Wednesday, 17 September 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
Organisers : 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 your reference, you can view last year's results for the President Cup 2013.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

The Star : School won’t release swimmer Ching Hwang for Asiad


National swimmer Lim Ching Hwang has not been released by his school Ohio State University, to compete at the Incheon Asian Games beginning Sept 19. - Filepic

PETALING JAYA: It was a dream come true for swimmer Lim Ching Hwang when he began the first day of his first year at the Ohio State University (OSU) on Aug 27.

But that joy soon turned sour when the 18-year-old was told by OSU swimming head coach Bill Wadley that he would not be released for the Asian Games, to be held in Incheon, South Korea, from Sept 19-Oct 4.

Asian Youth Games champion Ching Hwang is slated to compete in several individual freestyle events as well as anchoring the national quartet in the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relay races.

Ching Hwang, who flew directly to the United States from Nanjing after the Youth Olympic Games on Aug 24, confirmed that he will not be making his Asiad debut.

Malaysia will now withdraw from the two relay events. As such, two swimmers – Alwyn Tan and Vernon Lee – can forget about their Incheon trip because they did not qualify for any individual events.

“Yes, I won’t be going to the Asian Games,” said Ching Hwang from the US.

“It was a hard decision to make ... as it affects my other team-mates – Vernon and Alwyn. I want to apologise to them.

“The head coach has insisted that I stay because I’ve just enrolled and the first semester will be very challenging.

“I understand why the varsity didn’t want to release me. It’s for my own good.

“I only arrived two weeks ago ... it’s important for me to settle down and get used to the routine here first as everything is still new to me.

“I will go back next time. I will never say no to representing Malaysia.”

Ching Hwang is pursuing an economics degree, which will take four to five years to complete.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Team Briefing for 3rd Sel Short Course Sprint Invitational Swimming Championship 2014

Dear IBSC swimmers,

Please be informed there is a Team Briefing for IBSC swimmers who are registered for the 3rd Selangor ARENA Short Course Sprint Invitational Swimming Championship 2014 which is scheduled on 12-14 September, 2014 as follows :-

Date : 9 Sept, 2014 (Tuesday)
Time : 9:00 pm.
Venue : Cheras swimming pool

Swimmers are encouraged to attend the briefing especially those who have not done a short course sprint competition before. School leave letters and your PBs in converted short course time will be distributed during the meeting.

Thank you.

Masron Mohamad
Team Manager

Thursday, 4 September 2014

The Star : Asum in Ching Hwang dilemma


PETALING JAYA: Malaysia may be forced to withdraw from the men’s freestyle relay swimming events at the Incheon Asian Games.

Lim Ching Hwang is currently in Colorado to pursue his higher education studies. - filepic

It’ll all depend on the availability of Asian Youth Games 200m freestyle gold medallist Lim Ching Hwang.

The 18-year-old is in the United States to pursue his higher studies at a university in Colorado.

The Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) are trying to get the university to allow him to go for the Asiad.

If Ching Hwang is unable to make it, then Malaysia will have to withdraw from both the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relay events.

“We have to get the permission from not only his university coach but also the head of academic studies,” said Asum secretary Edwin Chong.

“We are still negotiating. But if he can’t go, we’ll have to make changes.”

Asum decided to send only five male and two female swimmers to the Asian Games this time. Besides Ching Hwang, the other male swimmers entered are Kevin Yeap, Welson Sim, Vernon Lee and Alwyn Tan while Chui Lai Kwan and Khoo Cai Lin are the two women swimmers.

If Malaysia were to pull out, it will be loss – especially as the 4x200m quartet of Welson, Kevin, Ching Hwang and Vernon stand a good chance of making the final and even claim a top-five finish in Incheon.

The quartet have done well to improve on their national record five times over the past 12 months – including breaking the national record twice in a day en route to finishing seventh at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games last month.

In Guangzhou four years ago, the quartet of Kevin, Foo Jian Beng, Daniel Bego and Kevin Lim managed to finish sixth.

If Malaysia were to withdraw from the two relay events, then Alwyn and Vernon may not get to go to Incheon as they did not qualify for any individual event.

Inaugural Merdeka Swimathon brought funds and fun to IBSC

Desmond leading the contingent with Jalur Gemilang
31 August, 2014 was a memorable day as it was IBSC's first Merdeka Swimthon held to raise funds for the club's activities and also to empower the needy swimmers to live better through sports. The event was jointly organised with Persatuan Renang Amatur Kuala Lumpur at Kompleks Renang Kuala Lumpur.

It was a day apt to celebrate Independence Day too to instill the patriotism spirit amongst the youngsters. The pre-comp swimmers have a chance to display their kicking skill while parading in water and they had much fun flagging their mini Jalur Gemilang across the pool. Our PRAKL and IBSC President, Mr Teo Mua Seng officiated the opening ceremony accompanied by a loud horn sounded by Mr Wong Kam Yuen, the Vice President of IBSC.

Pre-comp swimmers kicking in the pool with their flags in the opening parade
Mr Teo waving the flag signifying the opening ceremony of Merdeka Swimathon

Prior to the event, swimmers were well committed to look for contributors to sponsor their long distance swim and some have managed to raise handsome amount of funds by returning more than one pledge cards allocated to them.

The top fund raisers receiving token of appreciation; from left Yap Li Wen (second), Liew Qiao Yin (first) and Nurlatifa (third)

Participants fulfilled their pledges by swimming any event they challenge themselves and some even swam beyond the 2km mark. The only one who could resist the most number of laps within the set timeframe of 45 minutes was Desmond Ng, 14, who continued to swim past the 2km mark to eventually reach 3.35km in the last seconds. He did that not only in his freestyle but also changed to butterfly stroke in the last few laps to the awe of the spectators.

From left, Jackson Khiew (silver), Desmond Ng (gold) and Tan Ei Siang (bronze) in the senior boys category

The fellow compatriot who trailed Desmond was Jackson Khiew who eventually stopped short of a minute to do 3.2km to claim the silver trophy in the senior boys category. The bronze went to Tan Ei Siang who did 2.1km in a faster time.

The senior girls category was won by Chong Yong Qi who challenged herself in the 2km race where she swam another 4 extra laps to stop at 2.2km winning herself a golden trophy. The second and third place fell to Amanda Grace Nunis and Nurlatifa respectively who both did the 1.5km circuit.

Senior girls champions, from left, Amanda, Chong Yong Qi and Nurlatifa

Junior boys winners, Sharizan Shazali, Ng Kai Wen and Jason Ng
The other long distance medallists are :

Junior Boys (2km)
1) Gold - Ng Kai Wen
2) Silver - Sharizan Shazali
3) Bronze - Jason Ng

Junior Girls (800m)
1) Gold - See Zhi-Syuen
2) Silver - Ashley Ting Xin Rui
3) Bronze - Pun Pei Jin

Junior girls winners, from left, Ashley Ting, See Zhi-Syuen and Pun Pei Jin

Elsa led the face painting team

While their seniors swam, the younger kids immersed themselves into fun games at the carnival booths set up by the volunteers. The face painting and paddle boats proved to be a hit among the patrons especially the younger clients refusing to give up their paddling activity until marshals need to be deployed to pull them back ashore.

Paddling fun with boats sponsored by a parent
The Wheel of Fortune attracted many players, with first prize being free renewal of IBSC membership for 2015

The highlight of the event was the parents and water-bomb relays. It was really very exciting to watch parents swimming along with their children. There were 8 family teams with rather unique team names spanning from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Ninja Dolphins, but the relay teams who came in first were :

1) Gold - Team Kingfisher (The Ng Family)
2) Silver - Team Sambal Belacan (The Soon Family)
3) Bronze - Team Kiara (The Bukit Kiara swimmers)

Parents and children relay underway
Family/adult relay teams

For the water-bomb relays, the kids were allocated into 8 mixed relay teams. They raced with the water-bombs in their hands at the diving pool in all sorts of humorous style and manner just to make sure the water balloons do not burst. The water-bomb relays were won by :

1) Gold - Red Team
2) Silver - Pink Team
3) Bronze - Blue Team

Kids were all excited to swim with their water-bombs that could burst any minute
Water balloons reaching safely
Water-bomb mixed relay team winners
The event came to a close with the prize presentations and luck draws. The lucky draw prizes were sponsored by MILO, SPEEDO and some parents.

IBSC wishes to extend its sincere appreciation to the following sponsors for making the event a successful one :

VGO Global (Madwave)
Nova Nutritional Supplies Sdn Bhd (Horleys)
Nestle Products Sdn Bhd (MILO)
Taragon Group
AmInvest Services Bhd
Green Cotton Sdn Bhd
Ikonic Concepts Sdn Bhd (Speedo)

Ellene Party Friends
Symphony Printing Sdn Bhd
Delihotzz Cafe

Also, most deeply valued is the unreserved contributions from the parents and support team including coaches and lifeguards rendering their help in the Swimathon under the hot sun. Without the effort of the volunteers, the event cannot be that smooth sailing. Thumbs-up to all!

This year's Swimathon is a small in-house event which is also a good platform for bonding amongst the families, trainees and support team. Hopefully, next year we will have a bigger do.

Enjoy the photos!

Pre-comp kids couldn't stop twisting their body to the beat of the ice-breaking dance music
En. Mutalib and Pak Andi buzy being the Marshals
Merdeka celebration wouldn't be complete without a cake ...
Swimmers did the ice-breaking dance to warm themselves up, led by a group of mothers
Swimmers had a fun time
Mr Teo congratulating Desmond for his marathon swim
The trophies and medals are sponsored by Madwave

Hundred of photos can be viewed at IBSC Gallery, thanks to Mr KC Neo and Mr WK Ng for capturing these golden moments for all to treasure.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The Star : Welson, a swimmer in the fast lane to success


LIFE was tough for national swimmer Welson Sim when he was a child.

Welson Sim showing off the host of medals and awards he has won in his young swimming career. - Filepic

Diagnosed with asthma in his early childhood, he had to take things easy and not exert himself.

Luckily for him, his mother introduced him to swimming when he was 10 years old. And the rest, as they say, is history.

“I was asthmatic when I was young and my mom wanted me to do something to overcome it,” recalled the 17-year-old Welson.

“She told me to take up swimming ... I gave it a try and it worked wonders!

“Over the years, my asthmatic condition got better and now I’m cured.

“Being an asthma patient should not stop anyone from living actively or competing at the highest level in sports. I’m a living proof.”

Welson took to swimming like a duck to water, showcasing his talent by mastering all four strokes in just six months.

By the time he turned 12, he was in the Sarawak state swimming team.

The Kota Samarahan lad did not take long to establish himself as a rising star in the national scene.

In 2012, at the age of 15, Welson came of age.

He made a big splash in the 14-16 age-category at the National Schools (MSSM) swimming championships by bagging six gold medals.

A month later, he impressed at the national age group championships – bagging another six gold medals. He also set a new meet record in the 200m freestyle, clocking 1:57.84 to erase the previous mark of 1:58.24 set by another Sarawak star, Daniel Bego, in 2004.

“It (2012) was a fantastic year for me as I did very well in both the MSSM and national age group championships. It gave me a lot of confidence heading into the Pahang Sukma that year. Although I was up against older opponents, I still managed to pick up two silvers and one bronze,” said Welson.

Welson’s exploits did not go unnoticed. In 2013, he earned a national call-up. Under the astute guidance of national coach Paul Birmingham, Welson continued to improve by leaps and bounds.

He became a regular in the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay quartet and was involved in all the five national record-breaking feats over the past 12 months.

The quartet also won a gold at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Palembang, Indonesia, and a silver at the Myanmar SEA Games last year.

At last month’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the four improved the national record twice in a day. They clocked 7:26:98 in the heats and 7:26.74 to finish seventh in the final.

The quartet are now bound for the Incheon Asian Games in South Korea from Sept 19-Oct 4 and they will be seeking to rewrite the national record again.

At the recently-concluded Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in China, Welson earned his first individual national record when he clocked 8:15.84 in the 800m freestyle to smash Kevin Yeap’s mark of 8:18.79 set at the 2011 World Championships in Rome.

Despite all his accomplishments in the 18 months with the national team, Welson is adamant that he has achieved nothing yet.

“I’m not satisfied yet ... I’m hungry for more success. I’m pretty sure every swimmer has an ultimate goal. My aim is to compete in the Olympics,” he said.

“I hope to realise my dream at the 2016 Rio Games. If not, then I’ll target Tokyo 2020.

“Before calling it quits one day, I’d love to leave a legacy by breaking all the national freestyle records.”

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Star : There’s more to come from swimmer Welson


PETALING JAYA: Youngster Welson Sim is convinced that there is still plenty more to come from him after he impressed at last week’s Nanjing Youth Olympic Games (YOG) swimming competition.

Welson may have failed to make the finals in the three freestyle events – 200m, 400m and 800m – but, as far as his performance is concerned, the 17-year-old from Samarahan, Sarawak, has certainly showed lots of promise.

Welson smashed senior team-mate Kevin Yeap’s national record in the 800m freestyle by clocking 8:15.84. It wiped out Kevin’s previous mark of 8:18.79 set at the 2011 World Championships in Rome.

He also went on to improve on his personal best in both of the 200m and 400m freestyle events.

Welson dipped below 1:52 for the first time in 200m event by posting 1:51.99 and shaved almost three seconds off from his previous personal best to clock a brilliant 3:55.72 in the 400m distance. The time was not far away from the national record of 3:53.26 held by Kevin.

“I only thought about hitting my personal best times. It (the 800m freestyle record) was totally unexpected,” said Welson in a telephone interview from Nanjing.

“One national record and two personal bests ... I really couldn’t ask for more. I’m pleased with how things have gone in my YOG debut.

“But it’s the 1,500m distance, for which I have a personal best of 15:47, that really matters. Like Kevin, we are working really hard towards ending Jeffrey Ong’s long-standing national record of 15:23.61 (set in 1991).”

Welson, who was promoted to the national elite squad last year, has been touted as the next big thing in long distance swimming for Malaysia after Kevin.

Welson has also established himself as a regular member in the national quartet for relay events for the past one year, and was part of team who set a new national record in the 4x200m freestyle at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games early this month.

For now, all he is interested in is to do well in the Incheon Asian Games next month.

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.

The Star : Only seven swimmers picked for Asiad


KUALA LUMPUR: Only seven swimmers will compete in next month’s Incheon Asian Games in South Korea.

The seven selected are five members of the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay squad – Kevin Yeap, Lim Ching Hwang, Welson Sim, Vernon Lee and reserve Alywn Tan. The two women picked are Khoo Cai Lin and Chui Lai Kwan.

Kevin, Ching Hwang, Welson and Vernon broke the national record twice en route to reaching the 4x200m freestyle final in Glasgow. They finished seventh and were ahead of rivals Singapore.

Kevin Yeap is among the seven selected for the five-man 4x200m freestyle relay squad.

The seven will go under Category A, meaning the expenses will be borne by the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM).

Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) secretary Edwin Chong said the six juniors – double SEA Games champion Christina Loh, Yap Siew Hui, Erika Kong, Nadia Adrianna Redza, Shaun Yap and Tern Jian Han – who competed in the Commonwealth Games failed to make the cut.

“They did not swim anywhere near their personal best times, so we cannot consider them for the Asiad,” added Edwin.

For diving, Malaysia will be entering nine competitors.

Commonwealth Games 3m springboard champion Ooi Tze Liang will lead the men’s squad. The others are Chew Yi Wei and Ahmad Amsyar.

The women divers picked are Pandelela Rinong, Leong Mun Yee, Wendy Ng Yan Yee, Cheong Jun Hoong, Loh Zhiayi and Nur Dhabitah Sabri.

Malaysia will also be represented in the duet event in synchronised swimming. The three selected are Tasha Jane, Katrina Ann Hadi and Lee Yhing Huey.

“We are not expecting a medal from them. We are sending a team as they need to prepare for the 2016 Rio Olympic qualifiers. Many of the judges will be on duty at the Asiad and we need to expose our synchronised swimmers to them,” said Edwin.

Monday, 18 August 2014

The Star : Swimmer Welson sets new PB in Youth Olympics

PETALING JAYA: There were no medals to show on the first day but national junior shuttlers Cheam June Wei and Lee Ying Ying got off to a fine start at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.

June Wei, a quarter-finalist at the World Junior Championships this year disposed off Nepal’s Dipesh Dhami 21-13, 21-11 in 27 minutes in his opening men’s singles Group C match on Sunday.

The 17-year-old faces Thailand’s Mek Narongrit on Monday. June Wei will need to win all his matches as only the winner of the group moves onto the quarter-finals.

Ying Ying also chalked up an easy 21-13, 21-6 victory over Austria’s Janine Lais in her singles opening Group H match. Ying Ying takes on Katrina Beton of Slovenia on Monday.

June Wei and Ying Ying also saw action in the mixed doubles event.

June Wei partnered Hong Kong’s Ng Tsz Yau to beat the Austria-Mexico pair of Wolfgang Gnedt and Sabrina Martinez 21-12, 21-9 in Group C while in Group D, Ying Ying and Taiwan’s Lu Chia-hung fought back from a game down to beat Vietnamese-Turkish pair Pham Cao Cuong-Aliye Demirbag 19-21, 21-9, 21-17.

At the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, swimmer Welson Sim clocked a new personal best of 3:55.72 in the men’s 400m freestyle.

The 17-year-old Sarawakian shaved more than three seconds off his old time of 3:59.21. He missed out on the final as his time was only good enough for fifth place in his heat.

Malaysian swimmer Welson Sim broke his personal best time in the 400m freestyle at the Youth Olympics in China on Sunday. - Filepic

Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk took the gold in 3:49.76 ahead of El Salvador’s Marcelo Alberto Acosta (3:51.32) and Norway’s Henrik Christiansen (3:51.55).

Meanwhile in artistic gymnastics, Jeremiah Loo scored 77.025 to finish 16th in the men’s individual all-around during the qualification competition.

The 16-year-old who trains at the Tuo Dong Ti Yu Guan school in Kunming, China finished ninth in the pommel horse (13.500) and sixth in parallel bars (13.575) behind top performers Ukraine’s Vladyslav Hryko (14.150) and Britain’s Giarnni Regini-Moran (14.30) respectively.

Jeremiah finished 18th in the floor (13.150), 20th in the horizontal bars (12.500), 30th in the rings (11.500) and scored 12.800 in the vault to finish 36th.

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