Sunday, 25 March 2018

The Star : Aspiring pool stars rewrite 12 individual meet records

By Lim Teik Huat

PETALING JAYA: The emergence of new stars – Khiew Hoe Yean (pic), Hii Puong Wei, Loo Yie Bing and Nessa Yip – in the National Schools (MSSM) swimming championships bodes well for the future of the sport in the country.

Hoe Yean and Puong Wei stole the show by emerging as best performers in the boys’ 16-18 and 13-15 age-group categories in the four-day event, which ended in Melaka yesterday.

The 16-year-old Hoe Yean won the most number of golds – seven in total – when he came out tops in the 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle races, 200m individual medley and the 50m, 100m, 200m backstroke events for Kuala Lumpur.

Hoe Yean set two meet records by posting 2:07.85 to erase a seven-year mark of 2:10.88 held by Ian James Barr in the 200m backstroke and 2:10.16 in the 200m individual medley to better the previous record of 2:11.33 set by Yeap Zheng Yang in 2015.



The 14-year-old Puong Wei also underlined his talent by raking in six golds for Sarawak in the boys’ 13-15 age-group by winning the 100m and 200m freestyle, the 100m and 200m backstroke, and the 200m individual medley and 200m breaststroke.

Puong Wei broke Sebastian Soon’s previous meet record of 2:14.73 set two years ago by winning the 200m individual medley event in 2:12.90.

Sabahan Yie Bing also showed her potential by erasing a 15-year-old record en route to taking the best swimmer award with a total of four gold medals in the girls’ 7-12 age-group.

The 10-year-old shattered the time of 28.67 set by former Beijing Olympian Leung Chii Lin by winning the 50m freestyle race in 28.48.

Selangor’s Nessa Yip also broke a long-standing record in the girls’ 13-15 age group when the 14-year-old clocked 31.60 to erase the previous meet record of 31.67 held by former national swimmer Chui Lai Kwan of Sabah since 2005 in the 50m backstroke.

Twelve individual meet records were set and Selangor retained the overall title with a 27-25-19 finish. Kuala Lumpur came in second with 24-28-21, followed by Sarawak with 10-10-20.


Duran and Tyasara received aid from IBSC's Out-reach Grant

Since the launch of IBSC's Out-reach Grant in 2014, IBSC has never failed to look into the welfare of its members in need.

The objectives of the grant are to :

  • Provide financial support in the form of grants, to partially cover the cost of participation in a swim meet for members of IBSC who is in need of financial aid
  • Support families with financial need or extenuating family circumstances

The financial support scheme has previously helped swimmers realised their medals achievement in SportExcel Junior Swimming Circuits, President Cup and National Age Group swimming championships.

Duran receiving the grant approval from IBSC's Hon. Secretary, Ms Nancy Yap, with the father and sister Tyasara at the poolside

In its continuing effort to help the needy swimmers, the Club has approved a  grant to Duran Yaspi and her sister, Tyasara, to help the siblings in their payments to swimming competitions especially to out-station meets which can be quiet burdensome to the pair. The swim training fees for the siblings have also been waived entirely by the Club for the year.

The father, En Imam Basori, with both visions impaired, is very pleased and grateful with the noble deed of the Club.

We hope Duran and Tyasara will continue to be motivated to excel in their competitive swimming. Duran is a potential development athlete and has recently won 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze in the Karnival Bakat Pelapis in Paroi, early this month.

IBSC wishes them all the best.


Saturday, 24 March 2018

Steve Khiew is dual Champs in MSSM 2018

Huge victory was gratified by Steve Khiew, 16, today as he was not only named the Best Boy in 16-18 years category in MSSM Swimming Championship 2018 but also the Overall Champion among all swimmers in the national inter-school meet, which has just concluded today after a 5-day race in Melaka from 20th to 24th March, 2018.

Steve broke 2 records in 200m backstroke and 200m IM and the latter record of 2:10.16 is his PB thus far, renewing his personal best clocked just last week. He grabbed 9 gold (including 2 relay gold) and 1 silver leading him to the title honour.

Also IBSC swimmers deserve a big shout out as the boys smashed the most number of meet records in MSSM 2018 despite the fatigue that still lingers from the national age group competition a week ago in Bukit Jalil.

The swimmers who performed exceptionally well apart from Steve were Sebastian Soon (400 IM MR 4:37.61) and Sharizan Shazali (50m backstroke MR 28.43).

IBSC medalists in their individual events were:

Steve Khiew | 7 gold (2MR), 1 silver
Sebastian Soon | 2 gold (1 MR), 3 silver, 1 bronze
Chan Evon | 1 gold, 2 silver
Sharizan Shazali | 1 gold (MR) , 1 silver
Iqmal Muqhis | 1 gold, 1 silver
Ng Kai Wen | 2 silver
Ng Zi Syuen | 2 silver
Zachary Lim | 2 silver
Wesley Kam | 1 silver
Tobin Sia | 4 bronze
Ashley Ting | 1 bronze
Karla Lim | 1 bronze
Nurlatifa Zahra | 1 bronze

Thanks to their respective coaches for the swimmers' superb performances. 

Congratulations to all!

400IM open medalists with Sebastian Soon breaking the MSSM record despite not being his PB and Steve as the silver winner

Ng Zi Syuen (left) won silver for 100m breaststroke

Team Kuala Lumpur 

See Full Results of MSSM 2018.

* photos courtesy of IBSC parents


Tuesday, 20 March 2018

ASUM/NSC/MILO Junior Splash Swim 2018 - Leg 1 (11-13 May, 2018)

Dear All,

Kindly be informed that Persatuan Renang Amatur Kuala Lumpur (PRAKL) is organising the Leg 1 of ASUM/NSC/MILO Junior Splash Swim 2018 at the National Aquatic Centre for swimmers aged 14 and below to spur interest in swimming for junior development and to tap new talents.

Dates                               :   11th – 13th May, 2018 (Fri - Sun)
Venue                              :    National Aquatic Centre, Bukit Jalil
Organizer                        :    Persatuan Renang Amatur Kuala Lumpur (PRAKL)
Rules                               :    FINA Rules applies
Date of Age Reckoning  :    1st January, 2018
Entry Closing Date         :    20th April, 2018 (Fri), 5:00 pm.
Team Manager Meeting  :   10th May, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Entries                             :   No limit to the number of swimmers or events
Qualifying Times            :   None
Registration Fees            :   RM15/swimmer
Entry Fees                       :   RM8/event and RM32/relay team

The Order of Events are :

Please download the invite and rules here.

IBSC members can utilise this IBSC Entry Form for submission before 13 April,  2018.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Sebastian, Keith & Dhuha contributed gold in national age group 2018

Congratulations to the medalists of the recent National Age Group meet which has just concluded last weekend at the National Aquatic Centre, Kuala Lumpur Sports City, Bukit Jalil from 15-18 March, 2018.

The 54th Malaysia Invitation Age Group Swimming Championships 2018 was participated by a total of 690 swimmers from all the states in Malaysia (except Kelantan) and also by Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, India, Madagascar, Cook Islands, Thailand and Sri Lanka. The largest foreign team was Sri Lanka with 100 swimmers.

In our local squad, IBSC swimmers formed the biggest pool of KL athletes where 40 of our swimmers had the chance to join the Kuala Lumpur Swim Team after the qualifying round at the PRAKL Age Group meet in Jan 2018.

Team KL

Sebastian Soon with his impressive 200IM event where he did a PB of 2:09.21

In the Open Results, the IBSC swimmers who contributed medals to the team were :

Sebastian Soon  (16) Male 15-17
2 GOLD - 400 IM 4:37.02, 1500 Free 16:23.37
2 SILVER - 200 IM 2:09.21, 200 Fly 2:06.24
1 BRONZE - 100 Fly 57.83

Keith Lim, Kit Sern (20) Male 18 & Over 
1 GOLD - 50Free 23.75
2 SILVER - 100 Free 50.84, 50 Fly 25.20
1 BRONZE - 200Free 1:54.14

Muhammad Dhuha, Bin Zulkifry (9) Male 10 & Under
1 GOLD -  50Fly 33.67 
3 SILVER - 200 IM 2:47.23, 100 Back 1:19.86 , 200 Free 2:30.96
3 BRONZE - 100 Free 1:09.48, 100 Fly 1:16.57, 50 Free 31.33

Steve Khiew, Hoe Yean (15) Male 15-17
3 SILVER - 200 Back 2:07.43, 100 Back 1:00.15, 200 Free 1:56.09

Whisky Chew, . (12) Male 11-12
2 SILVER - 400 Free 4:42.59, 200 Fly 2:29.85

Muhd Farhan Andi, Maroef (14) Male 13-14
1 SILVER - 100 Fly 1:00.64

Wong, Jun Bin (18) Male 18 & Over
2 BRONZE - 400 Free 4:07.36, 1500 Free 16:36.10

Sharizan B.Shazali (14) Male 13-14
1 BRONZE - 50 Back 28.77

Wesley Kam, Zhuo Wei (13) Male 13-14
1 BRONZE - 200 Breast 2:35.14

Meanwhile, with stiff competition from Hong Kong, Indonesia and Selangor, the KL relay teams  won the following team events :

Boys 10 & Under 
GOLD - 4x50 LC Meter Medley Grp 4 Relay 2:26.06 1) Low Wenxi 10 2) Harith Miqael Hisyam 10 3) Muhammad Dhuha 9 4) Sean Zecha Simmons 10
BRONZE - 4x100 LC Meter Freestyle Grp 4 Relay 4:53.63 (1) Sean Zecha Simmons 10 2) Zizou Looi 9 3) Wenxi Low 10 4) Muhammad Dhuha 9

Boys 13-14 
SILVER - 4x100 LC Meter Medley Grp 2 Relay 4:09.16 1) . Sharizan B.Shazali 14 2) David Ong 14 3) *Muhd Farhan Andi 14 4) Zachary Lim 14

BRONZE - 4x100 LC Meter Freestyle Grp 2 Relay 3:45.63 1) Sharizan B.Shazali 14 2) *Muhd Farhan Andi 14 3) Darren Lew 13 4) Zachary Lim 14

Boys 15-17 
GOLD - 4x100 LC Meter Freestyle Grp 1 Relay 3:34.32 1) Steve Khiew 15 2) . Iqmal Muqhis Faizal 16 3) *. Falk Meier 16 4) Ken Ji Low 16
SILVER - 4x100 LC Meter Medley Grp 1 Relay 3:57.86 1) Steve Khiew 15 2) Ng Kai Wen 16 3) Koh Teck Chen 15 4) Ken Ji Low 16

Boys 18 & Over 
SILVER - 4x100 LC Meter Freestyle Open Relay 3:36.19 1) Keith Lim 20 2) . Nicholas Soon 19 3) Kevin Lim 18 4) Jun Bin Wong 18
SILVER - 4x100 LC Meter Medley Open Relay 4:04.76 1) Wong Jun Bin 18 2) . Adam Afif B.Faizal 18 3) Kevin Lim 18 4) Chan Jun Jian 18

Girls 11-12 
SILVER - 4x100 LC Meter Freestyle Grp 3 Relay 4:23.38 1) Li Wei Law 12 2) Yen Sze Ng 12 3) Xiao Rou Liew 11 4) *Misa Okuzuno 11
SILVER - 4x100 LC Meter Medley Grp 3 Relay 4:49.04 1) *. Alma Dahl 12 2) *Misa Okuzuno 11 3)  Ilaria Sophia Sulong 12 4) Law Li Wei 12

Girls 13-14 
BRONZE - 4x100 LC Meter Freestyle Grp 2 Relay 4:13.11 1) Xin Rui Ashley Ting 14 2) *Yumi Okuzono 14 3) Georgene Wee 14 4) * Angelina Emby 13
BRONZE -13-14 4x100 LC Meter Medley Grp 2 Relay 4:41.35 1) *Gioia Migliarina 13 2) Ng Zi Syuen 13 3) *Yumi Okuzono 14 4) * Angelina Emby 13

Girls 15-17  
BRONZE -4x100 LC Meter Freestyle Grp 1 Relay 4:08.24 1) Nurlatifa Zahra 17 2) Evon Chan 16 3) Karla Lim 16 4) *Rebecca Wood 15
BRONZE -  4x100 LC Meter Medley Grp 1 Relay 4:42.94 1) Karla Lim 16 2) Evon Chan 16 3)  Jasmine Liew 16 4) Nurlatifa Zahra 17

During the championship, ASUM also launched the inaugural Malaysians All Stars program for junior swimmers who excelled in swimming during the national age group. They were awarded an ALL Star swim cap and a certificate in recognition of their hard work and to boost their continuous training. The awards were given out by national Head Coach, Mr Paul Birmingham during a presentation ceremony on the third day of the meet.

Coach Birmingham giving out the certificates to KL swimmers
Muhd Dhuha getting a hand shake from the national coach with the backdrop featuring him

IBSC swimmers who received the ALL Star award were :

Male | Brandy Chew, Iqmal Muqhis Faizal, Sebastian Soon, Steve Khiew, Sharizan B.Shazali, Whisky Chew, Harith Miqael Hisyam, Harry Chong, Jackson Khiew, Low Ken Ji, Low Wenxi, Muhammad Dhuha, Ng K-Yang, Ng Kai Wen, Tobin Sia, Wesley Kam, Zachary Lim

Female | Ashley Ting, Nurlatifa Zahra, Chan Evon, Clarabelle Liew, Jasmine Liew, Law Li Wei, Ng Zi Syuen

Congratulations to all!

The open and close full results can be downloaded here.

Coach Zhang (far left) with his PRAKLsquad swimmers
Group 4 boys medley relay swimmers, from left, Sean Zecha, Zizou Looi , Low Wenxi Low  and  Muhd  Dhuha 
KL swimmer credit to MILO photographer 
Li Wei returned from Dubai to swim the MIAG

See MIAG 2018 photos, courtesy of Mr CK Wong.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

ALl the best to IB swimmers in MIAG 2018

We wish all our IBSC swimmers all the best in the 54th MILO/PRAM Malaysia Invitational Age Group Swimming Championships 2018 at Bukit Jalil National Aquatic Centre. The meet is on-going from 15-18 March, 2018 starting today .

View current results here.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Karnival Bakat Pelapis Negeri Siri 1/2018

Reblog from KL Aquatics

The Karnival Bakat Pelapis Negeri 1/2018 has just been ended on Friday from 8th to 9th March 2018 at Pusat Akuatik Paroi, Negeri Sembilan. The meet was organized by Majlis Sukan Negara for the states development squads under the respective Unit Sukan Prestasi Tinggi Negeri (USPTN) and launched by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Khairy Jamaludin Abu Bakar.

The KL contingent sent a total of 44 young and energetic swimmers to the meet in 4 teams and managed to clinch a total of 2 gold, 7 silver and 7 bronze.

Representing Pelapis KL1, Duran Yaspi, 10 our group 4 boy, who made the first medal debut for individual event won 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze in 100m butterfly, 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle respectively. He managed to improve quiet significantly from his previous PBs and is showing signs that he is highly potential to progress even better this year.

Duran Yaspi with Coach Foong
Jia Ming being awarded the a gold medal in his 100 butterfly (1:17.40) by Coach Foong

Also representing Pelapis KL1, Ho Jia Ming, 11 collected a gold and a bronze in 100m butterfly and 50m backstroke respectively.

Dylan Wong Wei Han, 12 garnered 3 silvers in 100m freestyle, 50m breaststroke, 50m freestyle and 1 bronze in 100m breaststroke.

Dylan Wong proudly showing his collection of medals

Our cute little Group 5 girl swimmer, Wong Joelyne, 7 maybe small in size but gutsy enough to seize 2 silvers in 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle, 2 bronze in 50m breaststroke and 100m backstroke. She's an inspiration to many being at a disadvantage age but yet able to grab medals.

Wong Joelyne happy with her achievement

Yap Zhen Kok, 7 nicknamed the ‘Harry Porter’ swimmer also surged first time in winning his individual event by taking back home a bronze in group 5 - 100m butterfly, an event he competed for the first time in 100m.

Yap Zhen Kok with Team Manager

Meanwhile Chong Kyson, 10, represented Ikan Bilis Swimming Club. He finally made a maiden medal debut for individual event when he swam to a bronze in Group 4 - 50m freestyle with quiet an impressive time of 34.72 and made his parents proud of his feat.

An ecstatic Kyson with his medal

In the junior event below 7 years old, Ahmad Shaheer Khalid, 6 took a silver medal in Group 6 - back kick with board.

Ahmad Shaheer won a silver

The carnival created the opportunities for the junior swimmers to learn techniques and rules of the swimming competition as well as a chance to make new friends at the meet.

See Full Results here.

The committee would like to take the opportunity to thank all for the cooperation given by the swimmers, coaches and parents. Also our appreciation to USPTN (WP) for the allowance granted to participants.

Ho Seng Oon
Team Manager
Pelapis KL/ IBSC

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

61st MILO/PRAM Malaysia Open Swimming Championships 2018

Invite is received from Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia for the 61st MILO/PRAM Malaysia Open Swimming Championships 2018 as follows :

Date : 3-6 May, 2018
Venue : National Aquatic Centre, Kuala Lumpur Sports City, Bukit Jalil
Start Time : Heat 9:00 am and Finals 5:00 pm.
Entry Deadline : 1 April, 2018
Qualifying Meet to : 2018 Youth Olympic Games
Download : Invite and Rules

IBSC swimmers representing the KL Team would be eligible to join the above meet through their events swum in the forthcoming 54th MIAG 2018. Read more here.

Order of Events :

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