Saturday, 9 May 2015

The Star : Malaysia’s SEA Games gold medal target is '50, more or less’

BY S. RAMAGURU

Malaysia's SEA Games chef-de-mission Datuk Seri Norza Zakaria with the national divers at the National Institute of Sport in Bukit Jalil on Friday. - IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/ The STAR

KUALA LUMPUR: Fifty – more or less. That’s the gold medal target set for the Malaysian contingent for next month’s SEA Games in Singapore.

Initially, the athletes were not set any targets as chef de mission Datuk Norza Zakaria had said that the focus was to provide the junior athletes with exposure.

But Norza said they’ve had to make a U-turn after being questioned by several stakeholders.

“In line with this, we’ve decided to set a gold medal target for the contingent ... it could be 50 or somewhere around that. We’re working on it with the associations, National Sports Council (NSC), National Institute of Sports (NSI) and the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM),” he said after meeting officials and athletes from seven sports associations – petanque, water polo, diving, squash, fencing, floorball and swimming – on Friday.

At the Myanmar SEA Games in 2013, Malaysia won 43 gold medals.

Malaysia will compete in 35 sports in Singapore, where 373 gold medals are up for grabs.

Overall, there will be 39 sports (402 events) with 402 gold medals on offer at the 28th SEA Games.

The sports are swimming, synchronised swimming, diving, waterpolo, archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, billiards and snooker, bowling, boxing, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, floorball, football, golf, gymnastics, hockey, judo, netball, petanque, rowing, rugby 7s, sailing, sepak takraw, shooting, silat, softball, squash, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, dragon boat, triathlon, volleyball, wakeboard and waterski and wushu.

Malaysia won’t compete in triathlon, traditional boat race, canoeing and softball.

Norza said that he has already met with 18 sports association, and “there are 17 more to go”.

“The objective is to find out what are the problems faced by the various teams and if they need any help,” he said.

“Apart from telling them to be disciplined and stay focused, I also reminded the teams that there is no Games Village this time ... they will all stay in hotels.

“So, communication may be a bit of a problem during the Games.”

He also said that each sport will, for the first time, have an officer from NSI so as to ensure that they have the necessary support for the Games.

“In previous Games, we received feedback that there was no support from the NSI for some sports. This time, the NSI officer will report to us each day and we will see that they get the support they need,” he said.

The chef de mission also announced almost 70% of the Games-bound athletes have undergone doping tests.

“We plan to test 507 athletes and we’ve tested 374. We hope to get it done in the next two weeks,” he said.

There will also be a three-day national camp for the SEA Games contingent from May 22-24 in Putrajaya.


Thursday, 30 April 2015

Dragon Dens Invitational Meet was fun for IBSC's skeletal team


IBSC sent a skeletal team of only 5 swimmers to the Dragon Dens Invitational Swimming Meet 2015 in Singapore just last weekend. The meet was hosted by United World College of Southeast Asia (UWCSEA) at its East Campus.

Team IBSC won 3 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze contributed by Afiq Imran (3G,1S,3B), Ng Lee Sze (1S) and Tania Thong (1B).

Afiq on podium at UWCSEA

Watch the highlight of the meet via this link.


Monday, 27 April 2015

Team Briefing for SportExcel 2015, Leg 1 to Melaka

Dear IBSC swimmers,

Please note that the Team Briefing for SportExcel Junior Swimming Circuit 2015, Leg 1 will be held as below. Travel itinerary to Melaka and school leave letter will be distributed during the briefing session.

Please attend the briefing especially swimmers going for away meet for the first time.

Thank you.
IBSC Swim Committee



p/s See updated Team Briefing notes here.



Sunday, 26 April 2015

Day 3 Results - 51st MAG 2015


The Malaysia Open Age Group swimming competition continued into the third and final day today at the National Aquatic Stadium with more medals contributed by IBSC swimmers to the Team Kuala Lumpur.

Ng Zi Syuen sprung up a pleasant surprise in the Group 4 girls 100m breaststroke event, when she snatched gold at 1:24.52 after shedding a spectacular 7 seconds off her PB. Petite Zi Syuen has proven to be a swimmer with lots of potential.

Meanwhile, Keith Lim, continued his medal hauls when he came first in the 50m backstroke by touching the wall at 27.41 perfecting his individual performance. In 50m freestyle, again he showed the spectators that he is the fastest sprinter by speeding away at 23.86, shy from breaking the meet record by merely 0.3 seconds

Pun Pei Jin, also earned praises as she took home a gold in 200m fly after improving further to a new time of 2:32.70 in the Group 3 girls category.

Pun Pei Jin won 200m fly event

The IBSC achievers are tabulated below.

IBSC Medallists
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Keith Lim
50m Back
50m Free


Ng Zi Syuen
100m Breast


Pun Pei Jin
200m Fly


Steve Khiew

200m Free

Ian James Barr

50m Back

Jack Lakeman

50m Free

Sebastian Soon


200m Fly
Wong Jun Bin


200m Free
Tan Rou Ying


50m Back
Nurlatifa Zahra


50m Back
Desmond Ng


100m Breast


The medley relay races were also very exciting as eventually the Group 1 boys did an amazing job in clinching a much awaited gold for the KL Team. The senior boys comprising of Goh Yue Hong, Desmond Ng, Wong Jun Bin and Keith Lim brought home the gold after finishing at 3:15.16 ahead of Selangor and Hong Kong teams.

Medley relay, Group 1 boys. From left, Goh Yue Hong, Keith Lim, Desmond Ng and Wong Jun Bin
Group 2 boys, Rohan Lee, Anson Chew, Sean Goh and Brandy Chew
Group 2 girls all happy with their silver upgrade. From left, Anjali Lim, Chong Yong Qi, Karla Lim and Phoebe Law
Group 3 boys picked up silver in 4x100m medley relay thanks to Steve Khiew, Lee Jia Jing, Koh Teck Chen and Zachary Lim
Group 3 girls did their best in the medley relay. From left, Pun Pei Jin, Georgene Wee, Ashley Ting, Yeong Zhen Yi

Well done to everyone for such great performances. Congratulations to all medal winners.


The day 3 results can be downloaded here.

View IBSC Gallery for more photos.


Saturday, 25 April 2015

Day 2 Results - 51st MAG 2015


The second day of the MAG went smoothly today at the National Aquatic Centre, Bukit Jalil with several records being broken.

 The performers from IBSC are :

IBSC Medallists
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Steve Khiew
400m Free

100m Back
400m IM
Keith Lim
50m Fly


Sebastian Soon
400m IM


Wong Jun Bin

400m IM
400m Free
Tan Rou Ying

100m Back
50m Fly
Ian James Barr

100m Back

Zachary Lim

400m Free

Chew Chee Ming


400m Free
400m IM
Pun Pei Jin


400m Free
400m IM
Ng Zi Syuen


50m Fly
See Zhi-Hahn


100m Back

Keith, flying home to gold in 50m fly with a time of 52.52
Sebastian Soon, impressed with his own achievement to touch the wall first in 400m IM as he clocked 4:52.96, shedding more than 7 seconds off his PB
Steve Khiew continued to collect more medals in the mid-distance events on day 2 where he got gold in 400m free and 2 bronze in 400m IM and 100m backstroke


During the 4x100m free relays, KL teams may not be the strongest but did rather well in producing some silver and bronze medals. The relays received loud cheers from the spectators. Well done to all.

Group 3 boys earned a silver in free relay with team members Chung Ze Xuan, Koh Teck Chen, Steve Khiew and Zachary Lim
Group 3 girls got 2nd placing, from left, Ashley TIng, Yeong Zhen Yi, Georgene Wee, Pun Pei Jin 
Group 2 boys managed a bronze in the team relay. From left, Anson Chew, Low Ken Ji, Sebastian Soon and Iqmal Muqhis
Gruop 2 girls grabbed bronze with Karla Lim, Chong Yong Qi, Phoebe Law and Nurlatifa Zahra 
Group 1 boys all happy to have silver, anchored by Keith Lim, left. Team members include Wong Jun Bin, Chin Yu Zheng and Goh Yue Hong
Group 1 girls, from left, Zoe Bowden, Amanda Nunis, Yap Li Wen and Bonnie Tan got a consolation third placing in the closed results
The meet will see its last day tomorrow at Bukit Jalil Aquatic Centre, Kuala Lumpur.


See full results of Day 1 and 2 here.


Friday, 24 April 2015

Day 1 Results - 51st MAG 2015


Congratulations to IBSC swimmers, Ian James Barr and Keith Lim, representing the Team Kuala Lumpur, who both have broken meet records today in the 51st Malaysia Invitational Age Group Swimming Championship 2015 at Bukit Jalil Aquatic Centre.

Ian James Barr re-wrote the meet record belonging to Shaun Yap last year of 2:13.37 with a new time of 2:07.72 in the 200m IM event.   Ian also grabbed gold in his 200m breaststroke event.

Ian James Barr





Meanwhile, Keith Lim smashed the 100m fly record with a faster time of 55.40 (2014 : 55.95 by Alwyn Tan) and that he achieved after claiming a silver earlier in his 100m freestlye with a personal best of 51.88.
Keith Lim, feeling proud with his record breaking feat



The IBSC medallists on day 1 are :

IBSC Medallists
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Ian James Barr
200m Breast
200m IM (MR)


Keith Lim
100m Fly (MR)
100m Free

Steve Khiew
1500m Free
200m Back
200m IM
Sebastian Soon
200m IM

200m Breast
Pun Pei Jin

800m Free

Rohan Lee

100m Fly

Chew Chee Ming


1500m Free
Desmond Ng


200m Breast
Tan Rou Ying


200m Back
Ng Zi Syuen


200m IM


The Group 4 boys relay swimmers have done a good job too as they managed 2 silver in the freestyle and medley relays today.

Group 4 boys relay team, from left, Ng K-Yang, Darren Lew, Wesley Kam and See Zhi-Hahn

Well done to all medallists and those who have surpassed their personal best too. Keep up the good work!


Day 1 results can be downloaded here.





NAG 2015, a qualifying event for World Championship 2015 and 39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championship

The 51st MILO/PRAM Malaysia Invitational Age Group Swimming Championships 2015  is on-going today from 24-26 April, 2015 at Bukit Jalil Aquatic Centre, Kuala Lumpur.


The championship is a qualifying meet for those wishing to participate in the FINA World Championship in Kazan, Russia. The qualifying times are displayed below.



Meanwhile, for Malaysian swimmers wishing to qualify for the 39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championship 2015 in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, the qualifying times are published below.







Tuesday, 21 April 2015

NAG 2015 Team Briefing - KL Team

Dear KL Team swimmers,

For those who have missed out the team briefing on 21 April, 2015, kindly note the following :

The 51st MILO/PRAM Malaysia Invitational Age Group Swimming Championships 2015 will be held as follows :-

Date
:  24 to 26 April, 2015 (Fri-Sun)
Venue
:  National Aquatic Centre, Bukit Jalil, K.L.
Organiser
:  Association of Swimming Union Malaysia (ASUM)
Rules
:  FINA Rules Apply
Competition Format     
:  Timed Finals basis
Age of Reckoning
:  As of 1 January 2015


Scratching of Events

Any swimmers who wish to scratch their events, are advised to do so before 2pm on 23 April, 2015 (Thurs). Please contact the Team Manager, Ms Cyrena Yong.

Warm-up Time

Swimmers are advised to arrive at the pool for warm-up before 6:45 am. each morning as the meet starts at 8 am.

Attire

The order of T-shirts to be worn are :
- Day 1, Friday  : 24 April, 2015 (Blue)
- Day 2, Saturday : 25 April, 2015 (White)
- Day 3, Sunday : 26 April, 2015 (Pink)

Swimmers are reminded not to wear caps that belong to other state or country.

Relay Events

Swimmers are reminded to swim their best times during the competition as relay selection will be based on the fastest times swum during the meet. Team members including parents are to sit together as a team to ease identification of swimmers for relay events.

School Leave Letter

Students who require school leave letter to apply leave from their respective schools can download the letter here.

Officials

The KL Team offcials are :
KL Head Coach : Coach Noel Bertwistle
Team Manager - Ms Cyrena Yong (017-2153122)
Chaperons - Mdm Poh Lin and Puan Suraya


KL Head Coach, Coach Noel drumming up some spirit with the KL swimmers

Qualifying Event

This competition has also been sanctioned by FINA as the qualifying event for the  FINA World Championship 2015 in Kazan and also the 39th SEA Age Group Swimming Championship in Myanmar 2015.

See qualifying times here.


Order of Events 








See more details of 51st MAG 2014.


GOOD LUCK TO ALL KL SWIMMERS!


Interim Change of Swimming Schedule - 23-26 April, 2015




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