PETALING JAYA: Youngster Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah added another feather to her growing list of achievements by winning the women’s tricks event at the IWWF Asian Cup water-skiing championships in Makassar, Indonesia.
The 11-year-old, the reigning Asian champion and youngest-ever Malaysian SEA Games gold medallist, qualified for the final in first place with a score of 4,330 points on Sunday.
Aaliyah, who also won the Malindo Championships in Indonesia in April, then equalled the same score to take the gold. Japan’s Saaya Hirosawa finished second with a 3,520 total.
Up-and-coming youngster Arianna Chow clinched the bronze for Malaysia. The 13-year-old Arianna, who only started training with the Malaysian Waterski and Wakeboard Federation (MWWF) two years ago, scored 3,410 points.
Aaliyah, however, was unable to finish on the podium in the women’s slalom. She was placed eighth.
Aaliyah, the world No. 8 in the Under-17 category, will now prepare for the Asian Oceanian Championships in Perth, Australia, from Oct 5-12.
Besides Aaliyah and Arianna, Malaysia will also send 16-year-old Syahir Nasir, eight-year-old Aiden Yoong Hanifah and six-year-old Adam Yoong Hanifah to compete in the water-skiing events. Two others – Cheah Hsu Ann and Arianna Eimer – will compete in the women’s wakeboard event.