Saloma making a trampoline jump during training while her teammates wait their turn.
THE girls of Sri Kuala Lumpur will have to wait till next year’s National School Sports Council (MSSM) gymnastics selections despite a good performance at the Selangor Schools Sports Council games (MSSS) in April.
The Sri Kuala Lumpur rythmic gymnastics girls (representing the Petaling Perdana district) did well in the under-10 age group and secured the overall team gold with three individual gold medals, two silver and two bronze medals in Sekinchan during the meet in May but missed out on the selection this round.
Moving forward, Total Gymnastique chief coach Mike Ng has earmarked seven juniors to be trained for next year’s MSSM squad in a bid to boost the chances of securing more in the line-up.
The budding gymnasts are Sri Kuala Lumpur students, Saloma Boon Fallander, Crystal Tham, Ong Su Lynn, Serena Lee, Tan Qing Ying, Koay Mee Kee and Ng Jia Xin.
This is also part of the strategy to create a continuous stream of gymnastics talent under the Sri Kuala Lumpur banner and to bolster the number of gymnasts in the country.
To secure a spot within the state squad six spots are up for grabs among schools in Selangor), Mike is looking to get as much exposure as possible for the girls to supplement their day-to-day training.
The task to shine brighter than gymnasts from other schools to represent the state will be more challenging, especially against the existing gymnasts who plan on retaining their position in the squad.
“We are expecting tough competition from the existing MSSM girls in the squad but we are confident we will get a few in for the next round.
“In the past years, we have always had two or three girls in each category of the state squad.” Mike noted.
“Of course we hope to have as many of our girls as possible in the team,” he added.