49 swimmers to mount Sabah’s challenge



KOTA KINABALU: A total of 49 swimmers will mount Sabah’s challenge at the 54th Malaysia National Age Group Swimming Championships (MIAG) that will be happening at the National Aquatic Centre, KLSC Bukit Jalil from March 15-18.

Most of the swimmers selected for State duty are from Kota Kinabalu and Sandakan.

Sabah Aquatic Sports Associations (Sasa) President Anthony Kiob said they have also decided to name four State swimmers, who are currently studying in Kuala Lumpur, Johor and Perth, to join the team.

“We are pleased to note that there is a significant increase in the number of athletes participating this year as compared to 28 last year.

For the record, the annual championship features five categories namely Open (above 17 years), Group I (15-17 years), Group II (13-14 years), Group III (11-12 years) and Group IV (10 years and below).

According to Anthony, this time, most of Sabah’s representatives are participating at 10 years’ old and below and 12-13 years’ old.

“These two groups constituted 31 swimmers,” said Anthony, adding that the team manager for the State team is Sanctuson Gan while Benjamin Lee is the coach, and assisted by coach Tie Mee Kiong.

The official is Daniel Lee who will be joining the technical team to officiate at the championship. For the record, last year, Sabah won a total of 24 medals last year comprising of four golds, 11 silvers and nine bronzes.

Anthony hopes that the swimmers will record their best achievement and shine in this event.

Anthony also thanked Life Water Industries Sdn Bhd, a local beverage manufacturer, who had contributed part of the NAG team T-shirts to the participating swimmers. The company had also generously sponsored the Tritonic Isotonic Drinks and K2 drinking water to the participants and officials in the 51st Sabah Invitational Age Group Swimming Championship.

Life Water Industries Sdn Bhd (K2) will also partner with Sasa to organise the Novice Competition which will be held in May.

He said the main objective is to provide an additional avenue for the development of junior swimming talents. Two other sponsors of the NAG team T-shirts are swimshop2u managed by Metrotech Technologies, a company from Penang, a retailer of FINIS swimming products; and Persatuan Renang Daerah Penampang, an affiliated swimming club.

He also thanked Sabah Sports Council (MSN) for the continuous support and the financial and management assistance given to Sabah aquatic sports.

He also revealed that the Sabah diving team is ready to participate in the Malaysia National Age Group Diving Championship which will be held on April 7-8 in Shah Alam, organised by ASUM. Diving is another major aquatic event that the State is hoping for better results.

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New Sabah Times