MALACCA: Swimming is a sport that encompasses the whole family at various levels where developing a fondness for water will last a lifetime. Apart from the competitive aspects, regular social swimming keeps one in good shape while inducing general fitness and endurance.
Sixty-six year old Ng Su Ha, sons Yau Fatt and Yau Kit as well as daughter Elaine, will testify to the well grounded philosophies that holds the family proud and in good stead.
Since 2001, the Ng family has been operating the NSH Swimming Academy (NSHSA) and initiated the Malim Swimming Centre last year. The academy also runs a couple of pools at local golf resorts. They organise all year round swimming development and coaching programmes for beginners, children, adults and expatriates
To complete the family’s passionate involvement in the sport, Elaine and Yau Kit run a swimming and acquatics product, wear and accessories outlet at a leading shopping complex in Malacca City.
Generally, the academy oversees grassroot development and training schemes complete with regular mini competitions for novices and beginners at all the pools under the Ng family supervision.
Talents and potentials spotted are also brought into the know of the Malacca Amateur Swimming Association (MASA) for further competitive grooming.
MASA since early last year brought on board Pan Zil Un, a 44 year old coach from Hubei province in China in efforts to revitalize the state’s swimming scene with the build up of a high performance talent base.
All said, the NSHSA is certainly playing a contributory and supplementary role towards heightening Malacca’s swimming standards
The sporting Ng family have the credentials and qualifiations to make a go of things as far as churning up young and talented potentials are concerned. After all, Ng senior was a state table tennis player of repute while attached with the local Public Works Department and a qualified swimming coach with some 30 years experience.
He was responsible for spotting Yau Fatt, Yau Kit and Elaine’s prowess who then went on to land numerous gold medals wins at national and state schools and age group competitions between 1990 and 1995.
To date, two of the academy’s bright prospects Lee Zhi Wee aged 12 and Gan Yu Jing ,15, made an impression at last year’s national meets.
Zhi Wee picked up bronze medals in the 50 and 100m breastroke while Yu Jing also scoopd up a bronze in the 50m breastroke in two legs and grand final of the Sports Excel/Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia/National Sports Council organised and sponsored circuit held in Shah Alam, Paroi and Kuala Lumpur.
Zhi Wee also bagged a couple of bronze medals in the 50 and 100m breastroke clocking 1:24.03 and 38.8 seconds respectively at the 29th 2010 National Inter-Club Championships for the President’s Cup held at the National Aquatic Centre late last year.
The academy’s reckoning has also triggered support from a group of Muar swimmers between the ages of 10 and 18. Since 2009, the group makes it to Malacca to train under Yau Fatt a qualified Level 2 coach.
The Muar swimmers’ parents have adopted a car-pooling approach for the 45-minute trip to Malacca to enable their children undergo intensive training and stroke practice sessions as well physical and fitness workout on alternative days.
The crop of Muar swimming potentials have over the last two years, been holding their own at respective district schools and age group meets where Hazafikri Abdul Halim, Yam Zhan Hong, Koh Wee Yang, Desmond Si, Lee Shou Wee, Melvin Tan, Low Qin Hui and Rachel See are considered national prospects.
“Swimming, especially among the very young is witnessing an upswing in recent years.
“There are many promising young potentials around that can go a long way in the sport with determination and dedication rendered faithfully and diligently.
“Our academy’s main aim is to nurture and develop talents for competitive swimming, all in a firm bid to raise state and national standards.
“We also see much parental support to spur young talents who are delighted just like us to see them do well in local competitions or make their marks on the national scene.” remarked Su Ha whose passion for the sport has not dimmed one bit.