NOT many would belive that Nur Irfan Iman Noorman, 21, was trying out wall climbing for the first time.
His maiden experience showed that he was a natural; not only did he make it to the top of the man-made cliff, he also came out first in the Men’s Closed category of the Putrajaya Community Wall Climbing competition.
“Climbing is a great feeling and I am glad to have learned a new skill, ” said Nur Irfan, adding that he was an extreme sports junkie who had tried mountain biking and long-distance cycling.
“I will definitely return for more of these wall climbing competitions, ” he added.
Nur Irfan picked up the skill after attending a basic wall climbing workshop prior to the competition held at the Wall Climbing Complex in Taman Cabara, Precinct 5, Putrajaya. It attracted around 100 participants, including children.
The participants were divided into four categories, namely Men and Women Closed categories as well as Men and Women Open Novice categories.
Climbers who scored the most points upon completing routes with different levels of difficulties as well as bouldering were named the winners.
Avid climber Nur Diyanah Batrisyia Mohd Zakir, 27, was surprised to have taken top spot in the Women Open Novice category.
“I had to stop wall climbing for a while when I was pregnant. I delivered my daughter in August last year and started training again and became active in sports one month ago.“It is quite a fascinating sport as it requires a certain skill and a lot of discipline, ” she said.
Nur Diyanah and other winners of their respective categories took home RM300, while the first and second runners-up received RM200 and RM100 respectively for their efforts.
Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) president Datuk Dr Aminuddin Hassim, who was present to give away prizes to the winners, hopes the competition will draw more people to Putrajaya.
“There is an upward trend in people coming here to take part in sporting activities.
“Last year, about three million people came to Putrajaya for activities and one-third of them were here for sporting events.
“As for the wall climbing complex, there are not many places in Malaysia with such facilities that are managed by local authorities.
“But the complex here is packed during weekends and some of them are children.
“We hope that these youngsters can encourage more of their peers to take part in the sport, ” said Aminuddin.