The bi-annual Sarawak State Sports Awards was held on Sept 2, 2017 at Riverside Majestic Hotel. Organised by the State Government together with Sarawak Sports Corporation and Majlis Sukan Negeri Sarawak (MSNS), the awards ceremony honoured the State’s outstanding and promising sportsmen and sportswomen. Also awarded were various individuals, sports associations, members of the media and related bodies.
Present at the awards night were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (on behalf of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg), State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Assistant Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin, Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Snowdan Lawan, Assistant Minister of Transportation Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, Permanent Secretary to the Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Ministry Datu Ik Pahon Joyik, and CEO of Sarawak Sports Corporation Dr Ong Kong Swee.
“We have witnessed a number of big sporting events in the years 2015 and 2016. At the 2015 SEA Games and 2015 ASEAN Para Games, which were held in Singapore, our athletes have won many gold medals, especially in athletics, swimming, diving, wushu, silat, shooting, tennis, volleyball and powerlifting. And because of their sterling performance at the 2015 SEA Games and 2015 ASEAN Para Games, many of our athletes were selected to represent Malaysia at the 2016 Olympics and 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,” he said.
The recently concluded Kuala Lumpur SEA Games 2017, he said, saw Sarawak athletes breaking a number of records and contributing 13 out of 145 gold medals won by Malaysia. Record breakers include 17-year-old Grace Wong, Jackie Wong Siew Cheer, Welson Sim, Pandelela, Tracy Vivien Tukiet, Loh Jack Chang, Diana Bong Siong Lin, Sanjay Singh and Wong Mei Chyn.
Abdul Karim went on to mention about the 2016 edition of Malaysia Games (SUKMA), which returned to Sarawak after a 26-year lapse. He said that with SUKMA XVIII, Sarawak had set a new benchmark that would prove to be quite a challenge for the next organising state to top. He also commended the State athletes, including our para athletes who emerged the overall champion at the Malaysia Para Games for the 12th consecutive year.
Meanwhile, in a pre-recorded video message by Abang Johari, the Chief Minister said that the awards ceremony was a great way to show the State’s appreciation towards our athletes, who have made Sarawak proud with their amazing feats in various local and international sporting events. He spoke of the State’s initiative in making available world-class sporting facilities such as the badminton stadium in Sibu and Pandelela Rinong Aquatic Centre, which will be able to help boost the performance of local athletes. The Chief Minister also congratulated Sarawak athletes who competed at the 2017 SEA Games on their win, particularly those who have contributed gold medals for the Malaysian contingent.
Sixteen awards were given out during the 2015/2016 Sarawak State Nurul Hidayah bt Abdul Karim (taekwondo) - ‘Sarawak Sportswoman of The Year 2015/16’ Loh Jack Chang (wushu) - ‘Sarawak Sportman of The Year 2015/16’ Alice Chang Si Lian (ping pong) Grace Wong (women’s hammer throw) Sports Awards. Loh Jack Chang was crowned Sarawak Sportman of The Year, while Sportswoman of The Year award went to Nurul Hidayah bt Abdul Karim (Taekwondo). Sarawak Paralympic Sportsman of The Year was awarded to Jamery Anak Siga while Nur Atirah Voon Abdullah bagged the Sarawak Paralympic Sportswoman of The Year title.
Other award categories were:
- ‘Promising Sportsman’ – Jerry Ak Gawan (weightlifting)
- ‘Promising Sportswoman’ – Alice Chang Si Lian (ping pong)
- Best Sports Coach – Jackson Ting Nik Soon (tenpin bowling)
- Best Paralympic Sports Coach – Matthew Chin Hiong Choi (athletics)
- Best State Sports Association – Sarawak Tenpin Bowling Association (tenpin bowling)
- Best Men’s Team – Men’s Tenpin Bowling Team (Ervin Lim Wai Mun, Christopher Tiong Lee Siong, Muhammad Syafiq bin Sajeli, Abang Afiq Yazid bin Abang Azman, Musayyar bin Khalid and Mohd Uzair Irsyad bin Noor Azrul)
- Best Women’s Team – Women’s Tenpin Bowling Team (Nerosha Keligit Thiagarajan, Jocelyna Judith Jonathan, Nur Syafiqah bt Sajeli, Gillian Lim Siew Giok, Jacelyn Ng Shuh Win and Nur Aina Kamalia by Abdul Ayub)
- Best Sports Leadership – Sunny Si Poh Heng (Tenpin Bowling)
- Best Sports Photographer – Teo Chi Wei (See Hua Daily News)
- Best Sports Writer, Bahasa Malaysia – Harry bin Ilias (Utusan Borneo)
- Best Sports Writer, English – Ting Tieng Hee (Borneo Post)
- Best Sports Writer, Mandarin – Hii Hong Wee (Sin Chew Daily)
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