SQUASH player Ivan Yuen was presented with the Best Overall Student award at the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) Young Olympian Night ceremony in Kuala Lumpur recently.
Yuen can be easily considered the most improved squash player in the country. Besides showing excellent results in local and international squash competitions, Yuen, a product of the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) junior development programme, also did well in the SPM.
This year, Yuen won his first crown in the PSA circuit in the Indian Challenger. Prior to that, he had emerged runner-up in the World Junior championships and the British Junior Open championships. He also won the gold medal in the Asian Junior championships. In the SPM, Yuen, currently a Pre-University student at the BJSS, scored 4As and 3Bs.
Wushu exponents Foong Foo Mun and Ng Shin Yi were also honoured as the Best Male and Female athletes respectively while the Most Promising Male and Female athletes awards went to squash player Muhd Addeen Idraikie Bahtiar and netball player Norashikin Kamal Zaman respectively.
The Young Olympian Night was organised by the BJSS Parent-Teacher Association (PTA).
Its president, Dom Amy Hussain, said the awards ceremony was their way of appreciating the students’ success in sports as well as education.
“The students from BJSS have proven that studies and sports can go together. Our vision is to see them become good citizens and be idols to the younger generation. We hope to see them winning more honours for the country,” Dom said.
The Prime Minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is the patron of the BJSS PTA, was the guest of honour. She advised the students to strive for excellence in both sports and studies.
She also urged to work as team to succeed in their respective fields.
“Ask not what your teammates can do for you. Ask what you can do for your teammates. The best and fastest way to learn a sport is to watch and imitate a champion,” Rosmah said.
BJSS principal Marina Chin, a former national hurdler, said their vision was to groom the students to excel not only in sports.
“We want them to be good scholars with leadership qualities. We are pleased with the PTA for showing a lot of interest in the students’ and teachers’ welfare,” she said.
The students displayed their showmanship with a 1Malaysia dance while the gymnasts and wushu exponents also put up a performance.
ROLL OF HONOUR
Best overall student: Ivan Yuen (squash)
Best athlete (male): Foong Foo Mun (wushu)
Best athlete (female): Ng Shin Yi (wushu)
Most promising athlete (male): Muhd Addeen Idraikie Bahtiar (squash)
Most promising athlete (female): Norashikin Kamal Zaman (netball)
Special Awards (individual): Tai Cheau Xuen (wushu); Pandelela Rinong (diving); Ow Yao Han (badminton); Muhammad Zulhilme Afif Ahmad Zamri (cycling); Cheong See Teng (gymnastics); Elaine Koon (gymnastics); Mohd Fahme Zamzam Mehamad (athletics); Muhammad Syazwan Zakaria (athletics); Siti Nurhayati Zulkifli (athletics).
Best students (PMR): Yang Li Lian, Chuah Yu Tian, Yang Farha Farhani Fadzarahhman, Nurul Adha Abu Bakar, Shevon Lai Jemie, Naazra Hani Nasir, Sonia Cheah Su-ya.
Best students (SPM): Katrina Wong Suen Nee; Nabihah Ali; Nesserine Ariffin, Fan Lai Ling, Ong Boon Hui, Norliyana Kamaruddin, Ng Sin Zou, Yap Lee Ya.
Best students (Pre-U): Yeow Mie Xie, Phang Hua Mei