KEDAH Fitness Association (KFA) president Jamil Ibrahim was presented the Kedah men’s sports leadership award by the state Youth and Sports Depart-ment for promoting “sports for all” activities.
The annual award ceremony, organised by the department, was held at a dinner attended by more than 300 guests in Alor Star recently.
Jamil has been involved with the KFA for nearly 20 years.
During this time, he has helped organise various fitness pro-grammes for government depart-ments as well as voluntary organi-sations.
He was presented with a certi- ficate, a trophy and RM2,000 in appreciation of his services.
It was double joy for Jamil as KFA was also judged the best sports association for promoting health and fitness in the Kedah sporting community.
The KFA beat four other associations to secure a certificate, trophy and RM3,000.
The KFA notched a hat-trick of awards when Aishah Shuaib bagged the women’s sports leadership award as well.
The 56-year-old received a certificate, trophy and RM2,000.
Meanwhile, wheelchair-bound Raziyah Yacob received a special award for her double gold medal feat in the Malaysian Paralympics Games held at Universiti Putra Ma-laysia in June last year.
As an appreciation of their feats, 60 other medal win- ners from the state also received between RM50 and RM100 for each medal won in va- rious competitions.
Alor Star Mayor Datuk Abdul Mukhti Abdullah received a spe- cial award as the state’s pro- minent sports personality for promoting “sports for all” program- mes at various levels during his tenure as a senior civil service officer.
Nasir Abas, 51, who made it to the Malaysia Book of Records with his solo runs across the country, was also honoured with the Dare to Challenge Award for his feats.
State Youth and Sports Commit-tee chairman Othman Abdul Aziz presented the awards to the winners.
Earlier in his speech, Othman said the event was held in recognition of those involved in health-related programmes among the community.
“The state government will be spending RM1mil to build 10 multi-sports centres in Kedah at a cost of RM100,000 each this year.
“The centres will become the focus of youths to be involved in integrated sports and to ex- pose their potential,” said Oth- man.
Best Association: Kedah Fitness Association.
Male Leadership: Jamil Ibrahim
Female Leadership: Aishah Shuaib.
Special Award for Paralympics Athlete: Raziyah Yacob
Dare to Challenge: Nasir Abas
Special Award for Prominent Personality: Datuk Abdul Mukhti Abdullah.