|Desmond leading the contingent with Jalur Gemilang|
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|
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|
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)
AmInvest Services Bhd
Green Cotton Sdn Bhd
Ikonic Concepts Sdn Bhd (Speedo)
Ellene Party Friends
Symphony Printing Sdn Bhd
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.