
Tan Rou Ying (SAB)
Yap Li Wen (GIS)
Zoe Bowden (GIS)
Lee Chee Shian (SAB)
Farra Dyana (SAB)
Amanda Nunis (SAB)

Group 1 Boys
Howard Sim (GIS)
Afiq Imran (SMKVI)
Adam Afif (SAB)
Goh Wai Hou (SMKTC)
Kevin Lim (SMKTC)
Eu Joo Ying (SMKVI) 

Group 2 Girls
Karla Lim (SMKTC)
Nurlatifa Zahra (TIS)
Alia Salleh (SMKSH)
Nuraina Naziha (SAB)

Group 2 Boys
Anson Chew (SJIS)
Iqmal Muqhis (SAB)
Nicolas Sia (TIS)
Low Ken Ji (SJIS)
Steve Khiew (SMKVI)
Neo Xue Wen (SMW)
Jackson Khiew (SMKVI)
Ng Kai Wen (SMPCH)

Group 3 Girls
Sadie Gordon (TASS)
Asley Chow (TIS)
Ng Zi Syuen (JKCMY)


Group 3 Boys
Zachary Lim (JKCK1)
Sharizan Shazali (SKTM1)
Jason Ng (JKCTC)
Wong Wei Xuan (JKCTC)


Group 4 Girls
Chelsea Lee (JKCCK)
Law Li Wei (GIS)
Teo Sze Hui (SRKC2)

Group 4 Boys
Ng Yi Xuan (JKCJD)
Teo Zun Jet (SRKC2)


The Full Results of MSSWP 2015 can be viewed and downloaded from the Results Page.

Selected top swimmers will be picked by the MSSWP Technical Committee to represent the KL State at the national level MSSM Swimming Championship 2015 scheduled to be held on 15-19 March, 2015 at Shah Alam.

Some of the actions at the pool can be viewed below.

See more photos at IBSC Gallery

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

MSSWP 2015 kicked start with some hick-up

Today is the start of the MSSWP Swimming Championship 2015 with the participation of 65 schools around the Federal Territory. The annual meet is on-going at Kompleks Renang Kuala Lumpur at Bandar Tun Razak from 10-11 February, 2015.

IBSC swimmers representing their own schools take active part in the competition with most showing promising results and improvements on day 1, even though within such short span from the PRAKL Age Group Swimming Championship 2015 which has just concluded last week.

The swim meet could have progressed even smoother if not for some hick-up in the reckoning of certain age groups. Hopefully the organiser will take action to rectify discrepancies that have arisen.

Results of the Day 1 of MSSWP 2015 can be downloaded from the here.

Enjoy some snap shots below.

More photos at IBSC Gallery

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