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Friday March 9, 2012
By NG WEI LOON firstname.lastname@example.org Photo by ROHAIZAT MD DARUS
BUDDING swimmer Arvin Shaun Singh Chahal has had a taste of stardom after appearing in several advertisements in recent years — thanks to his charming looks.
However, the 11-year-old Sri Cempaka International School pupil is not leaving it to chance in making his presence felt by delivering splashing performances to reach his goals in the pool.
At the recent Selangor Schools Sports Council (MSSS) championships, the promising talent stamped his mark with a respectable haul of eight gold, three silver and one bronze medal in the boys’ Under-12 contest.
En route to being the top performer of his age-group at the MSSS, Arvin also led the Sri Cempaka quartet to rewrite two meet records in the 4x50m freestyle and 4x50m medley relays.
For his upcoming campaign at the national schools (MSSM) meet in Sabah from March 13 to 17, Arvin has set a modest target of bagging one gold, two silver and one bronze medal.
Last year, he was the sole Sri Cempaka representative earning a place in the Federal Territories Schools Sports Council (MSSWP) team and returned with a silver medal in the boys’ Under-12 100m butterfly at the MSSM.
Based on his encouraging progress, bagging a gold (50m backstroke), a silver (50m butterfly) and a bronze (100m freestyle) medals at the National Inter-Club Championships at the end of last year, Arvin said he was hopeful of producing better results with the Selangor side at the MSSM.
“I fancy my chances in repeating a similar winning form in the 50m backstroke at the MSSM. I have already gauged my form against the serious contenders in the event at the national inter-club and we will be tussling for honours in the MSSM again. I clocked 34.58s for the victory at the national inter-club last year. I have improved with a current personal best of 34.32s in the event. I will be aiming to go faster and stay ahead of the pack,” added Arvin.
Arvin, who has been swimming competitively from the age of nine, is under the tutelage of Sri Cempaka coaches Serhiy Palchikov and Nataliya Simak from Ukraine.
Arvin learned the fundamental skills from Serhiy before going under the care of Nataliya.
Currently, he is going through the paces five times a week at the training centre based at his school in Cheras.
“Despite his hectic schedule juggling his studies and other activities, he has been displaying good work rate in training with his praiseworthy self-discipline. He likes having a kickabout playing football but he also knows exactly what he wants to achieve in swimming. He has received education scholarship from the school because of his excellent exploits in swimming. He will certainly continue to develop to become an accomplished swimmer with the ongoing training,” said Serhiy.
Although Arvin did not make an impact competing in the boys’ Under-10 age-group at the SportExcel circuit in 2010, he showed his promise with an impressive haul of 11 gold medals to emerge as the top performer in the boys’ Under-10 category at the Selangor Junior Age-Group last year.
And Arvin continued his outstanding form to secure the top overall winner position in two international junior competitions at the British International School (BIS) Flying Fish International swimming meet in Phuket, Thailand and the Singapore Island Country Club (SICC) International swimming championships in Singapore.
At the BIS outing, he clinched six gold and two silver medals including rewriting five meet records in the boys’ Under-12 section. He bettered the marks in the 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 100m butterfly and 200m individual medley. Besides capturing three gold, five silver and three bronze medals in the boys’ Under-10 category at the SICC, Arvin erased the 200m individual medley record with a new time of 2:41.38.
Last year, he also explored the endurance event combining swimming and running at the Chin Woo Biathlon. He covered the 400m swim and three-kilometre run finishing fourth in the boys’ Under-13.
Following the MSSM outing, Arvin is expected to feature in the National Junior Age-Group Championships at Kuala Lumpur in early April.
Arvin settled for two silver medals from the boys’ 50m and 100m breaststroke at last season’s national age-group.
Nataliya said they were preparing Arvin to rise to the occasion for the major competition of the year at the national age-group meet.
“It has been a pleasure to guide him. It is not surprising that he is showing results because he has been following the training programmes diligently.
“He is the only trainee giving his best coping with the demanding endurance training. It is important for him to do well at the MSSM. And he will also need to prove that he is ready to take on stiffer challenges competing against stronger competitors at the national age-group. We are expecting him to be a rare talent from our training camp making a breakthrough and go on to fulfil his potential at higher level,” she added.
Name: Arvin Shaun Singh Chahal
Date of Birth: Dec 15, 2000
Ht: 1.50m Wt: 38kg
School: Sri Cempaka International School, Cheras (Year Six)
Hobbies: Football, water polo, fishing
Ambition: Swimming coach
Favourite Sports Personality: Michael Phelps (Unites States)
Coaches: Serhiy Palchikov and Nataliya Simak
- Selangor Junior Age-Group Championships boys’ Under-10 two bronze medals
- BIS boys’ Under-10 two gold, four silver and two bronze medals
- Selangor long-distance boys’ Under-10 overall champion (three gold, two silver and one bronze medals)
- Selangor Junior Age-Group Championships boys’ Under-10 overall champion (11 gold medals)
- MSSWP boys’ Under-12 five silver and one bronze medals
- MSSM boys’ Under-12 one silver medal
- National Junior Age-Group Championships boys’ Under-10 two silver medals
- BIS Flying Fish International swimming meet boys’ Under-12 overall champion (six gold and two silver medals)
- SportExcel circuit first leg boys’ Under-10 two bronze medals
- SportExcel circuit second leg boys’ Under-10 two bronze medals
- SportExcel circuit final leg boys’ Under-10 one silver and one bronze medals
- Singapore Island Country Club International swimming meet boys’ Under-10 overall champion (three gold, five silver and three bronze medals)
- National Inter-Club Champion-ships boys’ Under-10 one gold, one silver and one bronze medals
- International School Athletics Kuala Lumpur (ISAKL) swimming meet boys’ Under-10 five gold medals
- Chin Woo Biathlon boys’ Under-13 fourth
- Selangor Junior Age-Group Championships boys’ Under-12 four silver and four bronze medals
- MSSS boys’ Under-12 best performer (eight gold, three silver and one bronze medals)
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