DIMINUTIVE five-year-old Aaliyah Yoong was the toast of the Putrajaya Waterski and Wakeboard Junior Cup championship when she amassed the highest score of 17.5 in the Mini Slalom for girls (10 and under), fending off her nearest rival Hanis Azemi, 10, also from Malaysia.
All eyes were on the Q-Dees kid who grew in stature as she easily manoeuvred the red balls to come out victorious in the first round of the 2009 national championship organised by the Malaysian Water Ski Federation (MWSF) at the water Sports Complex in Precinct 6 Putrajaya.
The girl began following her parents waterskiing only a few months ago and started out with kneeboarding. She was also the youngest MWSF trainee to successfully drop her ski to ski off on a single ski in February.
“Winning was sweet success,’’ she said.
For a little girl to compete with participants double her age and size and go on to win first place is a feat in itself as there were hardly any slalom skiers in Malaysia before the Putrajaya Waterski World Cup last year.
This is only the first round and watersports enthusiasts would hear more of her if she keeps up the momentum.
The event will be held over four rounds at Putrajaya and the Mines Resort in Kuala Lumpur with Round 2 slotted for July 11 and 12 at the Mines Resort and Round 3 will return to Putrajaya on the Oct 17 and 18 while Round 4 will be held on Dec 5 and 6 (venue to be confirmed).
The two-day event saw more than 50 participants of which 16 were overseas participants taking part in different disciplines of waterskiing and wakeboarding.
However, the highlights were the Slalom Men’s Open and the Wakeboard Men’s Open as well as the mini-slalom categories for boys’ Under-10 and girls’ Under-10.
The 2009 event to unearth new talents and to promote Putrajaya as a world class venue for waterskiing and other water-related sports, is an offshoot of the Putrajaya WaterSki World Cup which was held at the same venue on Nov 7 and 9 last year.
Syahir Nasir of Malaysia emerged victorious when he garnered 29 points to brush aside his nearest rival and compatriot Hadi Irfan on 20.5 points in the Mini Slalom for boys Under-10.
In the Wakeboard Men’s Women’s Intermediate final, Ade Hermana of Indonesia proved to be the best with a score of 34.46 with Singapore’s David Leaver taking second spot at 28.45.
The Men’s/Women’s Open final saw keen competition before Julien Breistroff of Hong Kong reeled off with a score of 62.81, leaving compatriot Cheng Wai Kam with 57.01 on second spot.
With the enthusiasm received on both days of the events, the Waterski and Wakeboard competition is here to stay as now a big group of local and young skiers in their teens and pre-teens are waiting to make a mark at world-class championships.
FINAL RESULTS: Wakeboard
Women’s Novice: 1. Cai Mei (Malaysia) - 18.46; 2. Siti Nurkarimah Andini (Indonesia) - 16.69; 3. Ummi Toyibhatus (Indonesia) - 15.68.
Men’s Novice: 1. Shamal Norman (Malaysia) - 25.01; 2. Rody Sofian Buang (Malaysia) - 23.92; 3. Shafiq Iqmal (Malaysia) - 23.12
Men’s/Women’s 1. Intermediate: Ade Hermana (Indonesia) - 34.46; 2. David Leaver (singapore) - 28.45; 3. Kalya Kee (Singapore) - 26.57
Men’s/Women’s Open: 1. Julien Breistroff (HK) - 62.81; 2. Cheng Wai Kam (HK) - 57.01; 3. Lin Hao-Ting (TPE) - 43.35
FINAL RESULTS: Mini-Slalom
Girls (Under-15): 1. Kalya Kee (Singapore) - 23; 2. Nadiah Nasir (Malaysia) - 14; 3. Syakirah Nasir (Malaysia) - 12.
Boys (Under-18): 1. Haziq Zohari (Malaysia) - 33.5; 2. Izarin Sumar Lee (Malaysia) - 22.5; 3. Shamal Norman (Malaysia) - 21.
Women (Under-18): 1. Ummu Thoyibhatus Sholikah (Indonesia) - 20.5; 2. Norzeela Sulaiman (Malaysia) - 17; 3. Nur Izzaty Zainal (Malaysia) - 17.
Men (Under-18): 1. Danny Choo (Malaysia) - 22.5; 2. Majid Doraini (Malaysia) -15; 3. Armand Ali (Malaysia) - 14.
Girls (Under-10): 1. Aaliyah Yoong (Malaysia) - 17.5; 2. Hanis Azemi (Malaysia) - 15; 3. Emilia Guliva Hampp (Indonesia) - 5.
Boys (Under-10): 1. Syahir Nasir (Malaysia) - 29; 2. Hadi Irfan (Malaysia) - 20.5; 3. Anakin Ali (Malaysia) - 16.
FINAL RESULTS: Slalom
Men and Women Open: 1. Fath Daud Wangka (Indonesia) - 39; 2. Yusuke Nozawa (Japan) - 32.5; 3. Cheng Wai Kam (HK) - 14.5