PETALING JAYA: Former wushu international Lim Chiew Ah may be 59 years old but she is showing no sign of slowing down in promoting wushu to the younger generation
And for her untiring effort, dedication and passion in promoting wushu among woman for the last 15 years, Chiew Ah was deservingly named as the recipient of the 2005 Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) Women and Sport Award.
Yesterday, Chiew Ah, who beat four other candidates Norlia Ismail, Tan Jin Yin, Datuk Mary Ritchie and Shirley Chow received the highest accolade for a woman in sports from the Raja Permaisuri Agung Tuanku Fauziah Al-Marhum Tengku Abdul Rashid during a ceremony at the Hotel Istana last night.
Norlia and Jin Yin were also honoured last night.
Norlia, the president of the Hulu Langat District Netball Association, was presented with a Special Award for development of the sport at grassroots level.
Jin Yin, who has devoted her life towards helping the Malaysian Paralympic Council (MPC) in the development and promotion of wheelchair basketball in the country, received a Special Award for the development of disabled athletes.
Chiew Ah, who featured in the 1991 Manila SEA Games at the age of 45 in the taijiquan event, received the award for promoting the sport among women.
She has played an active role in the development of the sport in the country through coaching in schools for all races, especially in Seremban and Penang.
In promoting the game, she has raised the standard of wushu exponents and also created awareness on a healthy lifestyle.
Chiew Ah is also actively serving several sports and community associations and is currently the vice-president of the Selangor and Kuala Lumpur Wushu Federation, besides being an advisor to the Tai Chi Huang Association of Malaysia.
Currently, she is teaching wushu at the Kuan Cheng Girls School in Kuala Lumpur and also gives talks on wushu.
In paying tribute to the achievements of women in sports led by Chiew Ah, OCM vice-president Low Beng Choo said that women had shown more tenacity, commitment, determination, dedication, discipline, capability and achievement.
She, however, made a clarion call for more women to be involved in sports. Our ability to juggle so many roles at any one time, as daughter, wife, mother, career-women and sportswomen speaks volumes for womens capabilities, Beng Choo said in her speech.