IT was a platform for coaches to evaluate their athletes during the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) International Combined Events (ICE) athletics championships.
The two-day championships at the National Sports Council (NSC) Training Centre in Bukit Jalil, attracted seven local teams and the Singapore Sports School (SSS).
Regulars Western Australia, Thailand and Sri Lanka decided to stay away from the championships, held for the seventh season. Besides the Singapore Sports School and BJSS, the other athletes came from Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (TMISS), Pahang Sports School (PSS), Terengganu Sports School (TSS), SMK Tun Hussein Onn (Johor) and SMK Seri Titiwangsa (Kuala Lumpur)
However, the championships, catering to athletes aged 13 and 14, served its purpose as the athletes displayed excellent commitment and dedication.
BJSS co-curriculum vice-principal S. Entheran said the participants had shown excellent progress.
“The coaches’ feedback was encouraging. But of course the meet would have been more exciting if more foreign teams had come. The purpose of the championships was to give the athletes, aged 13 and 14, an opportunity to compete against their counterparts from other sports schools.
“The athletes don’t get to compete in competitions. Training alone is not enough. They must also be prepared to face strong competitors. We have also created the championships as a multi-lateral event,’’ said Entheran.
Athletes, age 13, competed in five events – 80m hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot put and 80m – while those aged 14 were in action in the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, 100m, long jump and 800m.
Entheran said the reason for them to take part in multi events was to evaluate their progress.
“From this championship, the coaches have a good opportunity to gauge the athletes’ performance and suggest the events to specialise. As for BJSS, we are pleased with our athletes’ performances.
“The coaches will sit down with the athletes and suggest the event to specialise. We have reasons to be optimistic as several athletes, who had taken part in this championship, have represented their country in the SEA Games and other international meets,’’ said Entheran.
Representatives from BJSS became the overall individual champions in all four categories.
In the boys’ Under-13 category, Zaidi Mat Saad won the gold medal with 3,560 points. The top spot in the girls’ Under-13 age group went to BJSS’s Nur Husnina Kamaruddin with 3,460 points.
Mohammad Faisal Ahmad Dadt, with 4,490 points, was the top performer in the boys’ Under-14 category while the gold medal , in the girls section, went to Nur Azrina Sofia Emyun Rosmizam with 4,740 points.
A medley relay was also held for both the 13 and 14 age groups. BJSS became the overall champions in the relay and received the Datuk Marina Chin challenge trophy.
BJSS principal Asmad Ahmad said the championships had served as a evaluation programme for the athletes.
“We are pleased with the teachers who had served as volunteers. Their commitment towards making the championships is exemplary. We are looking forward to the return of teams from Thailand and Australia for next year’s championships,’’ said Asmad.
Individual: 1. Zaidi Mat Saad (BJSS) 3,560 points; 2. Muhammad Hadzmier Abdul Muhaimin (BJSS) 3,430 points; 3. Muhammad Aniq Aqil Md Ramli (BJSS) 3,170 points;
Team: 1. BJSS 13,140 points; 2. Singapore Sports School 11,230; 3. Johor Sports School 10,880.
Individual: 1. Mohammad Faisal Ahmad Dadt (BJSS) 4,490 points; 2. Mohmmad Thafiq Mohammad Hisham (TMISS) 4,310 points; 3. Reuben Rainer lee Siong En (SSS) 4,280 points.
Team: 1. Singapore Sports School 16,450 points; 2. BJSS 15,920 points; 3. Pahang Sports School 15,560 points.
Individual: 1. Nur Husnina Kamaruddin (BJSS) 3,460 points; 2. Fatin Ilyana Mat Nayan (BJSS) 3,200 points; 3. Tyeisha Rene Misson Khoo (SSS) 3,080 points.
Team: 1. BJSS 12,590 points; 2. Singapore Sports School 11,730 points; 3. Kuala Lumpur Sports School 9,510 points.
Individual: 1. Nur Azrina Sofia Emyun Rosmizam (BJSS) 4,740 points); 2. Najwa Asyilah Noralizam (TMISS) 4,490 points; 3. Alya Darwisyah Dziyauddin (BJSS) 4,110 points.
Team: 1. Tunku Mahkota Ismail Sports School 15,920 points; 2. Singapore Sports School 15,630 points; 3. BJSS 13,580 points.
13 years: 1. BJSS 2:19.9; 2. Singapore Sports School 2:27.3; 3. Terengganu Sports School 2:30.0
14 years: TMISS 2:15.0; 2. Singapore Sports School 2:18.6; 3. BJSS 2:20.3.