KUCHING: Sarawak are hoping to fare better in the Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia-Wushu Federation of Malaysia (KPM-WFM) Wushu Championship in Kuala Lumpur from March 23 to 27.
Head coach Ling Ung Hee said the state are sending 22 athletes including five from the Sukma team.
“We will be banking on the Sukma athletes to deliver the medals while some younger athletes are also expected to win something,” she told thesundaypost during a training session at the Wushu Federation of Sarawak premises at Tabuan Laru yesterday.
Her gold medal hopes rest on Sukma athletes Elvic Bong Qian Zheng who won two golds and one silver at the last KPM meet in Penang last year, Lee Hui Xian who is now with the national wushu back-up squad at Bukit Jalil and Yong Arifah Khairul Kok who gave last year’s meet a miss due to her examination.
Another Sukma athlete Stephanie Ngu Chai Ern will be looking to make up for her disappointing show last year while an improvement is also expected from Mandy Lim Xin Hui.
Other members of the Sarawak team are Kee Jia Ke, Landy Liew Jia Yee, Eth Elbert Howell Liew Louis, Edison Wong Sing Yew, Anselym Owen Lo Yen Qi, Edwin Wong Sing Yew, Elvin Mackarther, Johan Wong Wei Xiang, Vaness Lim Song Yi, Andra Chan Zhi Zheng, Belda Chan Zhi Yi, Elizabeth Beckxia, Einstein Chin Yee Ge, Lai Yun Yi, Fong Chai Xin and Mo Shin Qi.
Assisting Ling is MSNS coach Lau Hui Wei and the other team officials are team manager Tiong Yong Hee and Sarawak Sukma head coach Yoong Thong Foong who will not only be assisting Ling but also as one of the selectors of the potential athletes for the national team to the World Junior Wushu Championship.
For the record, Sarawak finished in sixth place after capturing three gold, two silver and six bronze medals at Han Chiang High School Indoor Stadium in Penang last year.
December 3, 2016, Saturday
KUCHING: Upcoming athlete Mok Xiao Yuan from Wushu Federation of Sarawak affiliate Piasau Zhong Hua Wushu Club impressed at the recent 6th Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia-Wushu Federation of Malaysia (KPM-WFM) Wushu Championship held in Penang.
The student from SMK St Columba captured one gold medal and one bronze medal to help Sarawak finish in sixth place with three gold, two silver and six bronze medals at Han Chiang High School Indoor Stadium.
Mok bagged the gold medal in the Boys B taijijian where he scored 8.35 points to beat seven other competitors while his bronze was won in Boys B taijijian.
“The state team was represented by three athletes from Miri Mok Xiao Yuan, Mo Shin Qi who is competing for the second time while Fu Sian Wei is making his debut in the meet,” said Piasau Zhong Hua Wushu Club secretary Jong Chin Wei.
According to him, Mok had done very well in the Miri Division Wushu Tournament organised by the club and he was roped into the state junior team for the KPM championship.
“After undergoing more than one month of intensive training at the state elite wushu training centre in Kuching under coaches Ling Ung Hee and Lau Hui Wei, the three Miri athletes improved greatly and were able to put on an encouraging display in the competition in Penang,” he added.
Jong said Mo, who is from SMK Pei Min, finished fifth in the Girls 42-style taijiquan and seventh in the Girls 42-style taijijian while 12-year old Fu, a student at SJK © Chung Hua Miri, was sixth in Boys nangun, seventh in foundation daoshu and ninth in the foundation qiangshu.
“Our coaches are very satisfied with their performance and we would like to thank WFS for grooming them and giving them the chance to compete in the national championship.
“I hope all our trainees will continue to train very hard so that they can be selected to represent the state in future competitions,” he said.
As a recognition for the achievement of the three state athletes, Jong said the club presented them with cash incentives and hoped it would motivate them to scale even greater heights in wushu.
November 6, 2016, Sunday
KUCHING: After bagging two bronze medals in Sukma XVIII in July this year as the youngest competitor, Stephanie Ngu Cai Ern has set her sights on a golden double at the KPM Wushu championship in Penang from Nov 18-20.
The 12-year old primary six pupil of SK Kenyalang is targeting to capture gold in her pet events – qiangshu and jianshu – in Girls Group C.
Sarawak’s future star from Sibu will also compete in changquan and group events during her second appearance in the national Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia (KPM) meet which was not held for two years.
“My target in the coming KPM meet is two gold medals and I am quite confident of achieving it,” said Stephanie continued in serious training after Sukma XVIII under MSNS elite coach Lau Hui Wei and Centre of Excellence coach Ling Ung Hee.
“At the KPM championship three years ago, I won a silver in Group C changquan and this time around I am looking for a better result,” said Stephanie, who is part of the 23-member Sarawak team managed by Tiong Yong Hee.
She took up wushu when she was in Primary One under Centre of Excellence Sibu coach Lam Chee Kiong.
Stephanie was transferred to Kuching in August last year to join the state wushu training programme for Sukma XVIII.
November 26, 2015, Thursday
KUCHING: Thirty-three athletes from various centres of excellence for wushu in the state are attending the Wushu Federation of Sarawak (WFS) workshop at WFS headquarters at Tabuan Laru from Nov 23 to Dec 23.
Among them are eight members of the Sukma back-up squad. The participants are from Kuching, Sibu, and Sarikei.
The workshop is conducted by Sarawak State Sports Council (MSNS) state coach Lau Hui Wei and also involved are MSNS centre of excellence Kuching coach Ling Ung Hee and Sibu coach Wong Hua Yiing.
“Components of this workshop are foundation wushu, mental and physical training as well as stretching,” said Lau yesterday.
Meanwhile, WFS deputy president James Ting said the workshop was beneficial to the development of wushu in Sarawak as a whole.
“Besides imparting of basic knowledge of wushu to the participants, the coaches from centres of excellence also benefit from the new knowledge and the application of sports science to wushu training. In a way, the course helps to upgrade their standard of coaching,” he said.
“We constantly need this kind of courses to upgrade the coaches’ standard.”
“We are also instilling discipline in the kids as wushu is one of the high performance sports where good discipline is a priority,” he added.
Apart from that, Ting said the participants also get the chance to build and strengthen teamwork and the course also aimed to build and enhance ties between the athletes and coaches.
He said the participants also get to know the requirements for athletes to be selected for the state Sukma squads.