Sabah to reward para-athlete


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 13 Dec 2015

Golden girl: National Sports Council’s director-general Ahmad Shapawi Ismail (right) posing with Felicia and chef de mission Dr Ang Kean Koo.

KOTA KINABALU: A 16-year-old farmer’s daughter from the interior Tambunan district has caught the attention of the Sabah government.

The visually-impaired athlete Felicia Mikat had done Sabah and the nation proud by winning three gold medals in the just concluded 8th Asean Para Games in Singapore, said state Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan.

“I’m so delighted with Felicia’s success. She has brought honour to our country,” Tawfiq told The Star.

He said the Sabah government through his ministry would present Felicia and other gold medallists from the state with cash incentives.

However, he made no mention of the amount yet.

Tawfiq said the state government would also do all it could to help her achieve her dream of becoming a teacher.

Felicia, a sprinter, won gold medals at the 100m T13, 200m T13 and 400m T13 events at her inaugural outing in the Para Games held last weekend.

The student of SMK Badin in Tuaran, about 20km from here, dedicated her victory to her father, a cocoa farmer and rubber tapper, and her teammates.

Felicia said she was thankful to her family and those around her who had constantly been supportive of her.

Felicia stands to receive RM40,000 under the Asean Para Games incentive scheme.

Only the gold medal winners are rewarded.

The first gold is worth RM20,000 and RM10,000 for the subsequent ones.

Her three gold medals were among the 52 won by Malaysia.

The competitors also won 58 silver and 37 bronze medals to place the country at third spot in overall standings.

Another sprinter Krishna Kumar Hari Das also swept three gold medals in the men’s sprint – dominating the 100m T38, 200m T38 and 400m T38 events.

Athletics were the biggest medal contributors for Malaysia – with 27 golds, 18 silvers and eight bronzes.

Other Malaysian athletes who excelled at the Games included 15-year-old swimmer Carmen Lim (50m freestyle S8), 19-year-old runner Muhd Ashraf Muhd Haisham (800m T46), 18-year-old Abdul Latif Romly (long jump F20) and 20-year-old swimmer Yoong Chung Wei.

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