SUCCESS comes from hard work. SMK Miharja can attest to it. Last week, the school became the overall champions of the Pudu Zone athletics championships for the third consecutive year.
SMK Miharja coach S. Arunandy said their achievement was due to the intensive training programme launched last September.
About 60 students were included in the programme based on the re-sults they achieved in age group championships.
Arunandy said there had been no let-up in training even during the school holidays.
Our students should be commended for their efforts. They have been very committed to athletics and were prepared to sacrifice their holidays. That's why we did well in the Pudu Zone championships, said Arunandy.
SMK Miharja, represented by 52 athletes, won 16 gold, 20 silver and 24 bronze medals in the three-day meet.
SMK Miharja's V. Mogana, who won gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 400m, was voted Best Female Athlete in the Under-15 age group. The times Mogana achieved in these three events were better than the times recorded by gold medal winners' in the Under-18 age group.
A total of 32 athletes from SMK Miharja have been selected to represent Pudu in the Kuala Lumpur Sc-hools Sports Council (MSSKL) athletics championships. The meet will be held at the National Sports Council (NSC) Training Centre in Bukit Jalil on April 14 and 15 and at the Kuala Lumpur Football Stadium in Bandar Tun Razak on April 18 to 20.
The field events will be held at the NSC Training Centre while the track events will be held at KL Football Stadium.
Arunandy said they expected their students, including Mogana, Moha-med Azahir Sabri (400m, 400m hurdles) Mohamed Fazrun Anuar (long jump, triple jump) and Noratikah Mohamed (800m, 1,500m), to do well in the championships.
Mogana and Mohamed Azahir had represented Kuala Lumpur in last year's Sukma in Seremban.
Arunandy said they would continue with their training programme after the MSSKL championships.
Our athletes will be taking part in other local age group competitions such as the FT Junior championships and the FT All-comers meet. We will also send the athletes to compete in the Selangor Open.
To improve their times and performances, they have to take part in more competitions. The exposure that they gain from these competitions will make them better athletes. We want to see them moving on to represent the state and country,'' added Arunandy.
Meanwhile, the Federal Territory Amateur Athletics Association (FTAAA) are calling for entries for the Milo-FTAAA Junior athletics championships at the NSC Training Centre in Bukit Jalil on April 23 and 24.
The two-day championships will cater for those aged 13 to 19. For more details, call 03-2715 2843.