Sabah duo to  don national  colours
Published on: Wednesday, June 26, 2019

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s Loo Yie Bing and Samuel Ng Chong Cheng will represent Malaysia in the 43rd South East Asia Age (SEA) Group Swimming Championships 2019 from June 28-30 at the Morodok Techo National Sports Complex, Chroy Jong Va district of Phnom Penh.

The duo are among the 26 swimmers selected by the national body after they made the qualifying time set by Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) in the Malaysia National Age Group (NAG) held in March this year at Bukit Jalil.

Twelve-year-old Yie Bing from SJK Pui Gin Sandakan booked her spot after breaking the record set by Sabah’s ex-national swimmer, Evon Heng Kor Jin, in the 100 metres freestyle, bettering the 1:00.55 record with a time of 1:00.46 followed by rewriting a 15-year-old record of 28.12s set by Leung Chii Lin with her new time of 27.96s.

Samuel Ng 13, a student of SMK Muhhibah Sandakan, on the other hand, qualified for the category B in the 50 metres freestyle by breaking Penang swimmer Tong Yu Jing’s record.

Sabah Aquatic Sports Associaiton (Sasa) acting President, Patrick Laing Ngau congratulated both swimmers on their great achievement and wish them all the best come competition time. 

“We are also pleased to have coach Elvin Chia being selected by Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (Asum) as one of the team coaches for this edition of the championships.

“We are also grateful and appreciate the great opportunity given by Asum to select one of our coaches to serve in the championship “.

He added that the South East Asia (SEA) Age Group has been one of Sasa’s target meet, alongside the Asean School Games.

Meanwhile, Sasa’s aquatic activities next month is the diving team for the Diving Sports Talents Carnival series one competition  from July 13-14 and the Sportexcel Age Group Diving Competition July 27-28 while the swimmers will take part in the Asum Junior Splash Swim Leg 1 from July 19-21.

He also expressed his appreciation to Youth and Sports Ministry and MSN for their support. 


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