HIGH JUMPER Lee Hup Wei and swimmer Khoo Cai Lin were named as the Sportsman and Sportswoman respectively at the 2007 Selangor Sports Awards in Shah Alam recently.
Lee was the unanimous choice of the selection panel, headed by Selangor State Sports Council (MSNS) deputy chairman Amirudin Shari, for his impressive outing in local and international competition.
The 20-year-old Lee, a student of Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS), won gold medals in the SEA Games in Korat last year and the Asian Track and Field (ATF) championships in Lebanon.
Lee equalled the national record of 2.24m at the ATF meet.
Khoo was named as the Sportswoman for her record-shattering performance in the Korat SEA Games .
She won two individual gold medals – in the 400m and 800m freestyle events. She also erased both the SEA Games and national records in the 800m.
Khoo clocked 8:47.80 in the 800m to erase the previous record of 8:58.88 clocked by Thailand’s Intaporn Udom in Jakarta in 1997.
Her effort in the SEA Games also erased the longest national swimming record in the country of 8:47.98 belonging to the sensational Nurul Huda Abdullah.
Khoo’s gold medal winning time in the SEA Games also earned her a place in the Malaysian contingent for the Olympics. She met the qualifying mark of 8:54.04.
Lee, who is training in Finland ahead of the Beijing Olympics, was not present to receive the award . Khoo received the prestigious award from Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
Khoo said she was happy to be the winner as the other candidates – Shalin Zulkifli, Uracca Leow and Nur Atiqah Abdul Razak – also had impressive results.
“The Sultan congratulated me for doing well and advised me to train harder for the Olympics,'' said Khoo.
Squash player Darren Subramaniam was named at the Most Promising Sportsman while bowler Zatil Iman Abdul Ghani was voted as the Most Promising Sportswoman.
They each received a RM3,000 scholarship to pursue their studies.
Three coaches – Kamarul Azman Othman (rugby), Ong Jin Kooi (swimming) and G. Balakrishnan (taekwondo) – were recognised for their contributions to their respective sports.
The Selangor Tennis Association (STA) president Datuk Abdul Malik Mohamed Salleh was presented with the Special award for his services as a player and administrator.
The Selangor Education Department and F&N Coca-Cola Malaysia were also honoured with the Appreciation Award for their support to MSNS programmes.
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim was also present at the awards ceremony.
Roll of honour
Sportsman: Lee Hup Wei (athletics)
Sportswoman: Khoo Cai Lin(swimming)
Most Promising Sportsman:Darren Subramaniam (squash)
Most Promising Sportswoman:Zatil Iman Abdul Ghani (bowling)
Dedicated officials: KamarulAzman Othman (rugby); Ong JinKooi (swimming); G. Balakrishnan(taekwondo)
Appreciation award: F&N Cola-Cola Malaysia; Selangor EducationDepartment
Special Award: Datuk Abdul MalikMohamed Salleh