Published on: Sunday, February 26, 2012
Kota Kinabalu: Six swimmers from Persatuan Renang Penampang Sabah (PREPS) will be representing Sabah in the National Age Group (NAG) Swimming Championships to be held in Bukit Jalil from 5-8 April 2012.
The boys are represented by Christophe Garcia, a 14 year-old in Group 2, while in Group 3 is 13 year-old Alexis Akang, and Lo Jun Yi and Colin Shaun Boyou, both 12 years old.
The girls consist of 12 year-old Jeannyvie John who will be swimming in Group 3 and 11 year-old Ilyani Shairah Mohamad who will be swimming in Group 4.
Colin Shaun Boyou bagged a gold medal in the 50m freestyle with a time of 31.02 in the recently concluded Sabah Age Group Swimming Championships held at the Likas Aquatic Center last month.
Ilyani Shairah Mohamad won a gold medal in the 50m butterfly with a time 38.26 and a silver medal in 50m breast stroke with a time of 45.94.
Alexis Akang obtained a bronze medal in the 200 breast stroke while Jeannyvie John grabbed 2 bronze medals in 200m breast stroke and 50m back stroke. Lo Jun Yi amassed 3 bronze medals in 200m Individual Medley, 100m Butterfly and 200m back stroke.
Meanwhile, the Majlis Sukan Negeri Sabah has assigned an experienced coach, Benjamin Lee, who is now conducting fulltime training at the Penampang Sports Complex. When contacted, Benjamin said he was very encouraged that PREPS is sending 6 of it swimmers to join the state squad.
He said "hopefully seeing six of their training mates represented for the first time at NAG, will spark interest amongst the younger swimmers to train hard so that they too will be able to represent Sabah in the near future".
In the recently-concluded Sabah Age Group Swimming Championships, PREPS fielded 19 boys and 8 girls and won 3rd placing, collecting a total of 5 gold, 14 silver and 15 bronze medals.
Association President, Anthony Kiob, said despite being a relatively young association, having been established in 2007, PREPS has emerged stronger and has also organised several major events as well as participating in other big ones.
We have many young swimmers and they have moved forward with us for the past 5 years," Anthony said. "PREPS has provided a good platform for swimmers to train and to compete and they all come from districts including Penampang, Putatan and Kota Kinabalu."
"We are impressed with the enthusiasm of the young swimmers.
We have a great coach, Mr Benjamin, and we have supportive parents.
We are able to mould an exciting swimming association and form a spirited team for all the championships and events which we engaged in, including the upcoming NAG in April 2012," Anthony said.