Chong Beng (right) kept a close watch on the walkers' techniques throughout the event.
THERE will be additional incentives for participants clocking personal best in their respective events, in the three-leg of the Junior Development Programme (JDP) walk circuit.
The circuit, comprising five categories — under-15, under-15 and under-18 for both boys and girls, men’s Open and women’s Open — is organised by the Race Walkers’ Association of Malaysia (RWAM) and supported by Milo and the National Sports Council (NSC).
RWAM deputy president Khoo Chong Beng said they introduced an incentive scheme as means to encourage the participants to improve their performances.
“The top-three walkers from each group will be rewarded with cash if they clock new personal best times,” he said.
“This is in addition to the cash rewards for the three best participants over the three-leg circuit. We are consistently looking at ways to attract and encourage more juniors to get involved in the Junior Development Programme,’’ he said.
The incentive scheme, initiated this year, offers RM50 for new records, while for personal best, the amounts are RM50, RM30 and RM20 for the top three, respectively.
The RWAM, headed by Tan Sri Eddy Chen, also offers RM200, RM150 and RM100 for the top-three overall winners at the completion of the third leg.
The first leg, at the NSC training centre in Bukit Jalil, attracted about 100 participants and Chong Beng said they were pleased with the response.
“It was raining but the participants, some
of them as young as seven, braved the weather to compete.
“We would also like to commend
M. Satiyaseelan, who came all the way from Penang to take part in the men’s Open 10,000m,’’ said Chong Beng.
The men’s Open was an interesting affair as the top-five walkers all clocked times of below 60 minutes.
National trainee R. Eswaran and Satiyaseelan were involved in a keen battle for the top spot and in the end, both were time 50:58. However, Eswaran was declared the winner after a photo-finish.
Negri Sembilan’s B. Anipoobarathi was third with a time of 54:36.
Besides organising the three-leg circuit, the RWAM also conducted coaching clinics in schools in the Klang Valley. The clinics, run by former international Jagjit Singh, Adnan Mohammad and Abas Kasim, were held at
SM Putrajaya Persint 8 (1), SRJT Kajang and SMK Datuk Ahmad Razali.
Chong Beng said the clinics were a platform to encourage students to get involved in race walking.
“We would be happy if the students take part in the JDP. The schools have to continue the training programme, otherwise the students will lose interest,’’ said Chong Beng.
The second leg will be held on June 21 with the third scheduled for Oct 4 at the NSC Training Centre in Bukit Jalil.