Sabahan swimmer Hollymax makes national back-up squad
Published on: Friday, March 15, 2019
By: GL Oh

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s swimmer Hollymax Bell has been selected to the national back-up (Pelapis) squad since January this year.

The 21-year-old who won a 100m butterfly gold in the last Sukma in Perak is the only Sabahan under the National Sports Council and Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) programme at the moment.

He is currently training in Penang under coach Khairudin Saidin while pursuing his studies at the University Sains Malayisa, Penang Campus.

The Keningau lad previously studied at the Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School in Johor, when he was recruited in 2014, where he spent five years training under coach Latif Ismail.

Sabah Aquatic Sports Association (Sasa) acting president Patrick Laing Ngau said the State body is very thankful to Asum for accepting their recommendation to give Hollymax the opportunity to continue his swimming career.

He also hoped Hollymax inclusion will motivate more younger swimmers in the State to train hard in the hope that they too could deliver top performance and enter into the same programme.

Meanwhile, Patrick also congratulated the three State swimmers who met the selection criteria set by Asum for the South East Asia (SEA) Age Group Swimming Championship in Cambodia in June.

Loo Yie Bing, Samuel Ng and Lovell Wong achieved the feats at the 55th Malaysia Invitational Age Group Swimming Championship (MIAG) in Bukit Jalil over the weekend.

Loo achieved second best qualifying time in her 50m and 100m freestyles. Samuel Ng Chong Cheng achieved fifth best time in the 50m and 100m freestyles while Lovell Wong Hsiao Thang also achieved fifth best time in her 100m breaststroke.

However, their participation in the June championship has yet to receive the final confirmation from Asum. 


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