|SECOND STRAIGHT WIN: Zainudin lifts the overall champions trophy as the Sarawak team celebrate their victory in the MSSM Silat Championship at the State Indoor Stadium yesterday.|
The host team won the golds in the Seni Tari Silat (Putera Sekolah Rendah and Puteri Sekolah Rendah, Puteri Sekolah Menengah) and Seni Tempur Silat (Puteri Sekolah Menengah) for their second consecutive victory in the national inter-state schools championship.
Sarawak won its silver medal in the Seni Tempur Silat (Putera Sekolah Rendah) while the bronzes were won in the Seni Tempur Silat (Puteri Sekolah Rendah and Putera Sekolah Rendah).
Apart from that, Sarawak were also overall champions of the Girls category in the Secondary School section.
“I am very happy and proud of our achievement. To defend the crown is no easy task especially that we are up against very strong opposition from Selangor, Johor and Sabah,” said chief coach Wan Zainudin Wan Junaidi.
Sarawak were the overall champions in 2009 in Kuala Lumpur where they captured three golds, one silver and three bronzes.
The championship was supposed to be held last year but was postponed to this year and the Sarawak Education Department was entrusted to host the competition in Kuching.
Wan Zainudin, who teaches at SMK Matang Hilir, attributed the success to the good cooperation and teamwork of all parties, the coaches from Persatuan Rumpun Silat Sarawak, teacher coaches, students and their parents.
The team was managed by Patrick Philip Moss while the assistant coaches were Normazila Yazid and Adzhar Rabu.
“We would like to thank our State Education Department director Abdillah Adam for his support, encouragement and constant reminder that we must try our very best to do the state proud again,” he added.
Meanwhile, Selangor were the overall champions in the Primary Schools Boys after they won the gold in the Seni Tempur Silat and silver in the Seni Tari Silat.
They also collected the Primary Schools Girls overall champions title for winning the gold in the Seni Tempur Silat and the silver in the Seni Tari Silat.
The Boys overall champions of the Secondary Schools were Johor who won the gold in the Seni Tari Silat.
Three hundred and eight-four students from 16 teams took part in the five-day championship that commenced on Sept 19.
Abdillah, who was the organising chairman, closed the event and gave away the prizes to the winners.
Written by TING TIENG HEE
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