Thursday, 17 July 2014

Merdeka Swimathon 2014


IBSC is proud to announce that we are organising a Merdeka Swimathon 2014 jointly with Persatuan Renang Amatur Kuala Lumpur to raise funds for the club's activities especially in empowering the needy swimmers to live better through sports. Details as below :

Merdeka Swimathon 2014
31 August, 2014 (Sunday)
Kompleks Renang Kuala Lumpur
Registration of swimmers
7:00 am.
Event Starts
8:00 am. – 12:00 pm.
Any IBSC members or non-members who registered with a valid Pledge Card returned to IBSC with collection of min RM50
1.   Top 3 fund-raisers
2.   Longest distance junior swimmers (Under 12 male & female)
3.   Longest distance senior swimmers (13 and Over male & female)
4.   Certificate of participation
5.   Lucky draws
Deadline for Return of Pledge Card
16 August, 2014

So, set your record by swimming non-stop for the longest distance your stamina can stretch you and at the same time show to us that you too can chip in to bring the fund$ home. Each participant will be entitled to a goodie bag, Swimathon T-shirt, certificate of participation and a Lucky Draw.

See your coach or any of the IBSC committee members to get your Pledge Card today.  IBSC swimmers are to returned the Pledge Card together with the funds collected latest by 16 August, 2014 so that the swim events can be finalised soonest possible.

The Swimathon Pledge Card can also be downloaded here.

We look forward to your participation in this carnival event.

Meanwhile, we take this opportunity to thank the co-sponsors below for coming forward to support our Merdeka Swimathon 2014.


Monday, 7 July 2014

3rd Selangor Arena Short-Course Sprint Invitational Swimming Championship 2014

Dear IBSC Members,

Kindly be informed that IBSC has been invited to the following invitational short-course swimming meet as a Guest Club :

Invitational Event
3rd Selangor Arena Short-Course Sprint Invitational Swimming Championship
Persatuan Renang Amatur Selangor (PRAS)
Date and Time
12 – 14 September, 2014 @ 8:00 am each day
Pusat Akuatik Darul Ehsan, Shah Alam, Selangor
Championship Rules
Rules and By-Laws of FINA
Date of Reckoning
1 January, 2014
Age Group
Group 1 – 4, Open
Entry Fees
a.         Registration fee of RM20 per swimmer
b.         Individual entry fee of RM6 per event
c.         Relay team entry fee of RM24 per relay event
Closing Date
12 August, 2014
Rules for Guest Clubs
(Applicable to IBSC)
1.         Limit of entries of 20 male swimmers and 20 female swimmers
2.         Swimmers from Guest Clubs will be automatically classified under the “State swimmers” category
Competition Events
50m, 100m, 200m Freestyle
50m, 100m Breaststroke
50m, 100m Backstroke
50m, 100m Butterfly
100m, 200m Individual Medley
4x25m Freestyle Relay
4x25m Medley Relay
4x50m Mixed Freestyle Relay
4x50m Mixed Medley Relay (2 female + 2 males)

Please download Invite and Meet Information here.

Due to the above restrictions imposed on Guest Clubs, eligible IBSC swimmers will be selected by the Swim Committee to represent the Club in the above invitational meet. Short-listed swimmers will be notified in due course.

Best Regards,
IBSC Swim Committee

Latest update : List of selected swimmers have been finalised. Kindly refer to IBSC Facebook Closed Group page or the notice board.

Friday, 4 July 2014

SportExcel Grand Final - Qualifiers List

Congratulations to the Qualifiers who made a cut into the SportExcel Junior Swimming Circuit 2014, Grand Final which is scheduled to be held on 9-10 August, 2014 at Kompleks Renang Kuala Lumpur, Bandar Tun Razak.

Please note the following :

a)        Date                            : 09th – 10th August 2014
b)        Venue                         : Kompleks Renang Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Yaacob Latif,
                                                 Bandar Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur
c)        Organizer                    : Kuala Lumpur Amateur Swimming Association (PRAKL)
d)        Auspices                     : Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia
e)        Rules                          : FINA Rules Applied
f)        Age of Reckoning        : As of 1st January 2014
g)        Team Manager briefing: 8.00am, 09th August, 2014
h)        Entries                         : Only swimmers who have qualified for their respective events are
                                                  eligible to participate.                   
i)         Closing Date                : 5.00pm on Thursday, 17 July 2014.

Please download Qualifiers List and Invite here.

Lack of key swimmers not a concern to IBSC in Leg 2

On 21-22 June, 2014, the Leg 2 of the SportExcel Junior Swimming Circuit 2014 went on successfully at Stadium Hang Jebat Melaka. Team IBSC emerged as the overall champion club in Leg 2, repeating the success of being on top of the table during Leg 1. This was a real feat as some key swimmers like Goh Yue Hong, Kimberly Ong, Zachary Lim, Pun Pei Jin and some others were absent from Leg 2 and yet it did not deter IBSC from remaining the top points scorer.

IBSC collected a total of 2644 points, followed by PADE (2368 points) and Kelab Renang MSSC (1177 points) while securing 14 gold, 11 silver and 11 bronze. IBSC swimmers were in high spirit and performed competitively despite a stronger challenge from other clubs in Leg 2.

Congratulation to all IBSC swimmers for a great team work in Leg 2 and hopefully our victory can be repeated in the Grand Final.

Team IBSC ready to depart from KL to Melaka in high spirit

Sebastian Soon set the trail ablaze with 5 gold medals (50m and 100m backstroke, 50m and 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle) and was the IBSC's boy top performer for Leg 2. David Ong did not disappoint with 3 gold (50m and 100m breaststroke, 50m backstroke), 3 silver (50m butterfly, 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke) and 1 bronze (100m butterfly).

From left : Steve Khiew, Sebastian Soon and Low Ken Ji, all of whom swept the 3-coloured medals for the 100m backstroke

Iqmal Muqhis powered on despite a leg discomfort to win 2 gold (50m breast and 50m freestyle) and 2 bronze (100m breast and 100m freestyle). Desmond Ng successfully defended his gold medal and bronze medal in 100m breaststroke and 50m breaststroke respectively.

Iqmal Muqhis powering his 50m freestyle swim
Desmond Ng's powerful dive in display

Yap Li Wen emerged IBSC’s girl top performer with 2 gold medals in her pet events, 50m and 100m breaststroke. She added another bronze in 100m freestyle.

Yap Li Wen

Meanwhile, Yeong Zhen Yi added 6 more medals to her collection with 1 gold (100m breaststroke) and 5 silver (50m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 50m and 100m freestyle, and 50m breaststroke).

Yeong Zhen Yi went all out in her 100m breaststroke to win gold.

The club appreciates all point contributors below. Every effort swum by the swimmers fetched points to cement the club as the champion for Leg 2. Well done to all of them!

Overall, IBSC had a successful and enjoyable outing to Melaka for Leg 2. Credits to the Organising Committee, especially to Team Manager Puan Zainon Othman, Assistant Team Manager En Masron Mohamad, Chaperones Mrs Christine, Mrs Tharani Lee and Mr Vincent Low.

Appreciation also goes to all coaches involved in guiding and taking care of the swimmers.

We look forward to the SportExcel Grand Final which is scheduled to be held at Kompleks Renang Kuala Lumpur on 9-10 August, 2014.

See Full Results of SportExcel Leg 2 here.

See more photos at the IBSC Gallery.

Chaperon, Tharani helping reminding swimmers of their event numbers
Ng Zi Syuen, upcoming Group 4 girl
IBSC members value the bonding time together
Coach Kamal and Coach Shazali (at the background) with swimmers
Team Manager, Pn Zainon (in green) checking on the swimmers

Report by MM

Monday, 23 June 2014

Breaking News : IBSC defended championship title in SportExcel Leg 2

BRAVO to Team IBSC for defending its championship title in the SportExcel Junior Swimmig Circuit 2014, Leg 2 at the Hang Jebat Aquatic Centre in Melaka just yesterday.

The combined score for the top 25 teams as are as follows :-

More news to follow soon, so keep tuning in.

Please download Full Results from the Swim Results page.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Jun Bin grabbed 2 gold and 4 silver in 38th SEA Age Group Swimming Championship 2014

IBSC swimmers who have qualified to the 38th SEA Age Group Swimming Championship 2014 have competed their best in the championship as it was back to back right after SUKMA 2014 in Perlis. The team who travelled back from the most northern state of Malaysia has to immediately make preparation to go down south for the championship.

The annual competition for the South-East-Asia age group was held in Singapore Sports School this year from 6 - 8 June, 2014.

Singapore Sports School
Jun Bin swimming his long distance freestyle event

For the boys 14-15 years, Wong Jun Bin, a scholar in Singapore Sports School, has performed excellently well in his home pool, by winning 2 gold in the 400m IM and 1500m freestyle, whilst getting 4 silver in the events below.

IBSC Swimmer
Age Group
Wong Jun Bin
Boys 14-15
400m IM
1500m Free
400m Free
100m Fly
200m Free
200m Fly

Desmond Ng
Boys 14-15

200m Breast

Sebastian Soon
Boys U13

200m Fly

Keith Lim Kit Sern
Boys 16-18

100m Fly

Desmond Ng and Sebastian Soon each managed a silver in 200m breaststoke and 200m butterfly respectively, while Keith Lim settled for a bronze in the 100m butterfly event.

Congratulation boys, well done!

See full results here.

Wong Jun Bin
Desmond Ng (left) delighted to be awarded silver in his 200m breaststroke
Coach Shazali proud of Sebastian's silver achievement in 200m fly

View more photos at IBSC Gallery.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

My SUKMA Experience - by Ming

In SUKMA XVII, 2014 held in Perlis recently, Ong Ming Fen is the only female swimmer achieving the most medals. With 4 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze in her individual events, Ming Fen has stamped a mark of excellence in her return to swim SUKMA for the second time.

Read her story ....

I first joined IBSC back in the year 2000, when my sister, Ong Ming Xiu, joined. However I hadn’t swam anything in Malaysia until SUKMA 2012 in Pahang.

You can only imagine how nervous I was, not only because I was injured and wanted to swim well, but also because I was entering a country where people could speak multiple dialects, and I could only speak English. I remember the day before the bus left; I went to the pool to do a warm up and kept mostly to myself. I felt incredibly out of place and got out of there as fast as I could. As the week unfolded, I became more and more comfortable and opened up due to the kindness of the team. Those of you who have met me will know that I am a little quirky and inadvertently loud. I still remember on Day 3 of the meet the shock and amusement in everyone’s faces as they asked me “How come you weren’t this noisy on the first day?!”. I grew close to many swimmers and made many new friends.

Last SUKMA, I had trained hard and was well prepared. Unfortunately, two weeks before I departed Australia, I fell over running and dislocated my knee. I was devastated! Nevertheless, I came to Malaysia and raced as best I could, pushing through the pain. I ended up with 6 individual silver medals. Although I was proud to have medalled in every event I swam, I knew that if I didn’t have my knee injury I could have gotten a few gold medals and left disappointed and unsatisfied. It took me about 7 months to recover from my knee injury. In training, I was doing mostly pull and almost no dry land work. I was finally given the green light to get back into full training. One week later I was doing weights and I felt excruciating pain in my upper back between my shoulder blade and spine. This resulted in another 10 months out of full training and numerous physios could not pinpoint the actual problem. I could swim no more than 1km a session for about 7 months and again, almost no dry land exercise. FINALLY, in November my pain slowly vanished and joined back for full sessions. I knew I had little time left and that I would have to push hard to be prepared for Age Nationals and Commonwealth Games Trials in Australia. After falling sick and therefore swimming poorly in both meets, my teammates had 2 weeks off, but I only had 3 weeks until SUKMA. So I had 2 days off and started training by myself and with younger squads. Surprisingly, I was feeling quite good in the water and was posting good times in training, feeling confident I would swim close to my PBs. This year, I had less pressure but I was ready to prove myself as more than the “girl who could only get silver” as I was called by reporters.

Leading into this year’s SUKMA, I knew it was going to be close between me and some of my competitors. I had not swum a good meet for a few months, so I was unsure of where my times sat, but after disappointment two years ago, I was hungry for that gold medal. I was slightly more comfortable than the last time because I knew more people. In Australia we race indoors, so the humidity in Malaysia was another thing I had to adapt to. And not to mention, not knowing how my competitors’ races were had kept me on my toes as I didn’t know what to expect from them. I was extremely nervous on my first day, the 100m freestyle. I swam comfortably in the morning but I knew it was going to be a tough race. I went into the finals trying to keep calm but I was extremely excited, knowing that if I went under 59s I would have a good chance. When I touched the wall and looked at the board, I was so happy doing a 0.5s off my PB, achieving the first goal since SUKMA 2012. But I had to calm myself knowing that I had 400m IM shortly after. Concluding the day with three medals, I was very happy with how I had competed.

The next day, was the 200m free, the race I had been targeting. Again I was nervous, because last SUKMA I was narrowly defeated by Chris Tan. Again I had to clear my mind, and again I executed my race plan. However, I had not been expecting a 2s improvement. I was ecstatic!

In the 400m free event, I knew was going to be close between me and Angela Chieng. Her back end is amazing, so I knew I had to take it out hard and try and hold her off the last 50m. At the 300m turn I was hurting a lot and could see her close behind and in my head I didn’t think I could hold her off. After the last turn she had caught up half a body length so I thought I was done but I focused on my technique, limiting my breathing as much as I could and just managed to beat her. It was one of the more painful races.

The last day was 800m free and 50m free. I made a tactical decision to let up on the 800 and focus on the 50. After all, I had won 3 of 3 freestyle races, and considering my training for the past 8 months I knew my fitness would not be where I would like it to be for an 800m event. The 50m was the last event of the meet and it was one that some people didn't expect me to win but eventually I am proud at what I have accomplished when I touched first.

Although Australia is a lot more competitive, it is a good for me to experience racing that is different. Australia is also a lot stricter, so if you haven’t marshalled at least 2 full events before, you may be pulled out and the event amalgamated.  There isn't a cheer squad either. The only people you have cheering is fellow swim mates and parents in an indoor venue that is a lot bigger, so often some of the team spirit is lost at smaller meets.
The Wilayah cheering squad cheering for Wilayah swimmers
I have made some lifelong friends on this trip, not only those who swim in the National Team or for Wilayah, but also from other states. Staying as a team is very important to me as I feel that the support is greater and that the team grows closer.

Thank you to all of you who were present in Perlis; parents, coaches and most importantly my team mates. You made the trip very special!

SUKMA is always a great experience for me, both in and out of the pool and I look forward to SUKMA 2016 in Sarawak. Hopefully I see you all there!


My WILAYAH Team members

Feeling ecstatic with my relay partners, from left; Tan Rou Ying, Christina, myself and Mak Ai Sin

Also view SUKMA 2014 album at IBSC Gallery.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

The NST : World class- feel

THE public will get a chance to sample some of the world-class facilities and equipment that national athletes enjoy following the opening of the National Sports Council's (NSC) new complex in Setiawangsa.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who declared the complex open on Saturday, wants the facilities utilised by the community of Setiawangsa.

"This is actually an abandoned project because construction started back in 2007.

"Luckily, the new contractors agreed to resume the project in 2011 and the complex -- which is worth RM13.3 million -- is finally completed.

"It will be used mainly by our backup swimmers and athletes. It is getting a little congested in Bukit Jalil," said Khairy.

The Setiawangsa complex is equipped with an Olympic-size swimming pool, a six-lane running track, a football field and a multipurpose hall that houses nine badminton courts.

"This complex is not only used by the backup athletes, it is also open to the public here in Setiawangsa.

"It is free for the first month and if it enjoys good public response, I will bring this matter up in parliament.

"Of course, NSC will prepare the schedules so that public bookings do not clash with the athletes' training sessions," added Khairy.

Also present at the opening ceremony were Setiawangsa member of parliament Datuk Ahmad Fauzi Zahari, NSC director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong, Youth and Sports Ministry chief secretary Datuk Jamil Salleh and City Hall project implementation and maintenance deputy director-general Datuk Mohd Najib Mohd.

Friday, 13 June 2014

The Star : Swimmer Lai Kwan back in team for Commonwealth Games


KUALA LUMPUR: Chui Lai Kwan, once the fastest freestyle swimmer in South-East Asia, is making a comeback after a three-year absence.

Chui Lai Kwan still holds the national records for the 50m and 100m freestyle as well as the 100m backstroke.

The 24-year-old Sabahan, who quit the national team in late 2011, has been named by the Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) as one of the six women swimmers for next month’s Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

“Lai Kwan has proven that she’s still one of the best women’s swimmers in the nation, having excelled in recent meets like the Malaysian Open. She certainly deserves a place in the team to Glasgow,” said Asum honorary secretary Edwin Chong.

“As she is not under the National Sports Council (NSC) programme, she’ll continue to train on her own in preparation for the Games.”

Despite no longer with the national team, Lai Kwan has been competing actively on her own. She still holds the national records for the 50m and 100m freestyle as well as the 100m backstroke.

Lai Kwan was also the only Malaysian swimmer to make the final at the New Delhi Common­wealth Games and Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010.

Edwin said the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) had also given their blessings for Asum to send a 12-member squad to Glasgow although the men’s 4x200m team were the only swimmers to qualify on merit.

Apart from Lai Kwan, the other swimmers picked are Khoo Cai Lin, Cristina Loh, Erika Kong, Yap Siew Hui, Nadia Adrianna Redza Abdullah.

For the men’s team, the six members are Kevin Yeap, Lim Ching Hwang, Vernon Lee, Welson Sim, Shaun Yap and Tern Jian Han.

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s Commonwealth Games chef-de-mission Datuk Ong Poh Eng visited the swimming and diving teams training at the National Aquatic Centre in Bukit Jalil yesterday.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Team Briefing for SportExcel Leg 2

Dear IBSC swimmers and parents,

Please be informed that during the briefing scheduled on 17 June 2014 (Tuesday) @ 8:30pm. the following will be distributed to swimmers/parents :

- travel itinerary
- school leave letter
- room allocation in Melaka
- location maps of pool and hotels
- certificates for Leg 1 (for those who have yet to collect)

Your attendance is appreciated.

Team Manager (Leg 2)
Zainon Othman

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