Tuesday, 18 November 2014

New Swim Apps on iPhone - SwimSync

SwimSync is free for download into your iPhone

Hi there,

Parents and swimmers may wish to know that there's a new iPhone app called 'swimsync' developed very recently in Australia which can be used for storing your swim results. Here, we're not talking about one swimmer's results but you can record PBs of multiple swimmers, either that of your own club members, your few swimming children, peers or even your competitors for comparison! There's no limit on the number of swimmers you can key in.

Swimsync enables users to store swim times, graph results, save times directly from the in-built stopwatch and see all statistics from each swim including lap splits. Swimmers will be able to track their progress and enjoy watching their times improve. They can even view all their personal best times in one screen - no more searching for where and when the times were swum!

Swimsync saves all swim times from pool or open water races. You can chart swimmers’ progress, instantly view all personal best times, set goals, compare swimmers and organize swim meets.

Download for free now on your iPhone at https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/swimsync/id936533489?mt=8

There is also a ad-free version available for download for only US$0.99 at the moment.

See http://www.swimsync.com.au/

So, down wait. Try it out!

Best Regards,
IBSC Swim Committee

Sunday, 16 November 2014

IBSC Team Briefing for President Cup 2014

Dear IBSC members,

Kindly be informed that a team briefing for IBSC swimmers on the 33rd National Inter-Club Swimming Championship 2014 for the President Cup will be held as follows :-

Date : 25 November, 2014 (Tuesday)
Time : 8:30 pm (after training)
Venue : Bandar Tun Razak Swimming Pool

All registered participants are encouraged to attend the briefing especially the junior swimmers who are entering the swim competition for the first time.

The following will be distributed during the briefing :
a) Attire package consisting of backpacks, T-shirts, gym shorts & swim cap;
b) School Leave Letters for those needing them.

Your attendance is appreciated.

Thank you.

Nancy Sim
Hon. Secretary cum Team Manager

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Midget team made an impressive outing to Gunung Keriang, Kedah

IBSC had never sent any swim team to the Kedah International Swimming Meet even though in the past, few individual swimmers have participated in the meet under their school banners.

This year in 2014, we were pleasantly surprised with the encouraging response from 20 swimmers and decided to form a team under IBSC. Out of the total of 20 swimmers, 6 were very young beginners while the rest have some fair bit of swim experience. Some key swimmers were expected to deliver some medals to the club.

As the team is small, no coaches accompanied the squad.  Instead 2 senior swimmers, Desmond Ng and Yap Li Wen, were appointed as swim captains to lead the warm-up sessions and guide the boys and girls accordingly. This provided an opportunity to groom these seniors as leaders as well as to impart some responsibilities to them during the swim meet.

Some of the swimmers flew up North with their parents while others prefer to drive to enjoy the greeneries. The self-driving gave the family the opportunity to treat the outing as a holiday cum swim meet trip. Along the way, they also had the opportunity to savour  breakfast and lunches at popular stops before arriving at the destination.

We arrived at Fuller Hotel, Alor Star on the eve of competition at various hours from afternoon till late at night. Dinner arrangement was on our own as arrival time was uncertain and the availability of numerous eateries near the hotel vicinity. The group was small and fragmented, hence we made our own arrangement for breakfast the next day. Most had Dim Sum which was a good 2 minutes walk, thereafter we made our way to the pool at 6.45am.

The Gunung Keriang Aquatic is unique as the venue has no address and it is located next to Guning Keriang surrounded by paddy fields. The famous landmarks within its vicinity are the Gunung Keriang and Paddy Museum. The journey from the hotel takes about 20 minutes but it can take much longer if you make a wrong turn!!!!

Gunung Keriang stadium fenced with beautiful natural surroundings and green paddy fields

This year’s meet in Kedah attracted 21 swim teams with a record of 509 swimmers. The meet was organised by the Persatuan Amatur Renang Kedah on 1-2 November, 2014. Most of the famous Penang swim clubs participated together with other clubs from Perak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan, Malacca, Johor as well as one foreign team from India (Madras Swimming Team).

On day 1, we had a decent start when Anson Chew delivered a bronze in the opening event of 200m Open Boys Freestyle and followed with string of medals scooped by Li Wen, Yi Xuan, Zachary, Zhen Yi, Ken Ji and Desmond. Penang Swimming Club was always matching us in the medal haul and by the end of day 1 led all the other teams with their stronger contingent.

We had a promising start on the 2nd day with 4 gold medals (Desmond, Li Wen, Zhen Yi and Ken Ji) out of the first 5 events. By end of 2nd day, we managed to collect 13 gold summing up a total of 21 gold, 9 silver and 16 bronze for the Kedah outing. IBSC swimmers renewed some meet records and they were broken by Desmond (50m & 200m breast) and Zhen Yi (100m free & fly).  Overall it is a splendid achievement by IBSC with only a midget team.

IBSC Swimmer
Meet Records
Yeong Zhen Yi

Low Ken Ji

Yap Li Wen

Desmond Ng
Zachary Lim

Ng Yi Xuan

Anson Chew

Asley Chow

Girls Relay Team : Alia Salleh, Liew Shue Yuen, Nuraina Naziha, Yap Li Wen


Penang Swimming Club with a total of 46 of their top swimmers emerged as the overall champion followed by IBSC and Chinese Swimming Club.

See Full Results here.

The support and cooperation rendered by parents were simply superb. Appreciation goes to parents who chipped into buying breakfast, snacks, bananas and assisting whatever way they could during this away meet.

Thank you for the support and congrats to the swimmers. We may return with a more significant contingent in 2015.

Reported by,
Vincent Low, Team Manager

See more photos at IBSC Gallery

Ken Ji with his golden haul of 6 gold
Zhen Yi's medal and souvenirs collection to be cherished

* photos courtesy of IBSC parents

Saturday, 1 November 2014

IBSC Year End Party 2014

Read more here.

Yeong Zhen Yi, a promising athlete in the making

Yeong Zhen Yi is set to be a strong iron girl in the future as she has been championing many swimming and triathlon races since last year at a tender age of 9.

IBSC is fortunate to have Zhen Yi contributing top points to the club. So far, she has been the Overall Best Girl not only in swimming but also in her running and tri competitions. You will be amazed to see her list of achievements.

Zhen Yi, lanky for her age, joined IBSC mid of 2012 and has been training under Coach Zoe for merely 3 months before she was hand-picked by PRAKL former coach, Coach He Tinglan to train under the KL Junior Squad. Under her tutelage, she picked up her swimming skill pretty fast and quickly collected a bronze in 100m breaststroke in 2013 PRAKL Age Group  Swimming Championship.

Even though winning many open water races, Zhen Yi has eerie feelings on the possibility of being beaten by jelly fish. So she prefers swimming in the calm pool instead.  

Recently, Zhen Yi also received an Excellence Award in Aquatic awarded by the Education Department in the District of Hulu Langat.

Yi-Yi, as fondly called by her father, loves savouring spaghetti and she adores singing during her free time. Her favourite singer is Taylor Swift. A promising athlete, Zhen Yi hopes to be able to excel further to participate in Olympic swimming one day.

IBSC wishes her all the best!

Zhen Yi with proud father Mr TK Yeong during the
3rd Selangor ARENA Short Course presentation


Name : Yeong Zhen Yi
Date of Birth : 10 February, 2003
Age : 11 years old
Zodiac Sign : Aquarius
School : SJK(C) Batu Sebelas Cheras
IBSC Member since : July 2012
Core stroke : Breaststroke
Hobby : Singing
Favourite Food : Spaghetti
Ambition : Olympic swimmer

Swimming Achievements :
3rd Selangor Arena Short Course Sprint Swimming Championship 2014 (Best Girl for U10 Girls)
MSSS Swimming Championship 2014 (Best Girl for 11-12 years Girls)

Bilathon/Triathlon Achievements :
Singapore Aquathlon 2014 (Champion for U12 Girls)
DSA Blue Fantasy Carnival/Biathlon 2013 (Champion for U10 Girls)
Port Dickson International Triathlon 2013 (Champion for Kids Triathlon U10 Girls)
Australia International School Triathlon 2013 (Champion for U12 Girls)
NEXUS International School Triathlon 2013 (Champion for U12 Girls)
The Alice Smith School Triathlon 2013 (Champion for U10 Girls)
Port Dickson International Triathlon 2012 (Champion for Kids Triathlon U9 Girls)

Athletic Achievements :
Giant Kids Run 2014 (Champion for Girls 9-10 years)
Giant Kids Run 2013 (Champion for Girls 9-10 years)

Read related press article on Zhen Yi :

Leading girl in Giant Kids Run

Zhen Yi championing the  Nexus Trilathon 
Zhen Yi dashing into the sea during Singapore Aquathlon in Sept 2014

Zhen Yi won the overall champion for U12 girls  

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Happy Deepavali 2014

IBSC wishes all Hindus a very Happy Deepavali 2014. May the festival of lights enlighten your paths and spirits.

See change of training schedule here.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

The Star : National swimming body hail timely financial injection


PETALING JAYA: The Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) has hailed the timely inclusion of swimming as one of the six core sports to be improved urgently under new national budget announcement.

Its secretary-general Edwin Chong revealed that the standard of our national swimmers have declined so severely that Malaysia is even in danger of not winning a single gold when the country hosts the 2017 SEA Games.

But now, he believes that by having enough resources, it will be able to revive Malaysian swimming’s glory days - just as how they enjoyed in the 90s.

“I would really like to thank the minister for including swimming as one of the six sports in the first phase, it’s just timely” said Edwin.

“We have sat down for long meetings with YB Khairy (Jamaluddin) during the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Incheon Asian Games recently, and he has assured us financial backing is on the way.

“Asum is really in dire need of financial assistance. The decline of our swimmers have also resulted in less allocation, hence there is nothing much we can do about.

“We were once a dominant force in South East Asia in the 90s, then we have a huge pool of great swimmers such as Lim Keng Liat, Elvin Chia, Anthony Ang, Allen Ong and Siow Yi Ting.

“There was at least a reliable specialist in each of the discipline. We have Keng Liat for backstroke, Elvin for breaststroke, ‘butterfly king’ Anthony and Allen as our freestyle specialist.

“But now, we struggle even in the SEA region itself. If the situation doesn’t improve, I’m afraid we won’t be able to challenge for even one gold from a total of 38 contested in 2017 SEA Games. That’s how bad it is.”

Edwin has also stressed on the importance of continuing sending our swimmers to study and train in the United States, as well as roping more foreign coaches to be placed in all the states.

“With enough funding, we may be able to send our swimmers to the States again just like those days,” explained Edwin.

“Singapore is actually doing what we have done in the past, and now they are able to groom a world class swimmer in Joseph Schooling who won the gold (in 100m butterfly) in Incheon recently.

“Didn’t we once had Keng Liat, who trains in the States, as the Asian Games gold medallist too when he won (100m backstroke) in 1998 Bangkok. Elvin and Yi Ting were among those who also trained in US.

“We will also need to bring in more foreign coaches and place them in the states to oversee the swimming programme and identify talents there. Singapore currently have a strength of 10 foreign experts in its coaching staff.

“We need the states to be the national squad feeder, unlike the present where all are concentrated only in national centralised training.

“It’s not that the states do not have their development programme at the moment, but their goals are just for the sake of Sukma, and nothing beyond that.”

Lim Keng Liat was one of Malaysia's best swimmers, winning Asiad gold in the backstroke event in Bangkok in 1998. - Filepic

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

33rd President Cup 2014

Please note that the 33rd National Inter-Club Swimming Championship 2014 for the President Cup will be held as follows :-

Venue : Bukit Jalil Aquatic Centre, Kuala Lumpur
Dates : 28 - 30 November, 2014 (Fri - Sun)
Time : Starts at 8:00 am. each day
Date of Reckoning : 1 January, 2014
Rules : FINA Rules apply
Organiser : Persatuan Renang Amatur Kuala Lumpur (PRAKL)
Closing Date : 3 November, 2014 @ 4:00 pm.

The Quatifying Times set are tabulated below.

Order of Events :

(Boys and Girls)
Group 4, 3, 2, 1, Open
Group 4, 3, 2, 1, Open
Group 4, 3, 2, 1, Open
Freestyle relay

Please download the Info Package on President Cup 2014.

For IBSC swimmers, kindly download the IBSC Entry Form and submit to the Secretariat latest by 20 Oct, 2014 (latest update).

For your reference, you can view last year's results for the President Cup 2013.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

The Star : Kevin clocks personal best in 1,500m freestyle race


INCHEON: When you’re up against Chinese swimming giant Sun Yang, you’re almost fighting a losing battle. But Kevin Yeap used the two-time Olympic champion as inspiration to clock a personal best time in the men’s 1,500m freestyle at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre on Friday.

The Ipoh-born Kevin finished sixth in the evening’s faster heat (considered the final) in 15:31.67, beating his own best mark of 15:32.51 achieved at the Malaysian Open in Bukit Jalil two years ago.

The 1.98m Sun Yang romped to victory in 14:49.75 to complete a double sweep of the middle and long distance titles. Earlier, the Chinese superstar had won the 400m freestyle on Tuesday.

Kohei Yamamoto of Japan took the silver in 14:54.86 while Wang Kecheng of China clocked 15:06.73 to grab the bronze.

South Korean Park Tae-hwan could only finish fourth in 15:12.15.

In the women’s 50m freestyle, Chui Lai Kwan was placed 12th overall after clocking 26.39 in her heat in the morning.

Vietnamese sensation Nguyen Thi Anh Vien ended her Asiad debut on a high.

The 17-year-old clocked 2:12.25 in the 200m backstroke to grab the bronze behind Akase Sayaka of Japan (2:10.31) and Chen Jie of China (2:10.53).

On Tuesday, Anh Vien came out third in the 400m individual medley.

Friday, 26 September 2014

The Star : Cai Lin dethroned as South East Asia's best

INCHEON: Khoo Cai Lin lost her status as South-East Asia’s fastest long distance female swimmer after placing seventh in the 800m freestyle event at the Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre.

Cai Lin, last year’s Myanmar SEA Games champion, could only manage to clock 8:53.51. Sarisa Suwannachet of Thailand took over the mantle by clocking 8:43.00 to finish fifth.

In the men’s 100m freestyle, 17-year-old Alywn Tan clocked 51.47 to be placed 15th overall.

Kevin Yeap and Welson Sim will compete in the 1,500m freestyle today, the last day of the swimming competition.

Joseph Schooling of Singapore, meanwhile, continued to be the pride of South-East Asia as he splashed to a silver in the men’s 50m butterfly yesterday. He clocked 23.70.

It was the third medal in Incheon for the 19-year-old, who is based in the United States.

He stormed to the gold in the 100m butterfly on Wednesday. Earlier, he took the bronze in the 200m butterfly.

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