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SDSC gunning for hat-trick

11th January, 2019


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Aquatic Sports Association (SASA) will kick start their New Year with the staging of the Sabah Invitational Age Group Swimming Championship 2019 that will be happening at the Kota Kinabalu Sports Complex aquatic centre in Likas, near here from today.

Sea Dragon Swimming Club (SDSC) will be the team to watch as they seek a hat-trick in the 52nd edition of the annual meet that ends on Sunday.

The Kota Kinabalu-based club won the overall title in the last two editions of the championship.

And this time around, they will again be the favourites to walk away with the overall crown.

However, their budding talents need to show their mettle in the three-day meet in order for them to claim a hat-trick (of the overall crown).

Last year, they won the overall title after hauling 61 gold, 44 silver and 44 bronze medals.

In the previous edition (2017), they lifted the crown with a haul of 48 gold, 32 silver and 34 bronze medals.

Penampang District Swimming Association (PREPS) has been their main rival in the last two editions of the meet, where they finished as runners-up.

It was a close affair in 2017 where PREPS was only one gold medal short from clinching the overall title.

They had more silver medals than SDSC with 40 in their bag plus another 41 bronze medals.

However, last year, they were a distant second behind SDSC. They won 42 gold, 45 silver and 51 bronze medals.

The rest of the teams that could deny SDSC of claiming a hat-trick are PJMS Aquatic Swimming Club, Sekolah Sukan Malaysia Sabah, Sandakan Swimming Association and Blue Marlin Swimming Club.

About 400 swimmers representing nine teams from throughout Sabah as well as three from Labuan, will take part in the championship.

According to SASA honorary secretary, Cynthia Chin they are using the meet to select swimmers to represent Sabah at the Malaysia National Age Group swimming meet, which will be held on March 7-10, this year.

She said if any of the Sabah swimmers harbour hope to don national colours, at the national meet it is the right place for them to show their prowess as Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia (ASUM) will be using the meet to pick swimmers to represent Malaysia at the South East Asia Age Group Championship scheduled for this June.

“We hope more swimmers will beat the qualifying mark for the national meet,” Cynthia said.

Meanwhile, SASA’s two-day Technical Official Course Level 3 ended last night, aimed at producing more qualified officials to provide a good standard of technical assistance in swimming in Sabah.

It was conducted by ASUM instructor Jeffrey Sim.

She expressed her sincere thanks to ASUM for their assistance in providing a qualified FINA listed referee and instructor to conduct the course.

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