Lift the name of Sri Aman with pride, the athletes of the divisions called
KUCHING: Sri Aman is proud to have world-class athletes like bodybuilder Buda Anchah and boxer Daeloniel Mcdelon Bong, also known by his stage name Kilat Boy, the Deputy Minister for Education, Health said. Innovation and Talent Development II Datuk Francis Harden Hollis.
The Simanggang Assemblyman also hailed the two athletes among the successful Sarawakians who have made it onto the international stage.
Buda, 49, won silver medals at the 12th World Bodybuilding and Physique Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in October last year, as well as the SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, in May of this year ; while Daeloniel, 23, recently became the men’s 57kg champion at a world championship in Pakistan after beating local boxer Sikender Abbasi with a technical knockout (TKO).
“These are fine examples of athletes who have achieved international fame and they are an inspiration to others striving to be the best.
“I hope more athletes from Sri Aman, Lubok Antu, Engkilili, Pantu and Lingga can make certain events into icons or identities of the Sri Aman division, ones that will always stand out among the rest.
“Successful athletes can make a name for themselves and also introduce the Sri Aman Division to the national stage and then to the world stage,” he said at the closing of the 56th School Sports Council Athletics Championships in Sri Lanka. the Sri Aman Division (MSSB) at Sri Aman Sports Complex recently.
Regarding the inter-school tournament, Harden said the goal was not simply to determine the winners, but more importantly, to provide indirect education to student-athletes: this success can only be achieved through hard work. , perseverance, careful planning and sacrifice.
“Success is not easy to achieve except through constant struggle.
“This tournament is also a platform for unity, forging a strong sense of respect and also a spirit of high cooperation.
“The ultimate goal is to build citizens who are strong-minded, patriotic and able to help each other,” he said.
Francis also pointed out that ongoing sports activities could prevent students from getting involved in unhealthy activities, adding that through mental and spiritual preparations and trainings, any athlete could be instilled with high competitiveness and enthusiasm. .
“We need to realize that through sports activities we are able to develop quality human capital and people with first-rate minds who will be the leaders of the country in the future.
“Sports activities will produce not only physically healthy students, but also active minds.
“Sports activities can also foster interracial unity among members of the plural society in Malaysia. Unity is the key to Malaysia’s success in being known internationally. The people should not overlook the importance of unity in building a prosperous and harmonious Malaysia,” the Deputy Minister added.
Meanwhile, SMK Engkilili became the overall champion of the MSSB Athletics Championship for the Secondary School category, with SMK Lubok Antu and SMK Melugu as the respective runners-up.
The Best Male Athlete award went to Denmark’s Haikal Mohd Shah Faidruz of SMK Sri Aman, while the Best Female Athlete award went to Joanna Sangster of SMK Engkilili.
In the primary school category, the top contingent was Lubok Antu Zone, with Engkilili Zone and Pantu Zone ranking second and third respectively.
The top athletes in this category were Aerybell Darrence and Juanus Franatasius from Pantu Zone, and Calleighchurch Gennic from Lubok Antu Zone.
Notably, 18 new records were set during the five-day championship, which involved elementary school student-athletes from eight zones and seven high schools.
Hosted by SMK Melugu this year, the event also served to select athletes to represent Sri Aman in the state level championships.