IPOH: Swimmer Cindy Ong, the Best Sportsgirl at the recent Sukma in Negri Sembilan, was richer by RM37,000 yesterday.
The Ipoh girl received RM17,000 from the Perak Sports Council (PSC) for her six gold-medal winning performance, which included five national records.
The United States-based Cindy rewrote her own national record in the 50m freestyle. She also set new nationals records in the 50m butterfly, 50m breaststroke, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly.
On top of that, the state government and Perak Umno each gave Cindy RM10,000 for winning the Best Sportsgirl award.
A total of RM372,675 in cash incentives was given away to the successful Sukma athletes, coaches and managers by the Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Tajol Rosli Ghazali at a luncheon here yesterday.
Gymnast Ng Shu Mun was the second highest recipient, collecting RM10,750. He won four golds and four bronzes.
Fauziah Abdul Razak, the nations top junior sprinter, earned RM9,000 for bagging four golds.
The state government and Perak Umno also rewarded the 16-year-old for winning the 400m gold at the Asian Junior Championships earlier this month. It was Malaysias first-ever gold in the championships and both gave her RM10,000 each.
It was a memorable week for Fauziah. Earlier on Wednesday, the Form Two student of Sekolah Menengah Gunung Rapat, was picked as Peraks 2003 Sportsgirl of the Year.
Of all the Perak teams who competed in Sukma, the shooting squad were the most successful. They amassed seven golds, four silvers and five bronzes to earn RM41,250.
The athletics team were second, picking up RM38,000 for eight golds, nine silvers and three bronzes.
For the record, Perak finished third overall in Sukma with 47 golds, 35 silvers and 50 bronzes.
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