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.
October 12, 2016, Wednesday
KUALA LUMPUR: Four Sarawakians have made it to the national squad for the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur next year.
Loh Jack Chang and Gjblehem Bong Teck Fuu (men) and Audrey Chan Yee Jo and Diana Bong Siong Lin (women) were among the 17 athletes who attended the second phase of the selection trial at the National Sports Council (MSN) gym at Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur last Friday.
Others selected were Wong Weng Son, Yeap Wai Kin, Khaw Jun Lim, Ho Mun Hua, Loh Choon How (men), Tan Cheong Min, Tai Cheau Xuen, Phoon Eyin, Aggie Cheah Ruey Shin, Loh Ying Ting and Chan Lu Yi (women).
One athlete withdrew from the selection while two others were dropped.
Most of the candidates on trial have just represented Malaysia at the recent Asian Wushu Championship in Taiwan where they captured one gold, four silver and three bronze medals.
Wushu Federation of Malaysia coaches and selection chairman James Ting headed the selection panel which comprised Yoong Thong Foong, China coach Zhou Bin, Tan Ching Fung, Lim Yew Fai and Wong Wai Ching.
“The national squad for SEA Games comprising six men and six women will be finalised after the final selection in February next year,” said Ting after the Federation’s committee meeting here on Sunday.
Ting, also Wushu Federation of Sarawak deputy president and head coach, said this was the most transparent selection in the country’s wushu history.
“We want to ensure that only the best athletes will represent the country in international competitions and there is no bias in the selection process.
“The members of the selection panel sat down to analyse and discuss the performance of all athletes in the selection trial and we have a unanimous decision on selecting the 15 athletes,” said Ting.
According to him, there are some athletes who have been in the national squad for quite some time and they may have to make way for the upcoming athletes.
September 17, 2016, Saturday
KUCHING: SJK Chung Hua Miri and SMK St Columba emerged the primary schools and secondary schools overall champions of the 3rd Zhong Hua Wushu CH Cup Interschool Open Tournament at SMK Chung Hua Miri last Sunday (Sept 11).
SJK Chung Hua Miri captured seven gold, five silver, nine bronze medals and two fourth places to finish ahead of SJK Chung Hua Krokop (2-3-1 tally and three 4th places), SJK Chung Hua San Riam (3 gold and four 4th places) and SK St Joseph (two gold).
Secondary schools champions SMK St Columba won 10 gold, five silver, one bronze medals and two 4th places, followed by SMK Chung Hua Miri (6-6-1), SMK Pei Min (5-2-0) and Riam Road Secondary School with two gold.
The other team in the primary schools fray are SJK Chung Hua Pujut while the competition also attracted athletes from Kelab Wushu Permai Timur (Sibu) and Kelab Wushu Rajang Sibu and Kelab Wushu Jelutong Sarikei.
Organised by Piasau Zhong Hua Wushu Club and sanctioned by Wushu Federation of Sarawak (WFS) with support from Sarawak Schools Sports Council and the Sarawak Education Department, the competition was to unearth new talents as well as selecting state athletes for the KPM Wushu Championship in Penang in November.
WFS president Allen Wong Siew Poh, who is also Wushu Federation of Malaysia president and president of Piasau Zhong Hua Wushu Club, closed the event and gave away the prizes.
He urged politicians, corporate sector, schools and the public to strongly support Piasau Zhong Hua Wushu Club as it is the only channel for wushu athletes in Miri to be selected to the state team for national competitions such as KPM, National Championship and Sukma.