Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Small team big win in 13th SICC, Singapore

The 13th SICC Invitational Swimming Championship 2017  has just ended last Sunday from 12th to 13th August 2017 at the prestigious Singapore Island Country Club.

Despite sending a small team of 18 swimmers to the competition, this is our best ever away meet as the team attained the most medals achievement. Team IBSC won 12 gold, 11 silver and 6 bronze in individual events and 2 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze in team relay events.

The biggest joy this year came from our young and talented swimmer, Muhamad Dhuha, 8, who made his first debut in SICC. He triumphed with 3 gold and 2 silver in his individual events and along the way smashed the meet record of 1:16.05 in 100m freestyle with an awesome PB of 1:13.15. Undoubtedly, he was conferred with the Age Group Champion for group 8 -9 boys.

Muhamad Dhuha

Another pleasant surprise came from our junior girl, Wong Joelyne, 7, who clinched 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bonze in her individual event and setting one new meet record in 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:54.92. She sliced off 6 seconds off her last PB and proved to everyone that size does not matter.

Petite Wong Joelyne may be youngest but proved to be toughest
Our Sri Lanka member, Fathima Azquiya, who has been competing under IBSC since 2015, continued her momentum by going all out to win 3 gold and 3 silver. Azquiya also rewrote the meet record of 34.61 in 50m backstroke  with a faster time of 34.47 even though it was not her personal best.

Azquiya all smiles with her achievement
Ian James Barr, who has competed in the first SICC meet 13 years ago, continued to bring more joy from the pool when he won 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze in the Boys 18 & Over category. He smashed 2 records in his highlights events of 50m and 100m backstroke. Ian motivated the kids a lot as he is also the accompanying coach leading the team this time.

Ian motivating his swimmers with more medals collection

Afiq Imran Bin Masron, a famous name in SICC competition, fought against stronger opponents from Sarawak State Swimming Council this year but his effort was not futile. He brought home 1 gold and 2 silver from his individual events utilising his summer holidays to the fullest.

Harry Chong, who made his second debut to this meet, only swam half day on Sunday after flying just in time from Kuala Lumpur. But the rush was well worth the effort as he was in time to grab a gold in 100m breaststroke and bronze medal in 100m freestyle, both with new PBs.

Oswin Wong, also made his second appearance to this meet, clinched an unexpected bronze in 50m freestyle. Meanwhile, Alif Idlan also secured a bronze in his favourite 100m butterfly event.

Oswin Wong

View full results here.

Congrats to all swimmers who did well in this outing. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the cooperation and supports given by the parents and swimmers, the selfless contribution from Coach Ian James Barr and my Assistant Team Manager, En. Masron.

CK Wong
Team Manager

Coach Ian motivated the kids as their idol
The most senior and most junior girls in Team IBSC

See photo album here.


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