A group picture of all of the recipients of Ministry of Education- Malaysian Schools Sports Council-Milo Awards 2013.
THE late Na’aman Mohd Shah was remembered for his dedicated contributions to athletics at the Ministry of Education-Malaysian Schools Sports Council-Milo awards in Putrajaya.
Na’aman, a teacher from Johor, passed away last year after a heart attack. Na’aman was active in athletics and served as a coach and technical official on the Asian Schools Sports Council and Asean Schools Sports Council.
This dedication and unselfishness prompted the Education Ministry and the Malaysian Schools Sports Council to honour the memory of Na’aman with the Dedicated Teacher award.
Nestle Products sports marketing manager Ng Ping Loong said he knew Na’aman personally for almost two decades and always held him in high regard.
“He was committed to the promotion and development of athletics in schools. He was always ready to serve the country.
“And it was unfortunate that he passed away at such a young age. His contribution will always be remembered,’’ added Ping Loong.
Besides Na’aman, the Education Ministry also presented the Dedicated Teacher award to Chee Shin Lian, a teacher from SMK Cochrane, Kuala Lumpur.
Shin Lian had contributed as a technical delegate for several international events including the World Table Tennis championships in 2009 in Japan, World World Cup in Kuala Lumpur in 2010, World Table Tennis championships in Rotterdam in 2011 and World Table Tennis championships in Germany and France in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Diver Mohd Nazreen Abdullah was named Sportsboy of the Year for his impressive results in the Asian Diving Cup in Singapore. In the championships, Mohd Nazreen won two gold medals in the 10m synchronised and 10m platform events. He also grabbed the golds in the two events in the Myanmar SEA Games last December.
The Sportsgirl of the Year award went to swimmer Yap Siew Hui. The lanky lass, a student of SMJK Katholik, made it to the podium in the Asian Youth Games, Islamic World Solidarity Games, SEA age group championships and Asean Schools Games. In the Myanmar SEA Games, she was a member of women’s 4x100m medley relay team.
Shooter Nur Muhammad Izham M. Azwi and wushu exponent Phoon Eyin were announced as the winners in the Special Awards category. Nur Muhammad Izham, a student at SMK Kompleks Gong Badak, Kuala Terengganu, won medals in the South East Asia Shooting championships and other international and local competitions.
Phoon Eyin, studying at the Bukit Jalil Sports School, was a gold medallist in the World Wushu championships. She won the gold in the Changquan event. Phoon Eyin won a gold (Qiangshu) and bronze (Jianshu) in the SEA Games in Myanmar.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who gave away the prizes to the winners, said it was encouraging to see students winning medals for Malaysia in international events.
“We have several students who had contributed to Malaysia’s impressive outing in the SEA Games in Myanmar last year. We hope to see more students representing and winning honours for Malaysia,’’ said Muhyiddin.
Selangor became the overall champions for the 14th season after emerging winners in cross country, golf, artistic gymnastics, volleyball, basketball, aquatics, table tennis, tennis, archery, cricket, handball, rugby and chess in the MSSM programme.
Selangor Education Department director Datuk Mahmud Karim said they were proud to continue their winning streak in the MSSM programme.
“It is all because of the diligent effort by the Sports Unit. We are looking forward to another impressive season this year,’’ said Mahmud.