Spirits high for special gold medallist

Dr Mohd Sharizal (on wheelchair) passing the torch to Musa at McDonald’s Bandar Perda outlet in Bukit Mertajam. With them are participants, Ronald McDonald and Games mascot Rimau. — Photos: ASRI ABDUL GHANI/The Star

WHEELCHAIR-BOUND Dr Mohd Sharizal Abdul Aziz was proud to be the second last torchbearer for the northern and central Seberang Prai legs of the Kuala Lumpur 2017 SEA Games Torch Run.

The 34-year-old mechanical engineering lecturer was the one who handed the torch to Bukit Mertajam Umno division chief Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir to mark the end of the torch run for both legs.

The Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) lecturer, who will be taking part in the 9th Asean Para Sport for the first time in the swimming category, said he swelled with pride when he got to hold the torch.

“It was a significant moment in my life as I got to carry the SEA Games torch.

Ronald McDonald and Rimau welcoming the runners as they arrive at the McDonald’s Bandar Perda outlet.
Ronald McDonald and Rimau welcoming the runners as they arrive at the McDonald’s Bandar Perda outlet.

“I am very nervous about taking part in the para sport but I’m confident of bringing at least a medal home,” he said after the Torch Run ended at McDonald’s outlet in Bandar Perda yesterday.

Dr Mohd Sharizal will be participating in the 4x50m breast-stroke and 50m freestyle categories. He was a gold medallist in the 50m freestyle category in the National Paralympiad Games held last year in Sarawak.

He was among 102 torchbearers who joined more than 3,000 runners in support of the torch run yesterday.

The torch arrived in Penang on Monday. It will be handed over to Perak Youth And Sports Committee chairman Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya at Dewan Merdeka in Parit Buntar by Penang Federal Action Council chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman today during the south Seberang Prai leg.

The third day started at 8am from SMK Datuk Hj Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and the run was flagged off by Pinang Tunggal assemblyman Datuk Roslan Saidin.

The torch will be brought to the Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur for the SEA Games opening ceremony on Aug 19.

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