Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The NST : SWIMMING: ASUM cracks whip on underachievers


THE Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (ASUM) has taken a tough stand on underperforming swimmers.

The association picked only seven swimmers for next month’s Incheon Asian Games.

Sea Games champion Kevin Yeap, Welson Sim, Lim Ching Hwang, Vernon Lee and reserve member Alywn Tan make up the men’s squad while Khoo Cai Lin and independent swimmer Chui Lai Kwan were the only female swimmers selected for the assignment.

Those dropped were Myanmar Sea Games doubles gold medallist Christina Loh, Erika Kong, Yap Siew Hui, Erika Kong, Nadia Adrianna Redza, Tern Jian Han, Shaun Yap and the injured Daniel Bego.

Kevin, Ching Hwang, Welson and Vernon were given the nod after breaking the national record twice en route to reaching the 4x200m freestyle final in Glasgow.

They finished seventh in the final ahead of arch rivals Singapore.

ASUM secretary Edwin Chong said all the seven will go under Category A.

“All of them met the sixth-placed times of the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games,” said Edwin yesterday.

“Cai Lin qualified on merit for the 400m and 800m freestyle while Lai Kwan was included as she did well in Glasgow by reaching the semi-finals in the 50m freestyle and improving on her own national record.

“All were reminded to meet the qualifying mark in Glasgow but most failed to come near their personal best times.”

In diving, newly crowned Commonwealth Games gold medallist Ooi Tze Liang leads the men’s squad also comprising Chew Yi Wei and Ahmad Amsya Azman.

World No 4 platform diver Pandelela Rinong, Cheong Jun Hoong, Leong Mun Yee, Wendy Ng, Loh Zhiayi and Nur Dhabitah Sabri make up the women’s team.

The Olympic Council of Malaysia also gave the green light to ASUM to send Katrina Ann Hadi, Tasha Jane and Lee Yhing Huey for the duet event in synchronised swimming.

Monday, 11 August 2014

IBSC is again the Champion Club in SportExcel Grand Final 2014

IBSC again retains its title as the Champion Club in the SportExcel Junior Swimming Circuit 2014 at Bandar Tun Razak swimming complex yesterday after defeating the other clubs with a big margin. All together, there are 22 clubs making to the final round after having swum the Leg 1 and 2 in Melaka in May and June 2014.

IBSC with 44 swimmers, the most number of qualifiers into the Grand Final, collected 408 points from the third and final leg. Pade Supersharkz came in second with 204 points while third position goes to Kelab Renang MSSC with 128 points.

Participating clubs with their winning points
Trophies waiting for their rightful owners

This year is the first time SportExcel rewards trophies to overall champions in the respective age group. The swimmers who have gained the most medals in each age group earned the laurels and they are :

Group 4 Girls
Yipp Chee Tong (PJMS Aquatic Swimming Club) : 5 gold

Group 4 Boys
Koay Wern Rui (Chinese Swimming Club) : 3 Gold, 1 Bronze

Group 3 Girls
Chrity Teh Xing Ti (Sonic Swim Club) : 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Group 3 Boys
Sebastion Soon (Ikan Bilis Swimming Club) : 3 Gold, 3 Silver

Group 2 Girls
Elynn Tan Yilin (Penang Swimming Club) : 5 Gold, 1 Bronze

Group 2 Boys
Goh Yue Hong (Ikan Bilis Swimming Club) : 3 Gold, 2 Silver

Sebastian Soon won the 11-12 boys overall champion with 3 gold and 3 silver
Yue Hong happy to be still on top after his recovery

The Full Results of Grand Final 2014 can be downloaded here.

Congratulations to all age-group champions above and medallists!

Well done too to IBSC finalists for an awesome performance and credit goes to the coaches for their untiring effort in moulding the swimmers to achieve excellence.

The Team Manager of IBSC, Mr Vincent Low has done a great job in managing the team and thumbs up too to Mrs Tharani Lee as the caring chaperon. Also appreciation must be mentioned to volunteers of IBSC - Kak Zie, Pak Andi, En. Faizal, Mr WK Ng, Jeremy, Tan Ei Siang, Teo Yang Jiew and other ex-parents and ex-swimmers who have came forward to contribute their time and energy as marshals, time-keepers, photographers and be part of the working committee for the meet.

CONGRATULATIONS Team IBSC and KUDOS to all for the great team work!

Enjoy some snapshots here, courtesy of IBSC parents. To view more please see IBSC Gallery.

IBSC won the overall champion club with the highest points among 22 participating clubs
A group photo for the coaches before the meet starts
Sebastian Soon leaping off to a good start
Kimberly Ong
Group 2 boys getting ready to race, from left, Howard, Adam, Desmond and Nick Sia
Adam flying off the block to win gold in his 50m breaststroke at 31.81s
Yue Hong stretching to gold in his 100m backstroke with a time of 1:04.70
Rohan Lee's favourite butterfly earned him a bronze in 50m fly at 27.72s
Shannen Kay Chan

Friday, 8 August 2014

IBSC leveled up to second position in 10th SICC Invitational Swimming Championship

Last year, Team IBSC participated in the 9th SICC Invitational meet at Singapore Island Country Club with only 19 swimmers and got third position overall. The small team has enjoyed the trip very much and that has drummed up some interest this year as IBSC sent a total of 32 swimmers to the 10th SICC Invitational meet across the causeway.

With strong challenge, Team IBSC managed to level up its position to second place this year after the Philippines Swim League, followed by the host, SICC in the third position.

The annual group photo of SICC's Swimming Championship

Many of our swimmers joining the trip were fairly young. The meet gave them a great experience and a chance to make new friends from the neighbouring countries.

The meet started with a march past by all the participating teams and Team IBSC was led by Desmond Ng. Other teams were the Philippines Swim League, Stingray Swimming Club, Royal Selangor Golf Club, Penang Swimming Club, Sonic Swim Club, St. Claire Montessori School and the host, SICC.

Desmond Ng, leading the march past in the opening ceremony

Steve Khiew was sponsored by his school to SICC meet
Team IBSC has done fairly well by accumulating 18 gold, 22 silver and 25 bronze in the individual and relay events.

The top performer of IBSC is non other than Steve Khiew who had made a clean sweep of all 9 gold in the individual events he participated and in the process made a few PBs for himself. Steve was crowned the Overall Champion in the 11-12 years boys category.

The best girl performer of IBSC was Chloe Ng, who managed to pull in 1 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze in the 11-12 girls category. She also won another gold in the Mixed relay event together with team mates Howard Sim, Fatin Natsha and Iqmal Muqhis.

Chloe Ng, energetic all the time

The summary of medal achievement by IBSC swimmers are tabulated below.

Steve Khiew, 12

Rohan Lee, 14
Desmond Ng, 15

Teo Zun Jet, 8
Iqmal Muqhis bin Faizal, 13

Tan Ei Siang, 16


Adam Afif bin Faizal, 15

Ng Yi Xuan, 9


Howard Sim, 15

Jackson Khiew, 14

Ng K-Yang, 10

Chloe Ng, 12
Amana Grace Nunis, 16

Jaime Lim, 12

Alia binti Dato Salleh, 14

Farra Dyana Arffin, 16


9-10 Girls 200m Free Relay
(Law Li Wei, Celeste Lee, Ira Singh, Teo Sze Hui)

11-12 Girls 200m Free Relay
(Chelsea Lee, Ng Xin Wei, Low Yi Jin, Jaime Lim)

13-14 Boys 200m Free Relay
(Rohan Lee, Caleb Nunis, Jackson Khiew, Iqmal Muqhis)

13-14 Girls 200m Free Relay
(Nuraina Naziha, Pavinya, Chloe Ng, Alia Salleh)




9-10 Boys 200m Medley Relay
(Teo Zun Jet, Ng K-Yang, Yau Shen Ming, Ng Yi Xuan)

9-10 Girls 200m Medley Relay
(Teo Sze Hui, Law Li Wei, Celeste Lee, Ira Singh)

11-12 Girls 200m Medley Relay
(Chelsea Lee, Ng Xin Wei, Jaime Lim, Low Yi Jin)

11-12 Boys 200m Medley Relay
(Low Ken Ji, Iqmal Muqhis, Rohan Lee, Caleb Nunis)





13-14 Girls 200m Medley Relay
(Pavinya, Nuraina Naziha, Alia Salleh, Chloe Ng)

Mixed Relay
(Iqmal Muqhis, Fatin Natasha, Chloe Ng, Howard Sim)


The Full Results of 10th SICC can be downloaded here.

The swimmers had a fun time at the resort like pool even though soaked under the sun and the parents' support was really awesome. Some parents braved the Raya traffic to drive down to Singapore to watch the meet and support their swimming kids.

Mixed relay teams all excited to swim against each other
Great support team of IBSC, taking time off to see their swimming children
Parents all geared up to watch to relay races

Bravo to Team IBSC!

Team IBSC has yet achieved another milestone in SICC meet and hopefully we will see further improvement next year.

We also would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents, Mrs Yap, Mrs Christine Tan, Mrs Law for contributing room, snacks and food to the swimmers. The accompany coach, Coach Kamaruddin has also done a great job in making sure the swimmers are taken care of, in and out of the competition.

Also thumbs-up to the accompanying parents for rendering such superb support to the team and sharing tons of good photos.

Lastly, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to the host, SICC, for graciously hosting the 10th SICC meet with great hospitality. We shall meet again next year.

More photos at IBSC Gallery.

Steve Khiew won straight golds in all the 9 individual events he participated 
Chloe Ng
Ruwan Lee, Sarvesh and Ng K-Yang enjoying themselves in the meet
Andi Muhammad, excited to join SICC for the first time
Boys having great fun under the sun
Coach Kamal and some parents accompanying the swimmers in SICC during the lunch break
Ei Siang and Desmond in 100 back medal presentation
Mixed Relay Team A of IBSC won gold
YMCA kids

* Photos courtesy of IBSC parents

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Team Briefing for SportExcel Grand Final 2014

Dear IBSC swimmers and parents,

Please be informed that there will be a Team Briefing for those swimmers selected to the SportExcel Grand Final 2014 as follows :-

Date :  5 August, 2014 (Tues)
Time : 7:00 pm
Venue : Cheras pool

The finalist T-shirts will be distributed during the team briefing. Your attendance is appreciated.

Vincent Low
Team Manager

Saturday, 26 July 2014

The Star : Swimmer Lai Kwan sets PB but falls short in the semis


GLASGOW: Not even three years away from the national team could stop Chui Lai Kwan from making waves in the pool at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Chui Lai Kwan broke her own national record in the 50m freestyle event at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games on Friday. - Filepic

On Friday, Lai Kwan rewrote her own national record to reach the semi-finals of the women’s 50m freestyle when she clocked 26.00 at the Tollcross Swimming Centre.

Last year, she clocked 26.02 during the University Games.

But as expected, Lai Kwan found the going tough in the second semi-final heats yesterday when she finished last with a time of 26.10 in a eight-member field.

Lai Kwan, who left the national team in 2011, did reasonably well at the Malaysian Open recently and that led to the Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) giving her a chance to don national colours in Glasgow.

Asum secretary Edwin Chong is happy that Lai Kwan did not disappoint.

“She may be an independent athlete now but she has been actively training on her own. I’m glad that we kept our door open to give even non-national athletes a chance to feature in big Games,” said Edwin.

“I believe that every athlete deserves a chance to qualify on merit. I’m happy that Asum took this stand. It is good for Asum, good for the athletes and good for the sport.”

In the heats, England’s Francesca Halsall shattered the eight-year Games record with a superb time of 24.31. The old mark of 24.61 was set by Libby Lenton of Australia in 2006.

Friday, 25 July 2014

The Star : Malaysia pays tribute at Commonwealth Games

GLASGOW: Malaysian athletes and officials donned Malaysia Airlines uniforms for the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony – a mark of respect for the 298 who died on board the downed MH17.

United as a nation: National track cyclist Fatehah Mustafa carrying the Jalur Gemilang flag at half-mast as she leads the Malaysian contingent, with athletes and officials dressed as MAS staff, into Celtic Park during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Malaysian contingent marched out to Celtic Park with national track cyclist Fatehah Mustapa as the flag bearer. The flag was at half-mast.

Just behind her were athletes Jupha Somnet (cycling), Surizan Awang Noh, Fatin Shafika Md Sukri (women’s hockey), Nor Fidrah Noh, Fairul Abdul Jabal (lawn bowls) and Farizal Ismail (rugby) along with officials Fahmi Omar (NSC press attache) and Mohd Fahmi Abdul Jalil (rugby manager).

All of them were dressed in Malaysia Airlines uniforms.

The rest of the contingent wore black armbands over their traditional baju Melayu.

The entire Commonwealth family stopped to observe a minute’s silence for those who had died so unneccesarily.

National lawn bowler Siti Zalina Ahmad said it was an emotional moment.

“The Malaysian contingent shares the sorrow of the families who lost their dear ones in the disaster. The MH17 tragedy has made all Malaysians united. I will wear the black armband throughout my stay here in Glasgow,” said Siti, a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medal winner in the singles event.

Women’s badminton doubles player Vivian Hoo shared her sentiments.

“I feel really sad. I think this (marching together during the opening ceremony wearing black armbands) is a good way to empathise with the victims’ families,” she said.

“I felt truly proud to walk as a Malaysian.”

Top track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang said he was nearly overcome with emotion.

“We had to put on a brave front although I was choked with emotion. What happened was terrible. During the opening ceremony, we showed our unity even in times of distress. This will spur us to do our best.”

The tragedy has also touched athletes from other countries.

Rachel Findlay, Scotland’s women’s singles shuttler, said: “It was sad to know what happened and we felt the pain too. I think it was a good gesture of the team to do what they did.”

India’s men’s doubles shuttler Akshay Dewalkar had this to say: “It was a sight to behold, watching the team showing their support while the country is mourning.

“We are saddened by the tragedy too. The Malaysian team has the support of the entire Commonwealth family.”

The Star : Malaysian swimmers all out on first day


GLASGOW: Malaysians Erika Kong Chia Chia and Tern Jian Han must be cursing their luck.

They came within a whisker of making the semi-finals on the opening day of the swimming competition at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre on Thursday.

In the women’s 50m breaststroke, Erika clocked 33.51 to finish 17th - just missing the cut by one spot. Her compatriot Christina Loh Yen Ling finished 18th in 33.64.

In the men’s 100m backstroke, Jian Han also came close to making the semi-finals before settling for 17th spot with his time of 58.50.

Only the top 16 swimmers make the semi-finals.

It was a damp day for Malaysian swimmers as the others – Kevin Yeap Soon Choy, Vernon Lee Jeau Zhi, Welsom Sim Wee Sheng, Yap Siew Hui and Nadia Adrianna Redza Goh – all came up short in their respective events.

Team manager Mae Chan summed up the team’s first day action as “not good and unlucky”.

“We could have had two swimmers in the semi-finals. It’s a pity that Erika and Jian Han missed out,” she said.

“It’s tough out there with Australia, Canada and England boasting strong swimmers. The disappointment today will only spur our swimmers to bounce back stronger in the other events.”

Sunday, 20 July 2014

The Star : Christina’s on a ‘record-breaking’ mission in Glasgow


The 19-year-old Christina proved she is a worthy successor to Siow Yi Ting after replacing the latter as the region’s breaststroke queen with a double-gold feat at last year’s Myanmar SEA Games.

Christina Loh is aiming to break Siow Yi Ting's national record of 1:09.82 in the 100m breaststroke event at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games beginning next week.

The Penang-born teenager is raising the bar higher for her second Commonwealth Games appearance.

She wants to erase Yi Ting’s long-standing national record of 1:09.82 in the 100m breaststroke event, which hopefully, will propel her to a place in the final.

The now-retired Yi Ting clocked the mark at the 2009 Laos SEA Games.

“Breaking the 100m breaststroke national record is my goal this year and I will attempt to accomplish it in Glasgow,” said Christina, who has a personal best of 1:10.55.

“I will need to dip below 1:10. If I can swim that fast, with help from stronger opposition, hopefully it will come along with a berth in the final.

“It’s quite hard to say though if the timing will be good enough as I’m sure many swimmers from previous Games would have improved too.

“If I can make it that far, it will be a very big achievement for me as (Chui) Lai Kwan is the only Malaysian woman so far to swim in the 100m freestyle final, in New Delhi four years ago,” said Christina, who will also take part in the 50m and 200m breaststroke events as well.

The 50m distance was Christina’s pet event in which she currently holds the national record of 32.11 set at the World Championships in Shanghai in 2011.

However, she does not think highly of her chances in the 50m breaststroke, and has switched focus to the longer distance.

“My performance in the shorter race has been affected for some time. It’s quite hard to juggle between a few distances at one time.”

Lim Keng Liat is the only Malaysian swimmer to have stood on the Commonwealth Games podium so far.

The Sabah-born swimmer achieved the feat in Manchester in 2002, taking silver in the 50m backstroke and bronze for the 100m distance.

The aquatic medals have been coming in through the divers since then and Glasgow should not be any different.

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.


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