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.
January 4, 2017, Wednesday
KUCHING: Kejayaannya pada Kejuaraan Muaythai Majlis Sukan Wilayah Persekutuan (MSWP) di Kuala Lumpur menjadi penyuntik semangat kepada Pratasarthee Punniyamoorthy menjalani latihan insentif di Thailand tidak lama lagi.
Juara Pro Belt Kebangsaan 2015 itu mempamerkan aksi cemerlang dalam ‘Cabaran Tali Pinggang Kejuaran MSWP’ – antara empat yang dipertandingkan di Stadium Titiwangsa pada hujung minggu lalu.
Kejuaraan tersebut adalah anjuran Persatuan Muaythai Kuala Lumpur dengan kerjasama MSWP dan Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL).
Pratasarthee, 15, berjaya menumpaskan pesaing tuan rumah, Azim Red Army melalui kiraan mata setelah berhempas-pulas sepanjang lima pusingan.
“Tiada kata-kata yang dapat saya gambarkan selain berasa amat gembira dengan kemenangan ini.
Namun, saya sedar kejayaan ini datang bersama tanggungjawab untuk menjadi lebih baik pada perlawanan akan datang.
“Saya ingin menyatakan rasa terhutang budi kepada ibu bapa, keluarga, jurulatih dan rakan-rakan sepasukan yang banyak menyokong dan berkorban untuk saya mencapai apa yang disasarkan selama ini dalam sukan muaythai,” kata pelajar SMK Pending itu di sini semalam.
Mengenai latihan di Thailand, Pratasarthee merakamkan penghargaan kepada Persatuan Muaythai Negeri Sarawak (PMNS) serta kelabnya, SS Fighters atas peluang tersebut.
“Sudah tentu saya ingin menimba sebanyak mungkin ilmu dan teknik-teknik perlawanan di negara kelahiran muaythai itu.
Ini merupakan peluang sangat bermakna buat diri saya,” katanya.
Pratasarthee, Ayu Arynafa’iza Azmi dan Shafiq Rushidi merupakan tiga orang atlet muaythai remaja tempatan terpilih menjalani latihan intensif di Thailand tahun ini.
Menurut PMNS, kriteria pemilihan ketiga-tiga atlet itu adalah berdasarkan pencapaian mereka di peringkat kebangsaan dan antarabangsa serta potensi besar masingmasing dalam menyumbangkan pingat buat negara.
Timbalan Presiden PMNS, Sulaiman Salleh ketika dihubungi melahirkan rasa bangga atas kejayaan Pratasarthee di Kuala Lumpur lalu dan beliau mengingatkan anak didiknya supaya mengimbangi antara sukan dan pelajaran.
“Saya mahu Pratasarthee bijak membahagi masa.
Sememangnya kami (SS Fighters) sentiasa menyokong beliau dalam mana-mana kejohanan dan pada masa sama kami mahu beliau berjaya dalam pendidikan.
“Saya yakin Pratasarthee boleh melakukannya kerana beliau masih muda dan perjalanannya masih jauh,” kata Sulaiman yang juga pemilik SS Fighters Gym.
December 18, 2016, Sunday
KUCHING: The Sarawak Muaythai Association (PMNS) has selected three local muaythai exponents to undergo intensive training in Thailand next year.
PMNS president Jumaat Ibrahim said the selection criteria of Ayu Arynafa’iza Azmi, Pratasarthee Punniyamoorthy and Shafiq Rushidi were based on their achievements so far and also their potential in winning gold medals for the country.
Ayu Arynafa’iza, 20, is already a seasoned fighter with an impressive resume, which includes a Malaysia Games 2013 silver medal and the Women’s 45-48kg championship title at this year’s National Amateur Muaythai Championship in Kuala Lumpur.
Fifteen-year-old Pratasarthee was the national Pro Belt champion at the Muaythai and Martial Arts Tournament 2015 in Perlis while in September this year, he finished third under the 14-15 Age Group at the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) Youth World Championships in Bangkok, Thailand.
Shafiq, 14, clinched the Junior title at the inaugural National Inter-Club Muaythai Championships in Subang last year but before that, he was the Junior Boys 42kg champion at IFMA World Championships 2014 in Langkawi.
“The three are among Sarawak’s young and bright prospects in muaythai. I hope they would continue to work hard and inspire more Sarawak youths to strive for excellence on the national and international stage.
“Their passion and dedication are also a tribute to the efforts by PMNS in bringing Sarawak muaythai to greater heights,” said Jumaat during an appreciation dinner on Friday hosted by the association at Kuching Civic Centre Youth Hall where Youth, and Sports and Solidarity Ministry permanent secretary Kameri Affandi and state Youth and Sports Department (JBS) director Abdul Harris Ishak were also present.
On the appreciation dinner, Jumaat said the event was meant as recognition to the contributions by various stakeholders towards the development of muaythai in the state.
That night, PMNS presented tokens of appreciation to the ministry, JBS Sarawak, the state Health and Education departments, several non-governmental organisations, as well as to state muaythai coaches and nine young state exponents including Ayu Arynafa’iza, Shafiq and Pratasarthee.
However, Pratasarthee could not attend that night as he is currently undergoing training in Kuala Lumpur.
A special award was also presented to Ayu Arynafa’iza’s father Azmi Karim, whose six out of nine children are all state muaythai athletes.
Azmi, 42 – a former state boxer – said he and his wife Arni Yusnita Kachi could not be happier in seeing their children excel in the sport that they all loved.
“I am proud of my children not only because they are doing very well in muaythai, but also becoming good role models for other youths. I will continue to support them in their undertakings,” said a beaming Azmi.
December 29, 2016, Thursday
SIBU: Sibu wushu exponents collected 29 gold, 19 silver and 9 bronze medals at last weekend’s Sarawak Inter-Division Wushu, Dragon and Lion Dance Championship held in Miri.
They finished as runner-up behind champion Miri.
Sibu Martial Arts (Quanshu) Association (SMAA) coach Frankie Hii, who was leading a team for a state championship for the first time, expressed satisfaction with his athletes.
“Most of them are young players and their ability to return with the second placing was a good achievement,” he said.
“With the experience richly gained from the exposure, this will be a good starting point for many of the participants who were the first timers in the championship.”
In the Dragon and Lion Dance category, Sibu Guong Ming Middle School won the overall title, followed by SMAA in second spot and Miri third.
Competitors from Kuching, Betong, Sibu, Brunei and host Miri took part in the championship.
December 16, 2016, Friday
KUCHING: One hundred thirty-three young athletes from 50 schools in the state are vying for top honours in the 26th Sarawak Wushu Championship at the Sibu Indoor Stadium at the old airport road this weekend.
Host Sibu are fielding the biggest number of participants with 62 athletes and defending champions are parading 50 athletes including two Sukma athletes Mandy Liew and Stephanie Ngu.
Other participants are from Miri (12) and Sarikei (9).
The annual event on the Wushu Federation of Sarawak (WFS) calendar is aimed at selecting the potential athletes to be roped into the state backup and Sukma team as well as providing a good platform for the athlete to gauge their standard.
It is jointly organised by WFS and Kelab Wushu Permai Timur of Sibu.
Minister of Local Government Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian will grace the opening on Dec 17 while SUPP Bawang Assan branch chairman Robert Lau Hui Yew will close the event on Sunday.
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 29, 2016, Tuesday
KUCHING: The state silat contingent has set a target of three gold medals for the International Combat Festival to be held in Penang from Dec 1-4.
The eight athletes will contest in seven categories.
“Definitely our target is to win all categories contested, but we have to be realistic, which is why we target three gold medals,” Rumpun Silat Sarawak (RSS) deputy president Fazruddin Abdul Rahman told reporters after receiving the state flag at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Complex yesterday.
Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah presented the flag.
Fazzruddin, who is also Tupong assemblyman, said taking part in this festival will further expose four in the team who competed in Sukma this year. RSS is busy with various competition organised locally held throughout the state.
“This is one of the approaches taken to unearth new talent and at the same time select players to represent our state at national competition.
“We also hope to have Sarawakians making it to the national squad representing our country in the coming Sea Games,” he said.
November 16, 2016, Wednesday
KUCHING: Athletes from the Sarawak Taekwondo Association (WTF) gave a good account of themselves in the recent Grand Final TM (WTF)-Sportexcel-NSC-Milo International Taekwondo Championship held in Kuala Lumpur.
The seven-member team led by state chief instructor and technical chairman Tan Check Joon brought back four gold and three silver medals from the national meet.
The gold medallists were Tan Yen Ming, Monica Sharma, Nurul Nur Hafizza and Eimran Ghaffary while Audrey Nu Alexander Mula, Rebecca John Nedek and Nurul Fatihah Roslan contributed a silver medal each.
Sarawak were second overall after finishing as champion in the Women’s Open, second in the Boys Junior and third in the Girls Junior.
“Our athletes led by Tan who is assisted by team manager Joseph Chang Siang Ping, assistant coaches Virtlam Umpau and Mohd Amirul Juwanda, did the association and state proud again by winning a total of seven medals,” said Sarawak Taekwondo Association president Mohamad Salleh Sani.
“They have put up a creditable showing during the two-day meet which drew in entries from various state associations and premier clubs throughout Malaysia.
“It was a tough and challenging championship with 100 over top fighters aiming for medals and it is a great exposure and opportunity for our athletes to gain experience,” he added.
November 10, 2016, Thursday
KUCHING: 2013 Sukma gold medallist Heendrew Lois Rekan lived up to expectations when he was crowned champion of the 4th Sarawak Chief Minister’s Cup Muaythai Championship in Lundu last Sunday.
The fighter from Kelab Muaythai Lundu beat club mate John Bodi in the final. Joint third were Roslan Johan of Kelab Muaythai Pheonix and Fais Rabaie from Kelab Muaythai Kenyalang.
Meanwhile, the Sabah contingent clinched the Borneo Cup Muaythai Championship after capturing two gold, three silver and one bronze medals.
Randall stole the limelight in the pro 60kg category after defeating Kalimantan Barat’s Juhedi Mohamad in a close fight.
Sarawak B finished in second place with two gold, one silver and three bronze medals while Sarawak A were third with one gold, one silver and three bronze medals. The fourth to fifth placings were won by Brunei (one gold) and Kalimantan Barat (one silver, three bronze).
Sarawak Muaythai Association president Jumaat Ibrahim said the Borneo Cup Muaythai Championship was the platform to enhance ties among muaythai bodies on the Borneo Island which included Sabah, Sarawak, Labuan, Brunei and Kalimantan, Indonesia.
“We are proud to be the organiser of the championship and we hope to continue organising the event,” he added.
According to him, the championship also provided a platform for the association to unearth new talents who will be groomed for bigger competitions.
Political secretary to the chief minister Bujang Helmi Hazmi gave away the prizes.
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.