PETALING JAYA: Datuk Tan Gin Soon (pic), an old hand in gymnastics, has finally received due recognition.
The Penangite has been elected as the Malaysian Gymnastics Federation (MGF) president during the national body’s 26th annual general meeting on Saturday.
The 75-year-old won the post uncontested after previous president Rachel Lau did not stand for re-election.
“I’m happy to see the majority of our affiliates turning up to show their support. I’m also pleased that the MGF now have a mix of new and old faces to bring the sport forward, ” said Gin Soon, who has served the northern state as the president for 18 years.
While he will be ably assisted by experienced hands like Kau Git Kaur, Francis Loh and Mike Ng, the national body also welcomed former national woman gymnast Lee Wan Nin, who won the vice-president’s post uncontested.
Meanwhile, former group exercise gymnast, Afrita Ariany Nasril was elected as the secretary.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has affected the athletes’ training programme but we are slowly picking up pace. The tough times however, has given the leadership more time to plan for the future. We hope to hit the ground running when everything restarts, ” said Gin Soon.
Gin Soon, who is also a member of the Penang State Sports Council, said the major events for their gymnasts this year are the Tokyo Olympic Games and the SEA Games in Vietnam.
Malaysia will be represented by Farah Ann Abdul Hadi in Tokyo while preparations for the Hanoi Games started last month under coaches Ng Shu Wai and Natalia Sinkova.
OFFICE BEARERS 2021-23
President: Datuk Tan Gin Soon.
Deputy president: Kau Git Kaur.
Vice-presidents: Datuk Azmi Abas, Francis Loh, Lee Wan Nin.
Secretary: Afrita Ariany Nasril.
Treasurer: Margaret Chong.
Committee members: Mike Ng, Wong Chiew Lee, Eugene Ong Yu Qin, Nor Zuria Adila Zulkepli, Hassan Abdul Rahman, Lim Hui Fun.