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Monday August 18, 2014 MYT 7:46:48 AM
by percy d’cruz
Yau Kit putting the young ones through the proper diving technique routines.
Swimming is an activity that the whole family can take part in.
The Ng family of Bukit China have been in the sport for some forty years and can testify that apart from the competitive aspects, regular and social swimming can keep one in good shape.
With their passionate commitment towards the sport in many respects, the Ngs are certainly creating waves and making a splash on the local sports and games scene.
Seventy-year-old Ng Su Ha, the family senior, has been operating the NSH Swimming Academy (NSHSA - with the acronym denoting his full name) since 2001 and established the Malim Swimming Centre (MSC), complete with a state-of-the-art gym, four years ago.
Together with sons Yau Kit and Yau Fatt, the family lends its expertise to beginners, novices, adults and expatriates at the Malacca City Council Swimming Complex in town, as well as the NSHSA and MSC, and four other private pools at golf clubs and resorts in Ayer Keroh, Jasin and Bukit Katil townships.
The trio conducts weekly coaching sessions and help nurture grassroots development and training schemes complete with regular mini competitions for novices and beginners at all these venues.
Any potential talent spotted by them are brought to the attention of the Malacca Amateur Swimming Association, for further competitive grooming by its coaching panel.
Daughter Elaine assists in the running of a swimming and aquatic products, apparel and related accessories store at a premier local shopping mall.
Collectively, the Ng family enterprise spells a firm vocation and calling to the promotion of swimming and aquatics, along with supreme dedication and a quest for excellence for those under their tutelage.
Ng senior was an accomplished state table tennis player while working as a civil servant between the sixties and early nineties, and is a qualified coach with some thirty years of experience under his belt.
A swimming instructor at the 1971-opened Malacca Municipal Pool Complex in the heart of town, Su Ha single-handedly brought sons Yau Kit, Yau Fatt and also Elaine to competitive glory both on the local and age group state and national fronts.
After some measure of success on the local scene, Elaine opted out from swimming to concentrate on her studies.
Yau Kit and Yau Fatt, with only two years’ age difference between them, stamped their superiority to the fullest.
Their efforts under the guidance of their dad saw them donning state and national colours between 1990 and 1995.
Apart from representing Malacca in national schools and age group competitions, Yau Kit wore Malaysian colours at the Asean Age Group meets in Kuala Lumpur (1990), Manila (1991) and Singapore (1992 and 1993).
He was also his alma mater St. Francis Institution Sportsboy of the Year on no less than four occasions between 1987 and 1996.
On the other hand, Yau Fatt represented the state at four Sukma between 1992 and 1996 and is a Level Two coach under the auspices of the Malaysian Amateur Swimming Association.
“Apart from the competitive aspects, regular swimming keeps one in good physical shape while inducing overall general fitness and endurance,” said Su Ha.
Water therapy is proving to be conducive to overcome respiratory and other related ailments, while aquatic skills holds one in good stead in securing jobs as swimming instructors, qualified coaches, life guards as well as private pool supervisors and attendants.
It is a lifetime sport.
As 2012 World Masters Swimmer of the Year, American Karlyn Pipes Neilsen who offers motivational talks and swim technique clinics worldwide put it: “Swimming is a lifetime sport. It is not about having the most gold medals, it is about enjoying swimming at any age. Swimming is an amazing gift.”
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