Thursday, 18 December 2014

Star Online : Decline in sports performances worrying: Khairy


PUTRAJAYA: Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin is not a happy man.

The Malaysian contingent surpassed their 40-gold target at the Myanmar SEA Games in December, but there is no denying the decline in the standard of various sports.

“Although we surpassed the 40-gold medal target (by winning 43 golds), we finished fifth overall among 11 countries,” said Khairy after a post-mortem meeting attended by the National Sports Council (NSC) and Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) on Thursday.

Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin at the press conference after chairing the SEA Games post-mortem meeting. With him are Olympic Council of Malaysia president Tunku Tan Sri Imran Tuanku Ja’afar (left) and NSC director-general Datuk Seri Zolkples Embong (right).

“I am greatly concerned about the decline in sports that we used to dominate in the SEA Games.

“We used to win golds in athletics, swimming, badminton and sepaktakraw. But today, we are struggling to win medals in these sports.

“We need strategic intervention to help improve the standard of these sports for the 2017 SEA Games, which we will be hosting.”

He pointed out that even Vietnam did better than Malaysia in swimming, which had 32 gold medals up for grabs. Vietnam bagged five golds while Malaysia only managed to win four.

“ASUM (Amateur Swimming Association of Malaysia) are banking on the same old swimmers like Daniel Bego, Khoo Cai Lin and Christina Loh to win the medals,” said Khairy.

“We need to look for a calibre foreign coach to help improve the standard of the swimmers.”

He also took athletics to task, saying that although the back-up athletes did well to improve their personal best to win medals, they are still lagging behind neighbours Thailand.

“MAF (Malaysian Athletic Federation) need to hire a good technical director who can help local coaches produce better athletes,” he said.

“I’m also worried about the standard of badminton as the shuttlers struggled to do well at the SEA Games.”

As for sepaktakraw, Khairy believes that it needs a total revamp and that the association should work closely with the NSC to improve their fortunes.

He also questioned fringe sports that have not been delivering medals for many years.

“There are some sports like volleyball, table tennis, waterpolo and women’s football that have not done well for the last 15 years. The time has come for them to start cracking and find ways to improve their standard,” he said.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

2015 PRAKL Age Group Swimming Championship

Dear All,

The Invite for 2015 PRAKL Age Group Swimming Championship is out today. Please note the meet info below :

Date                                :    31st  January – 2nd February, 2015 (Sat - Mon)
Venue                           :    Kuala Lumpur Swimming Complex,
                                             Jalan Yaacob Latif, Bandar Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur
Organizer                        :    Kuala Lumpur Amateur Swimming Association  (KLASA)
Rules                               :    FINA Rules applies
Date of Age Reckoning  :   1st January, 2015
Entry Closing Date         :   8th January, 2015
Team Manager Meeting :   31st January, 2015 at 8.00 a.m.
Entries                             :    No limit to the number of swimmers or events

Please download invite and documents here.

Entry form for IBSC swimmers is due 1 Jan 2015. Please download IBSC Entry Form.

IBSC Swim Committee

IBSC Conquered the Pool to Emerge Champs Again!

This year's President Cup 2014 held for the 33rd time saw the highest turnout for IBSC swimmers as we registered 131 swimmers in the annual national inter-club swimming championship, making us the club with the top participants. There were a total of 1,036 registered swimmers from 42 clubs all over Malaysia.

What's encouraging for IBSC was the increased participation of Group IV swimmers who were all excited and eager to take on the challenging swim even though there were qualifying times imposed. To some it was their first experience in President Cup.

Team IBSC 

In the meet, Team IBSC led with massive margin topping with 1219.5 points, followed by PADE Supersharkz in second place with 663 points and the third place was grabbed by Kelab Renang MSSC with 408.5 points. IBSC easily retained the President Cup trophy again!

If not for the fantastic achievements of the following swimmers, IBSC wouldn't have accumulated so much points. Every swimmer tried their very best to gain points for the club. Congrats to all for their splendid performances and improved PBs.

IBSC's top points scorer was Yeong Zhen Yi (Group IV Girls), who has collected 72 points in total with 2 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze as she's met with some tight finishes in some races.

Erika Kong returned to swim for IBSC in the Women Open and she broke the meet record in 100m breast with new time of 1:13.36, previously held by compatriot Christina Loh (2011, 1:13.43). In the 50m breast, she again repeated the record breaking by erasing Christina's time (2010, 33.99) with a better time of 33.85.

Erika, finishing her breaststroke in new meet record times.

Tern Jian Han also did the same ritual as Erika by breaking 2 backstoke records belonging to Ian James Barr and refreshing the 50m back time to 26.74 (2010, 27.72) and 200m back of 57.61 (2010, 1:01.86).
Jian Han, backstroke specialist
The other meet record was smashed by Adam Afif, the breaststoke sprinter in his 50m breast when he swam 31.08 to shatter the long-standing 7 year record belonging to Lau Zhen Yong of ISC (2007, 31.51).

Adam Afif

The meet record breakers were :

E109 Men 18-30 50 Fly Open, 25.48  CHAN JIE – KSAS
E120 Women 18-30 100 Breast Open, 1:13.36  ERIKA KONG – IBSC
E125 Boys 13-14 50 Back Group 2, 28.70  JORDAN YIP – SST
E129 Men 18-30 50 Back Open, 26.74  JIAN HAN TERN - IBSC
E209 Men 18-30 100 Fly Open, 56.63  CHAN JIE – KSAS
E215 Boys 13-14 50 Breast Group 2, 31.08 ADAM AFIF BIN FAIZAL – IBSC
E216 Girls 13-14 50 Breast Group 2, 34.35  YAN YING LAI – KPN
E217 Boys 15-17 50 Breast Group 1, 30.53  WEI TZE FOONG – MSSC
E219 Men 18-30 50 Breast Open, 29.39  SHAUN YAP – PADE
E220 Women 18-30 50 Breast Open, 33.85  ERIKA KONG – IBSC
E309 Men 18-30 100 Back Open, 57.61 JIAN HAN TERN – IBSC
E316 Girls 13-14 50 Free Group 2, 26.97  YILIN ELYNN TAN – PSC
E317 Boys 15-17 50 Free Group 1, 23.94  TSIU KHOON LIM – PADE
E319 Men 18-30 50 Free Open, 23.76  CHAN YANG – KSAS

The 3-day meet was rather exhausting in a way as some have to wait long for their swim events. The boredom on day 1, Friday, was soon broken on Saturday morning, as ARENA has an Elite Team autograph signing sessions involving some national athletes for their swim fans. Some representing the Elite Team and swimming under IBSC were Ian James Barr, Vernon Lee and Erika Kong.

Team Manager, Ken, was totally committed in his duties, ensuring the juniors turn up for marshaling and the chaperons were also hard at work managing and distributing meals to the swimmers. Great job to the working committee.

Team Manager, Ken Liew, checking the event for Zhen Yi.

It was also the first time IBSC's committee took the opportunity to raise some funds during a meet by selling the AquaSwim hair products and helping the meet organiser with the redemption of free shampoo. The redemption has attracted a long queue first thing in the morning on day 1, and the free samples were snapped up within an hour.

We couldn't thank the coaches enough for guiding the swimmers in the competition. The support of the parents were humongous and the unity of the team work amongst all of us was top-notched.

Thanks to all coaches, swimmers, parents and volunteers for yet another successful swim meet. Also our appreciation goes to our partner for President Cup, Trend Master Sdn Bhd for partnering us in providing the competition kit to our swimmers.

See more photos at IBSC Gallery.

Sarvesh Pillai ceased the opportunity to take a snapshot with the Arena Elite Team
Azquiya taking a photo with Erika Kong, Vernon Lee and Ian James Barr
Ian James Barr happy to sign off his names anywhere
Azquiya and parents who flew in from Sri Lanka to join IBSC for the swim, sharing the celebration
Kids enjoying themselves at the end of the competition
The Champion Team for President Cup 2014

Sunday, 30 November 2014

IBSC remains unbeatable in President Cup 2014

Breaking News!

IBSC remains supreme as the Champion Club in the 33rd National Inter-Club Swimming Championship for the President Cup 2014 as it ends today with a bang, when both the boys and girls relay swimmers emerged as the winning relay teams.

Well done Team IBSC!

Team IBSC as the Champions Club in President Cup 2014 with top score of 1219.5

Team IBSC with biggest turnout in participation this year with 131 swimmers

... more report to follow later.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Aquatic Calendar 2015

The Aquatic Calendar for 2015 has just been issued by ASUM.

Please click the image below to download.

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

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


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

p/s Please see briefing notes here.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Star Community : Comeback kid makes big splash


TWENTY-FOUR records were re-written at the 11th Kedah International Invitational Swimming Championships held at the Gunung Keriang Aquatic Centre near Alor Setar.

The girls 13-14 years age group lining up at the starting point in the 50m freestyle event at the Gunung Keriang Aquatic complex near Alor Setqr during the 11th Kedah Annual international Invitational meet.

The number of records created, however, fell short of last year’s total of 31 although the number of participants this year outnumbered the previous year’s figure.

A total of 509 participants from 21 teams including 16 swimmers from Madras, India, took part in the championships this time whereas there were 430 participants from 15 teams including a team from Madras, last year.

Clement David Leong, 26, from Perak, who had laid off competitive swimming for about two years, made a successful comeback to bag four gold medals at the meet which was held over two days recently.

He was the oldest swimmer to win four events at the meet, including record-breaking performances in the 50m backstroke and 100m breaststroke categories.

He clocked a new time of 28.60s in the 50m backstroke to erase the old record of 28.96s by Dickson Chin from Penang Sports Club last year, and 1:07.72s in the 100m breaststroke to erase the 100m breaststroke record of 1:09.36s held by Athijade Moravan (Barracuda Aquatic Club Alor Setar) since 2011.

He also won gold medals in the 50m butterfly and the 50m freestyle. He also anchored the Perak team to win a bronze medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

The Madras Swimming Club, who had won six gold, eight silver and eight bronze medals last year, failed to ignite and went home without a gold medal this time.

The event was organised by the Kedah Amateur Swimming Association.

Organising secretary K. Ravindran rated this year’s event as the best ever since the inaugural meet 10 years ago.

“The huge response from teams who come from as far as Madras, Johor, Malacca, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Negri Sembilan made the meet a memorable one apart from regular participants from Perak, Penang and Kedah,” he said.

There were five age groups including two open categories for both boys and girls.

Penang Sports Club topped the leaderboard by winning 29 gold, 16 silver and 10 bronze medals while Ikan Bilis Swimming Club from Kuala Lumpur took second place with 21 gold, nine silver and 16 bronze medals.

The others finished in the following order: Bukit Banang GC Johor 10-14-13, Penang Chinese Swimming Club 10-10-11, Kelab Renang MSSC 7-15-8, Perak Amateur Swimming Association 7-10-10, Royal Selangor GC 4-1-7, Pirates Swimming Club 2-6-2, Rakan Akuatik Remaja Malacca 2-1-4, Pusat Akuatik Darul Ehsan 1-6-4, Trident Swimming Club 1-5-7, Madras Swimming Club 0-7-4, Sungai Petani Aquatic Club 0-1-0, Kinta Swimming Club 0-0-2 and Kingfisher Swimming club 0-0-1.

The records at the meet are as follows (former records in brackets):

Open: 200m breaststroke: Ng Yi Hao 3:30.29s (2:32.88s).

15 years & over: 50m backstroke: Clement David Leong 28.60s (28.96s), 100m backstroke: Hollymax Bell 1:02.57s (1:06.62s), 100m breaststroke: Clement David Leong 1:07.72s (1:09.36s).

13-14 years: 50m breaststroke: Ng Yi Hao 31.62s (31.97s), 100m breaststroke: Ng Yi Hao 1:08.48s (1:11.36s), 100m freestyle: Dylan Wong Xuan Kai 56.15s (56.334s).

11-12 years: 50m breaststroke: Toan Matsumoto 34.16s (34.51s).

9-10 years: 50m backstroke: Koay Wern Rui 36.58s (36.61s), 100m backstroke: Koay Wern Rui 1:17.58s (1;18.22S), 50m butterfly: Terence Lim Tzun Chen 33.36s (34.00s), 100m butterfly: Chew Kee En 1:13.90s (1:15.20s), 100m breaststroke: Hector Chong Kin Yee 1:24.88s (1:27.66s), 100m freestyle: Koay Wern Rui 1:06,54s (1:07.63s).

13 years & over: 100m freestyle relay: Penang Swimming Club 4:27.92s (4:36.55s).

13-14 years: 50m freestyle: Tan Yilin Elynn 27.66s (28.69s), 100m freestyle: Tan Yilin Elynn 1:00.58s (1:02.44s).

9-10 years: 50m freestyle: Ashley Chew 31.02s (31.19s), 100m freestyle: Yeong Zhen Yi 1:07.56s (1:08.75s), 50m backstroke: Ashley Chew 36.10s (37.06s), 100m backstroke: Yeong Zhen Yi 1:20.74s (1:21.62s), 100m butterfly: Yeong Zhen Yi 1:17.06s (1:17.86s).

Eight years & under: 50m freestyle: Jesselyn Lim Li Xin 34.62s (36.07s), 50m back stroke: Jesselyn Lim Lin Xin 42.55s (42.81s).

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

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