THE Malaysian Gymnastics Federation (MGF) successfully held the MGF Princess Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship at the Datuk Teo Hang Sam Auditorium, UOW Malaysia KDU University College (Glenmarie Campus).
The regional level competition — the second event of the series following a similar competition last month in Raja Melewar, Negri Sembilan — was held in Selangor with the cooperation of Selangor Youth Community (SAY), the royal foundation of Selangor which seeks to create a community of youth, for youth and run by youths.
The event, which was attended by SAY royal patron Raja Muda Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, saw the participation of 350 youths aged between three and nine years old.
The focus of the two-day competition was to continue MGF’s efforts to unearth the talent of young rhythmic gymnasts in Malaysia at the grassroots level and cultivate their development to create a new generation of athletes that can compete at the regional, international and Olympic levels of the sport.
It gives the juniors an opportunity to put their skills to the test, while providing them with valuable experience which is crucial to the development of young athletes.
The closing ceremony featured performances by the national gymnastics team, as well as a gala performance by 2018 Olympic Council of Malaysia Olympian of the Year Amy Kwan Dict Weng.
“We are proud to have successfully hosted this year’s Princess Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship, especially considering the strong turnout of young athletes, which bodes well for the future of gymnastics in Malaysia, ” said MGF president Rachel Lau.
“The development of gymnastics, as a sport in Malaysia, requires more focus as it promotes core skills and develops great sportsmanship as well as important values such as perseverance, discipline, teamwork and resilience.
“We are honoured to have had the backing of Tengku Amir and the SAY foundation to help identify young talents and help them grow to be able to compete under the Malaysian flag on the international stage.”