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Sabah gymnasts deliver silver for Malaysia
Published on: Friday, August 11, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah Gymnastics Association (SGA) represented Malaysia to win silver in the 3rd World Gym For Life (WGFL) Challenge held in Norway last month.

Twenty-three gymnasts, aged 8-20 from different schools and districts throughout Sabah won the judges' hearts with the theme "Kaleidoscope of Borneo", combining gymnastics and dance while preserving the unique traditional elements of Sabah.

They were also one of the 10 groups given the opportunity to perform in the presence of King Harald V at the Opening Ceremony.

The event which brought in 2200 participants from 88 groups and 22 countries around the world was introduced by International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) and was to be held in-between the world gymnaestrada meet, with the vision to create a unique and exciting event for the participants and audience, and carrying the slogan "Rhythm of the Waves.

Malaysia was also represented by another group from Kuala Lumpur, the Kinetic Dance Academy (KDA), where they were awarded the bronze medal for their "Guardians of the Sea" performance.

Head of delegation, Florence Fung was proud with the result of both teams and hoped to get more teams from Malaysia to participate in the next Gymnastics For All (GfA) event.

She expressed her appreciation for the support from SGA, Sabah Sports Council and also the committed parents as well as the sponsors.

Meanwhile, Sabah team coach Christopher Liew Vui Ngee was pleased the Borneo elements in his choreography had given more insight view on Borneo for the rest of the world.

"It was a pleasure and meaningful experience to participate in the world class competition.

It was a challenge coaching a group of young girls and boys with different abilities and skills.," he said.

He also hoped SGA can present a more dramatic story about the land of Borneo with an improved performance and a gold award in the next WGFL.

Sabah's performance also won praise from Araki Tatsuo (Japan), President of GfA in Asian Gymnastics Union and Vice President of FIG GfA who complimented the original music and fresh choreography.

He added that they should maintain the traditional elements as it stood out amongst the others and thus should be kept as their trademark.

The Sabah gymnasts who made Malaysia proud were Aldwayne Roikit Wellson, Alsandair Roikin Wellson, Elton Nychel Ronny, Avy Rosabel Misek and Nur Fatin Nabila Azhari from SM All Saints; Judrin Claire O'Vrill Syarin, Judrin Eve O'Reall Syarin and Siti Balqis Abd Rahman from SM St. Peter, Telipok; Ferdinand Chin Yin Fong and Felicia Chin Mei Ling from Kian Kok Middle School; Karmila Brittany Lee (SM St Francis Convent), Brittany Carolina Yayun and Joshlyne Anne Ubu from SK St Francis Convent, KK; Annastasya Kienna Japlin (SJK (C) Yuk Yin, Keningau), Cathryn Mia Lojitan (SJK (C) Hwa Siong, Putatan), Carissa Claire LRM Cherles (SK Sri Gaya), Eden Gabrielle Sigar (SK Kolombong), Faith Chin Mei San (SJK (C) Shan Tao), Katyana Nefrnity Lee (SJK (C) Chung Hwa, KK), Brenna Venita Simonddy (UMS), Lavender Miriam Lee and Eve Clarissa Cassandra LRM Cherles (Politeknik KK) and Abel Tie Xian Hao (Eu Yan Sang). - GL Oh

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