AT the time when most Malaysians were glued to their television sets during the recent Euro Football matches, Inti College Malaysia gave football fever a shot in the arm when it held its very own action-packed sports fest for secondary school students. The aim of the sports fest was to inculcate the spirit of sportsmanship in students, and to scout for promising new sports talents.
Held at Inti’s main campus in Bandar Baru Nilai, the sports fest brought together more than 700 students from various schools in the Klang Valley and Negri Sembilan. The students competed in five events, namely badminton, basketball, street soccer, table tennis and volleyball, to vie for the Inti Challenge Trophy.
Gold medallist for gymnastics at the 16th Commonwealth Games in 1998 and Inti alumnus, Thye Chee Kiat, officiated the event. Thye is currently a full-time gymnastic coach who trains students for national and state level competitions.
At the opening ceremony, she inspired students to aim for the best in life, even if the odds were against them. She then kicked off the sports meet by literally throwing a ball, in rhythmic gymnastic style, to the audience.
Besides competitive games, the sports fest also boasted varied, fun-filled activities such as a treasure hunt, cyber quiz, bowling and games like Chopstick Master and Cluedo. The science and engineering laboratories had demonstrations of activities like blood typing, DNA electrophoresis and staining to identify criminals and murderers.
Participating schools included Chung Hwa High School, Kwang Hua High School, SMK Kwang Hua, SMK Klang Utama and SMK Perempuan Methodist in Klang; SMK Chan Wa and SMK Methodist (ACS) in Seremban; SMK Chung Hua in Kuala Pilah; SMK Chung Hua in Port Dickson; SMK Dato’ Mohd Said in Nilai; SMK Mantin; SMK Seri Gading in Rawang, and SMK Seri Kembangan in Serdang.
SMK Kwang Hua emerged champion, scoring 95 points, while SMK Chan Wa was first runner-up with 66 points. SMK Taman Klang Utama was the second runner-up.