Selangor came out tops in the Malaysia Schools Sports Council (MSSM) rhythmic gymnastics competition after bagging the overall team gold in the senior and pre-junior Under-12 category.
Selangor gymnast Amira Sofiya Amirul Fares, who performed in the senior category and also clinched the silver medal for the overall individual title as well as three silver medals for the hoop, ball and clubs category, was overjoyed.
“For the senior category, we dominated the competition. My main competitor was my teammate, Jess Lim.
“Although I came in second for the individual event, I was glad that we clinched the team gold together,” she said.
“I made some silly mistakes in the routine which cost me precious points. However, I gave my best and I am quite satisfied with my overall performance,” she said.
Amira Sofiya had previously resigned from the national team because she wanted to focus on her studies and SPM examination.
“I have decided to retire from rhythmic gymnastics and will now focus on studying hard. I am aiming to do well in my SPM exams in order to further my studies in the United Kingdom,” she said.
Meanwhile, Bernice Lim, who contested in the pre-junior Under-12 category, won four bronze medals in the individual category and gold for the team event.
She came in third as the overall champion with her three bronze medals coming in the ball, ribbon and freehand categories.
Carolyn’s School of Rhythmic Gymnastics coach Carolyn Au Yong said both of her trainees did well in the competition that took place from March 21 to 24.
“I am very happy with their performance as this is one of the best results we have had from the MSSM meets which we have been involved in. They are both first- timers in the MSSM event yet performed admirably,” she said.
She also praised Amira Sofiya for getting her new routines spot-on despite having less than three months to prepare for it.
“Not many youngsters can achieve such good results in a short period of time but she nailed it,” Carolyn added.