Friday, 29 November 2019

A sweet success for IBSC in successfully retaining the President Cup champion trophy in the 38th National Inter-Club Swimming Championships 2019

Among all the 40 participating clubs, IBSC tops the Championship with 1,158 total points, followed by DSAS Swim Club with 1,090.50 points and PADE-SuperSharkz Swimming Club at 899 points, in last week's National Inter-Club Meet.

All IBSC swimmers have played their role in contributing to the collective success to win this year’s President Cup again, continuously for the 3rd year in a row after a break in 2016.

Such great feat couldn't have been achieved, without the hard work of the coaches and support teams. Their continuous solid support and encouragement throughout the 3-day stiff competition were exemplary.

Medal contributors are worth-mentioning below, although we could not cover all of them.

Muhammad Dhuha Bin Zulfikry, from Group 4 boys, swam with confidence to grab the first individual gold medal for the club in the 50m butterfly and also breaking the meet record (held by Tetsuharu Dohi at 30.79 since 2016) with his impressive new PB of 30.11, setting the right momentum for the team. He continued to deliver 5 more individual gold medals in 100m breaststroke (PB 1:20.68), 50m backstroke (PB 33.24), 100m butterfly (breaking meet record with PB 1:07.56), 100m freestyle (PB 1:02.70) and 100m backstroke (PB 1:13.72). Dhuha continued to add a bronze medal to his collection in 50m freestyle (PB 29.53) giving a total of 7 individual medals.

His brother, Muhammad Arif Bin Zulfikry, from Group 3 boys, also showed great achievement by delivering 3 bronze medals for 50m freestyle (PB 26.72), 100m freestyle (PB 57.90) and 100m backstroke (PB 1:07.84).

For Group 1 Boys, Bryan Leong, delivered 2 gold medals for 100m butterfly (PB 55.00) and 50m freestyle (23.95). With new PB 55.00s he broke the meet record for the 100m butterfly (MR 56.32s since 2013) and he only missed by 0.01s to break the 50m freestyle meet record. His impressive performance continued by clinching a bronze medal for 100m freestyle. Meanwhile, Low Ken Ji, also from the same age group, had beaten all his comrades for the 100m freestyle to nab the individual gold medal with a new PB of 52.97. Nonetheless, Bryan, Farhan Andi Maroef, Xiang Zhi all contributed strong points in this event.

Group 2 Girls proved to be strong as well, lead by Ng Zi Syuen, total of 5 medals, contributing 3 silver medals in 100m breaststroke (PB 1:16.99), 50m backstroke (PB 32.35) and 100m backstroke (PB 1:10.73). She also gave us 2 bronze medal for 50m breaststroke (PB 36.57) and 50m freestyle (PB 28.46). She is an all rounder. 

Group 3 Girls was led by Lee Wei Wen having bagged 6 individual medals - 2 gold for 100m butterfly (PB 1:09.85) and 50m freestyle (PB 27.90); 2 silver for 50m butterfly (PB 31.41) and 100m freestyle (1:01.71) and 2 bronze. 

For the age 11-12 boys, Ng Chong Cheng (total 5 individual medals) brought home 2 individual gold medals - one for 50m backstroke (PB 29.77) and another for breaking the Daniel Bego’s (26.06 *2002) meet record of 50m freestyle (PB 25.80); and plus 3 silver medals for 100m backstroke (PB 1:07.66), 50m backstroke (PB 33.20) and 100m freestyle (PB 57.87)

We are blessed to have our seniors swimmers joining the Open category. IBSC senior and national swimmer, Keith Lim himself delivered an outstanding performance with 2 individual gold medal won for Men Open 50m butterfly and 50m backstroke.  

Steve Khiew, on the other hand swam up to higher category in open and still managed to deliver gold medal for 100m backstroke (PB 58.50) and silver medal for 100m freestyle. 

Hollymax Bell, grabbed 4 individual bronze medals for Men Open 50m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 50m breaststroke and 100m backstroke.

IBSC seniors contributing massive points to the Club

It was a real pumped-up excitement for the 4x100m Freestyle Mixed Relay event, for  both swimmers and parents present. Our IBSC Boys 17 and Under relay team comprises of Lay Kye Xern, Muhammad Dhuha Zulfikry, Muhammad Arif Zulfikry and Low Ken Ji; improved the best time at 3:48.88 and contributed gold medal. On the other hand, IBSC Girls 17 and Under relay team consists of Ng Zi Syuen, Shelly Ting, Karla Lim and Lee Wei Wen though they recorded a slower time of 4:22.04 after PADE-SuperSharkz and DSAS Swim Club, still managed to contribute to bronze medal.

The girls and boys relay teams

I would like to congratulate all the swimmers who have given their best performance for the three days and salute to all coaches for your outstanding commitment in supporting your swimmers. 

I also would like to thank the team manager Mr Vincent Low, Asst Team Manager Mr Ho and chaperones Mdm Yen Ling and Mdm Zaszima for their support and patience in managing the swim team. Thank you also to Ms Nancy for your good advice and encouragement and to all parents for your full cooperation from Day 1 until the end. 

Farouq Affandi
Asst Team Manager

Great team work from the Team Managers and assistants
See Photos Gallery (credit to Mr CK Wong)

Sunday, 24 November 2019

IBSC retains the President Cup championship trophy for 2019!

BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Team IBSC for achieving top points in the 38th National Inter-Club Swimming Championships 2019 for the President Cup.

IBSC retains the Championship Trophy once more with many senior swimmers backing up the team. We collected 1158 points  to remain on top for the 3 days stiff competition at Shah Alam, which ended today.

More reports to follow.....

See Full Results of President Cup 2019.

Sunday, 10 November 2019

IBSC swimmers and parents benefited from mental health talk by En. Akif Basri

In a bit to create awareness on the importance of mental health to our swimmers, the club has today arranged a talk by clinical psychologist, En. Akif Basri at Cheras pool.

The session began with a minute of silence devoted to the late Ayrton Lim, a Sarawak swimmer who had suffered from depression lately. Participants also wore green ribbons in support of Mental Health awareness.

En. Akif shared with swimmers as well as parents, some in sights of the illness, recognising the symptoms and how to cope with our daily stress, anxiety and high expectations in life. Parents are also given tips on how to empathise with sufferers, not to be judgmental, be a good listener and how to care for those affected.

IBSC appreciates the talk by En. Akif on a pro-bono basis and hopes that the swimming community will be more aware of the issues plaguing our society in this modern world.

If you have any question pertaining to the issue of mental health, En. Akif can be contacted via email at

Swimmers participated in the Q&A sessions in understanding more about mental illness
En. Akif Basri (second from right) was presented with a token gift after the talk by Ms Nancy Yap, Hon. Secretary of the Club together with Coach Shazali.

ASUM/NSC/MILO Junior Splash, Leg 2 Achievements

The 2019 ASUM/NSC/MILO Junior Splash, Leg 2 has just concluded last Monday 4th November 2019 at Pusat Akuatik Hang Jebat, Melaka.

With the absent of a number of strong swimmers for this outstation meet, IBSC swimmers still managed to earn commendable second place in overall points for this 3 days event.

Teo Zun Jet, 12 amassed the highest point for our club by winning 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze for his individual events. He was also one of the great contributors by helping his team mates to sweep all the 4 Gold in Group 3 Boys Team Relay Events.

Zun Jet with his relay team mates, Aniq, Brendon Wong and David Lee
Our well known pocket rocket swimmer, Yap Zhen Kok, once again proved to us that size doesn’t matter when he clinched 2 Silver and 4 Bronze in his individual events. He later made a clean sweep for all the 3 Gold medal in Group 5 Boys Relay Events with his team mates Gabriel Kwong, Ashton Low and Choo Diven. Bravo Zhen Kok.

Zhen Kok proudly posting with Coach Daniel
From Left : Ashton Low, Gabriel Kwong, Zhen Kok & Choo Diwen
Choo Diwen, 8, displayed his superb performance in his breast stroke with his achievement of Silver in 100m Breast and Bronze in 50m Breast.

Aniq Muqri, 12 displayed awesome power in his swimming ability when he claimed 3 Silver in his individual events, 50 Breast, 50 Free and 100 Breast.

Aniq Muqri

Our PRAKL female swimmer, Teo Sze Hui, 14 clinched Silver in her favourite 100 Breast and 2 Bronze in 50 Breast and 100 Back. Her focus training proved to have paid off.

Teo Sze Hui
Mr Teo Jr proudly posting with daughter, Sze Hui 

Up-coming performer Jolin Ong Shuk Xien, 14, another pint sized female swimmer, displayed her real potentials in the pool when she won Silver in 50 Breast and Bronze in 100 Breast. 

Jolin Ong

Meanwhile, David Lee Boon Wei, 11 did excellently well in the Boys Group 3 200IM event by winning the Bronze medal with a new PB’s of 2:38.83. His superb performance proved that being a year disadvantage is no barrier to him.

Lee Boon Yao David showing off his hard earned medals

Chan Xian Ang, 12 clinched an unexpected Bronze in Boys Group 3 50m Butterfly with a new PB’s of 30.42.

Chan Xian Ang

Our future star Gabriel Kwong, 7 managed to beat his senior rivals and clinched Silver in his favourite event 50m Fly in Boys Group 5.

Gabriel Kwong

Ho Jia Xuen, 10 having a good advantage in his heights, won Bronze in his 100m Breast and shaved his PB’s to 1:26.04. He later teamed up with his mates, Chin Yu Kean, Matthew Goo and Lem Yi Chern to win 2 Silver and 1 Bronze in the Boys Group 4 Team Relay Events.

Ho Jia Xuen

Congratulations to all the medalists and those swimmers who managed to improve their PBs. Swimmers achievements are tabulated below.

Once again I would like to take this opportunity to thank our coaches, Coach Kamal and Coach Daniel Lee, Team Manager Mr. Ho, Chaperone Madam Lily and all parents who supported the team in this event whole-heartedly and made it a successful one. Cheers!

Assistant Team Manager,

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Invite to PRAKL Age Group Swimming Championship 2020

Dear All,

Please be informed that invite has been received for the annual meet on PRAKL Age Group Swimming Championship 2020 from Persatuan Renang Amatur Kuala Lumpur.

Date                                :   10th - 12th January, 2020 (Fri - Sun)
Venue                             :    Kuala Lumpur Swimming Complex,
                                            Jalan Yaacob Latif, Bandar Tun Razak, K.Lumpur
Organizer                        :    Kuala Lumpur Amateur Swimming Association  (KLASA)
Rules                               :    FINA Rules applies
Date of Age Reckoning  :    1st January, 2020
Entry Closing Date         :    13th December, 2019
Team Manager Meeting :    9th January, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
Entries                             :   No limit to the number of swimmers or events
Qualifying Times            :   None
Penalty Imposed             :   RM25/event for unscratched events
Qualifying Meet to          :   56th Malaysia Invitational Age Group Swimming Championship 2020

Please download invite and documents here.

Entry form for IBSC swimmers is due on or before  9 December, 2019.

In order to register for the competition, IBSC Entry Form must be accompanied by 2020 Membership Renewal Form.

Also note that the above is a qualifying meet to the Malaysia Invitational Age Group Swimming Championship 2020 for Group 4, 3, 2, 1 and Open.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

IBSC facilitated swim camp for Xiamen University swimmers

Students from Xiamen University Swim Club had an awesome outing last Sunday 20 Oct 2019, when they had a swim camp at Cheras pool, which was conducted on a complimentary basis by IBSC coaches.

The camp also included a day of training the day before on 19 Oct 2019 at Xiamen University pool in Sepang, where IBSC coaches introduced stroke drills, land exercise and swimming rules.

Swimmers ranging from beginners and intermediate levels have some good swimming and dry land sessions under the tutelage of Coach Shazali and Coach Kamal. They were also assisted by some IBSC senior swimmers.

Certificate of appreciation presented by Xiamen University Malaysia to IBSC

See more photos via link below

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