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Sasa appreciative of Asum support
Published on: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) was praised for their input in the just concluded 51st Sabah Invitational Age Group Swimming Championship 2018 held at the Likas Sports Complex over the weekend.
Some 460 swimmers from Sandakan, Tawau, Labuan, Penampang, Brunei and Likas participated in the meet co-organised by Sabah Aquatic Sports Association (Sasa) and Sea Dragon Swimming Club.

Sasa President Anthony Kiob was thankful to Asum for their support on the technical side led by Fina certified instructor Chee Pao Kam.

“We are pleased with the support given by Asum technical officials to upgrade the local swimming technical skill in the pool.

“I hope Sasa will continue to collaborate with Asum to gain more advance knowledge and skill for the benefit of the whole swimming fraternity in the State.”

He also hoped that Sasa would organise more technical courses in the near future to source for more national level officials.

“We must recognise that our local technical and control room team had gained a lot during this meet under the guidance of Asum, and I am grateful to Asum for giving Sabah an opportunity to find more suitable candidates as technical officials to officiate in the National Age Group and Malaysia Open which will be held in March and May in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur.”

Anthony was also pleased with the overall results derived from the swimmers in the meet.

“I am proud to say that there is an increase in the number of swimmers qualified to attend Malaysia Age Group in Bukit Jalil on March 15-18 and this is due to the hard work and dedication of both coaches and swimmers.

“This time we have 20 as compared to 16 last year. They are Jay Lo, Samuel Ng, Yipp Sin Hung, Gerald Tsen, Edwin Law, Adrian Frederic, Eddie Law, Sharifah Destinee, Loo Yie Bing, Beverly Lai, Loo Yie Cheng, Yong Xing Ru, Shane Chong, Chu Xin Ying, Lovell Wong, Yong Zi Yi, Lo Meng Sum, Logan Wong, Hollymax Bell and Sharon Voon.”

“We must say this is the hard work and dedication of both coaches and swimmers to see such improvement including an increased number of new meet and state records.”

He added that Sasa and coaches will use the SAG results as selection for state athletes in Sukma Perak 2018.

Meanwhile, Sea Dragon Swimming Club (SDSC) was the overall champion followed by Penampang District Swimming Association (Preps) and Sandakan Swimming Association Sabah (SSA).

Anthony said it is great to note that coaches are working cordially to promote the sports to source new junior talents.

“We thank all the coaches for their dedication and commitment to make swimming a success and bring glory for Sabah.

He also disclosed that there will be a novice competition in May this year organized by Sasa.

The main aim is to provide additional avenue and platform for the development of junior swimming talent to mature into state and national and international level.

He thanked MSN for their continuous financial support and also Sabah Sports Board for the provision of facilities for routine training as well as National Institute of Sports for rendering sports science services to coaches and swimmers.– GL Oh