ROUND 3 of the 2010 Malaysian Waterski and Wakeboard Cham-pionship in Putrajaya this weekend has attracted a host of current and former waterski and wakeboard stars.
Malaysia’s former Formula 1 racer, Alex Yoong has confirmed participation in all three events of slalom, shortboard and jump.
This will be his first competition in waterski after a 13-year layoff. He is however expected to shine as he has been back in training the past few weeks in Putrajaya.
Alex’s sister Phillipa Yoong is no pushover as she joins the men in the slalom, shortboard and jump events.
Pipa, as she is popularly known, is the Malaysian Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (MWWF) head coach at the Putrajaya Waterski and Wakeboard School.
Briton Mark Simmons, who is residing in Malaysia and a former British Junior waterski champion, is also competing in the slalom event.
In the wakeboard categories, top of the list is 17-year-old Sasha Christian, Singapore’s wakeboard darling and the 2009 IWWF Asian Wakeboard champion.
She will be the rose amongst the thorns in the Wakeboard Open Men & Women event.
Joining Sasha is the event’s favourite Frankie Ng, also from Singapore, who was runner-up in round 1.
Meanwhile, 1997 Jakarta SEA Games shortboard silver medallist Suter Tan will make his debut in Putrajaya.
With the competition gaining international renown, seven competitors from Kuwait are also heading Putrajaya’s way. The five men and two women are taking part in wakeboard events.
Leading the Kuwaiti entries is Bader Abdullah Al-Jihayem who had won the 2009 UAE Wakeboard Tour and placed 5th in Hong Kong’s Wakeboard Open event last year. Jeanne Marie Al-Failakawi, a US-born naturalised Kuwaiti will be taking part in the wakeboard women intermediate event with her 11-year-old daughter May Talal in the novice event.
A host of young skiers from Indonesia and Singapore are also entered to give our Malaysian age group skiers a tough fight in the slalom and tricks events.
The likes of Shamal Norman, Hadi Irfan, Ariff Alauddin, Nadiah Nasir, Hanis Azemi, Anakin Ali and Aaliyah Yoong may not have everything going their way with such strong challenges coming from these two countries.
The event, organised by MWWF at Putrajaya’s Water Sports Complex in Precinct 6, is sponsored by Putrajaya Corporation, Youth and Sports Ministry and World Waterski and Wakeboard Confederation.
Entry for spectators is free. The programme tomorrow starts from 2.30pm to 6pm and 8am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, visit www.waterski.com.my.