The 13th and 14th of April were big days for DSA Swimming Club as the team of 208 swimmers filled in the venue at Pusat Akuatik Darul Ehsan, Shah Alam for the first leg of the prestigious SportExcel/Milo/NSC/ASUM Junior Swimming Circuit 2019. The largest team at the Meet went home with most of the honours as they collected a total of 30 medals, the highest total of the teams but fell short of the Gold medal count to be at the second spot. It was a huge move up from the 7th spot the previous year and was a big result for the young swimmers as they needed to get maximum points in both legs of the Swimming Circuit to make it to the Grand Final.
The swimmers were all at their best with DSA’s young champion Yap Yong Jie making a clean sweep at almost all his 8 events, winning a total of 7 Golds and 1 Silver. He also recorded the second highest individual points in the Boys Category. Brilliant performances by Liew Xiao Rou and Darren Lew Chen Jet gave them also Gold medals to take home while Chong Xin Lin, Ng Yean Yu and Lew Zhi Tong were among the others who added their contributions to the team tally. It was a great start for the large group of young DSA swimmers who had their taste of competitive swimming and now they have to train hard for the second leg to gather the required points. A detailed view of the medals tally is as follows:
A two day Swim Clinic exclusively for DSA Swim Team members was held on 6th-7th April at the National Aquatic Centre, Bukit Jalil, KL Sports City. The Clinic was conducted by International Coach, Rob Greenwood and Olympic Gold Medalist, Joseph Schooling. The sessions on the first day included techniques for Backstroke, turns and getting the finer points of the Butterfly stroke with the 2016 Olympic Champion, Joseph Schooling. The second day’s sessions included bettering the swimming styles of Freestyle, Breaststroke starts and dives.
For the many young swimmers of the DSA Swim Team who had an amazing time attending the Swim Clinic, it was no doubt a great opportunity to witness first hand a world-class swimmer going through the drills and demonstration of the Butterfly stroke. The Q & A sessions which followed gave the swimmers a deeper understanding into the process of development of a world class swimmer and the many aspects that go into it. Joseph Schooling discussed factors like time management, nutrition intake, race mentality and other elements a swimmer has to be aware and focused on when it comes to competing at international levels. The DSA coaches who also attended the Swim Clinic had a great experience learning and understanding better coaching methods and skills and further enhanced their capabilities in these areas through their interactions with Rob Greenwood.
DSA wishes to thank both Rob Greenwood and Joseph Schooling for the tremendous effect they had on the DSA Swim Team members through the Swim Clinic. DSA also thanks all the swimmers and parents who were a part of these amazing and rewarding two day morale booster and look forward to the oncoming Meets during the year.
The 4th Selangor Novice Swim Meet 2019 was held on 30-31 March at Pusat Akuatik Darul Ehsan, Shah Alam. Being a Selangor State Meet, only DSAS swimming club swimmers participated in the Meet and it was a great experience for the many first-timers at competitive swimming. Charmaine Hung Yun Wen and Neel Kantha Arjoo Segar led from the front with 3 Golds each for the Club while other swimmers like Kaylee Koh Lee Shen, Yoong Chang Lin,Jason Liew Zhi Khang, Hailey Chong Sue Huey and Tan Qian Yu added to the mdeal count. Besides this, the Girls 11-12yrs Medley Relay Team also broke the Meet record with a fabulous timing of 1:07.95. A detailed view of the medal tally was as follows:
The recently concluded inter-school Meet of the Malaysia School Sports Council (MSSM) held on 24-28 March 2019 at Pusat Akuatik Tuanku Zara, Ipoh Perak gave the opportunity for some dazzling performances by DSA and DSAS Club swimmers.
Georgene Wee Ee Jern, Darren Lew Chen Jet, Chong Xin Lin and Marcus Woo Yong Hau were some of the top swimmers in their age groups as they competed brilliantly taking home more than 2 Golds each in addition to establishing new Meet records. Besides their individual performances, the DSA club swimmers also contributed significantly in the Relay events and made their home teams proud.
A detailed view of the medal winning performances are given below
Misa Okuzono, Yap Yong Jie were the record breakers for DSA Swimming Club in the recently concluded Malaysia Invitational Age Group Championships held at National Aquatic Centre, KL Sports City, Bukit Jalil on 07-10 March 2019.
The Meet saw a very high level of Competitive Swimming participation as 26 State teams from all over Malaysia. Teams from countries like HongKong, Indonesia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Thailand, Sri Lanka and UAE were also vying for the medals and the glory. WP Kuala Lumpur crested in at the top spot with a tally of 44 Golds and over 107 medals in total. Selangor State was second with 29 Golds and Hong Kong clinched third spot with 24 medals. A good portion of the medals won by Team KL were through some of the champion swimmers of the DSA Swimming Club.
Misa Okuzono was undoubtedly at her best again as she cleared out 10 Golds with 5 Meet Records. Yap Yong Jie followed with 5 more Golds and 4 Meet Records in his events while Alma Louise Dahl took home 7 Golds. Georgene Wee also won a Gold for her 800m Freestyle. Darren Lew Chen Jet and Chong Hiong Kiat won a Gold each in their events to bring WP Luala Lumpur team to the top. Other medal winners included Laim Eu Li-An, Jaydrien Ng Shen Kang and Eunice Wong Ee Yin. It was also highly commendable that both Jaydrein and Eunice Wong won medals on their first ever MIAG Meet. Fatin Amira Bt Ahmad Hadri and Lew Zhi Tong from the DSAS Swimming club made their contributions to bring Selangor State to the runners-up position.
A detailed view of the medals tally is given below:
Georgene Wee, long time DSA swimming champ emerged as the Top Swimmer in her age group category (16-18 years), winning the most medals with 11 Golds, 2 Silver & Bronzes and 3 Meet records in the MSSWP Swimming Championship 2019 at Cheras pool on 19-20 February, 2019.
Other DSA swimmers who have emerged as Overall Champion of their age group are Lean Yiyi (7 Golds) and Jaydrien Ng (5 Golds) while Liam Eu achieved 1st Runner-up in his age group with 3 Golds and 1 Meet record.
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Jack Leetham, a young champion swimmer from DSA won the top spot in the 5km Individual Category at the Oceanman Langkawi 2018 event. The yearly Open water endurance swimming event was held at Tanjung Rhu beach, Langkawi with international participation with swimmers from European nations also assembling at the tourist destination.
As Jack says in his interview after the event, open water swimming calls for a lot of stamina and endurance as the ocean currents are often unpredictable and there needs to be a lot of safety precautions in place for the participants. The event was well organized and he felt safe going out into the open water, though on the return leg, the waters were a bit choppy according to him.
DSA congratulates Jack Leetham on this outstanding achievement and kudos to him for taking swimming to new levels and it all begins with a good learning of swimming skills, something which DSA instills in every young swimmer.
DSA Swim Clinic with Peter Bishop draws scores of young swimmers
The Chinese New Year at DSA started with some international visitors much to the delight of the young swimmers who has gathered for the one day Swim Clinic organized by DSA at Bukit Jalil on 9 Feb 2019. The Clinic was conducted by Peter Bishop, 2018 Australian Coach of the Year, together with Kyle Chalmers, 2016 Rio Olympics Gold Medalist (100m Freestyle).
Along with them, other international swimming stars from the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) also joined in at the Lion Dance Celebration to mark the start of the Chinese New Year. The swimmers included Brittany Elmslie–Olympics Gold Medalist, 2012 & 2016, Madison Wilson–Commonwealth Games and World Championship medalist, Travis Mahoney and James McKechnie who both competed in Commonwealth Games and World Championships.
About 130 young swimmers from DSA Swimming Team participated in the Clinic which covered topics like the role of proper stroke and technique and the importance of having the right equipment for training. The elite swimmers shared their valuable experience and tips to an enthralled audience as they spoke about their journey to the Olympics, how they prepare themselves for the swim meets, how they manage their emotion and nervousness pre race, what kind of food they eat, what they do for recovery. The swimmers and coaches then moved to the pool for demonstrations and hands-on tips and drills for the DSA swimmers. After a much enjoyed and enlightening session, it was time for photo sessions and selfies as the swimmers gathered around.
DSA extends their immense gratitude to the elite team of coaches and swimmers from Australia who took time out of their schedules to be with the young DSA swimmers for whom they are a source of inspiration and motivation. A big thank you also to all the DSA swimmers, parents and team of DSA coaches who participated and made the event a great success.
Young swimmers score big with nearly 200 Medals, finish as runners-up
DSAS Swimming Club had a great day out at the 29th Selangor Age Group Swimming Championship 2019 held at Pusat Akuatik Darul Ehsan, Shah Alam on 24-27 January, being the first Swimming Meet for the Club this year. With 67 Golds, DSAS Swimming Club did really well, improving their overall performance from last year with a huge tally of 197 Medals in all. Some of the outstanding performances at the Meet included Ng Gha Yuan with an incredible 10 Golds, a stellar performance among the Novice swimmers group, while Fatin Amira Ahmad Hadri won 4 Golds in the State swimmers group.
Other big winners in the Novices category included Lee Zi Xuan with 8 Golds, Muhammad Zulluqman Razali and Ethan Chan Zhuo Xi with 5 Golds, Tan Ianna and Trisha Chong Sue Yan – 4 Golds, Lee Ming Zhou – 3 Golds, Elizabeth Chan Yiwen, Liew Ze Hou, Lee Zi Ying and Angus Lim – 2 Golds each and Ivan Yeoh Sheng Kuan, Chan Al Win, Nigel Leong Zhuoxian, Marcus Woo Yong Hau with 1 Gold each. Other Gold winners in the State swimmers were Daniel Liew Jia Hau with 3 Golds; Adam Jeffrey Dillon and Arniesh Chai Sasheedran with 1 Gold. A good amount of medals also came through the Relay events with 5 of the 22 Medals being Golds. A detailed look at the Medals Tally is given below.
It was a brilliant start for the young club, with all of the swimmers doing their best with good improvements in their PBs. A big round of well-deserved applause goes to the budding champions as we look forward to the remaining Meet coming up quickly all through the year. Congratulations and a big thank you to all the parents, and DSA coaches for their dedication, support and guidance. Onward Team DSAS, all through 2019.
DSA Swim Club wins PRAKL Age Group Swimming Championship with a stunning 33 new records and 184 medal haul
DSA Swimmers made their way into the chronicles of Malaysian Swimming at the end of the 3 day MILO/PRAKL Age Group 2019 clinching the Overall Championship of the prestigious Meet held at Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras KL, on 19-21 January, 2019. With the second largest team of 227 swimmers, DSA topped the Medal count in the Meet with a total of 184 medals, 78 of them Gold. This was a significant increase from the previous year tally of 136 medals of which 52 were Gold and also the best ever results by the Club so far.
With this first ever win, DSA swimmers made their mark as they beat the reigning champions by a comfortable margin of over 15 Golds. New Meet records came pouring in with Yap Yong Jie, Misa Okuzono, Darren Lew Chen Jet, Alma Louise Bendix Dahl, Cynthia Khor Wen Qi, Georgene Wee Ee Jern, Tan Yi Qin and Chong Hiong Kiet adding their names into record books multiple times. New records were also made in the Relays and Group Medleys making the Meet one of the most successful participations by DSA Swim Club so far. Besides overwhelming counts of records and medals, 20 DSA swimmers also qualified for the Malaysia Invitational Age Group Championships (MIAG) 2019, which was the cherry on the cake for the Club. The overall performance of the young swimmers were remarkable and many of them like Grace Kim, Chong Xin Lin and Woo Seungmin, who although were at a disadvantage, being drawn with older competitors in the same age group, still managed to contribute medals to the total tally.
Golds were brought home by Yap Yong Jie who won a record breaking 13 Golds, followed by Alma Louise Bendix Dahl with 12 Golds, Misa Okuzono with 11 Golds. Georgene Wee Ee Jern added 9 Golds and Darren Lew Chen Jet won 8 Golds. Chong Xin Lin took home 4 Golds while Shermann Choong Li Sheng and Liam Eu Li-An won another 3 Golds each. Chong Hiong Kiet also added another 2 Golds to the tally while Eunice Wong Ee Yin, Tan Yi Qin, Koh Teck Chen, Grace Kim, Cynthia Khor Wen Qi and Aishath Sajina added 1 Gold each to the team collection of Golds. The Relay teams also did a magnificent job winning 7 Golds in the Group and Medley events. A detailed look at the Medals tally is given in the table below.
With this, DSA Swim Club has well and truly opened the year’s calendar with a bang, and it is with great happiness and privilege that we thank everyone starting from the young swimmers themselves, the DSA coaches, parents and everyone else who did their bit for this awesome win. We look forward to the Meets coming up all through the year with high expectations of more success, Go Team DSA!
Zulluqman makes it to the pages of Berita Harian
Malaysian Newspaper Berita Harian in its issue dated January 15, 2019, covered the story of Muhammad Zulluqman Razali, who has been active in swimming from the age of 7 years.
Zulluqman has been a water enthusiast almost from when he could last remember. Starting at the tender age of just 6 years, Zulluqman was swimming and training at the Bukit Jalil National Aquatic Centre with DSA almost every day. By the age of 7, he was already representing DSA Swimming Club and his School at many Swimming Meets including the Selangor Age Group and the inter-school Meets like Majlis Sukan Sekolah Selangor (MSSS). Zulluqman says he is lucky in many aspects as his family fully supports his swimming aspirations and they whole heartedly are behind his efforts and his success.
As a school-going student, just as everyone else of his age, academics can sometimes be a deterrent as most children tend to give up competitive swimming as the rigors of schooling and sport training can be too much. For Zulluqman however, he says it is only a matter of balance and he has been managing to continue his competitive training while maintaining good grades in school. His achievements over the years include
- Selangor Age Group Swimming 2013 (under 8 yr category)
2 Gold s 2 Silver
- Selangor Age Group Swimming 2015 (under 10 yrs category)
2 Gold 3 Silver 2 Bronze
- Malaysian Age Group Swimming 2015 (under 10 yrs)
Represented Selangor State
- Majlis Sukan Sekolah Selangor 2016 (MSSS) (under 12 yrs)
1 Silver 1 Bronze
- Majlis Sukan Sekolah Malaysia 2016 (MSSM) (under 12 yrs)
- Majlis Sukan Sekolah Selangor 2017 – Represented School
- Majlis Sukan Sekolah Selangor 2018– Represented School
Zulluqman looks at swimming more as a way to be fit and healthy in addition to giving him a sense of discipline in his lifestyle as competitive swimming requires a very high degree of dedication. Zulluqman also has his mentors and idols, Michael Phelps being his greatest idol for his unsurpassable achievements at the Olympics. Daniel Bego, a Malaysian national swimmer is another of his idols, as he also knows him on a personal level as they had trained together in Bukit Jalil before.
Zulluqman feels that swimming as a sport needs more popularity in Malaysia and especially among Malays where the concept of water safety and swimming has not been reaching. He hopes that since has reached the level of success not common among Malays, it will be an inspiration for others in his community to take up to the water. He feels that if they try and persevere like him, then success is not far and there is no obstacle for someone who desires to achieve success not just in sport but in academics as well, whether it is going to good universities in the country or even studying overseas.
Second DSA Swim Team Camp at Penang draws swimmers from 3 clubs
DSA Swim Club along with Penang Swimming Club and Wahoo Swim Team enjoyed the experience of a lifetime as together the group of over 110 young swimmers, managers and coaches had a great time together at the 2nd Swim Camp organized by DSA at the Setia Spice Aquatic Centre, Penang.
The 4 days/3 nights included a host of activities like getting an understanding about food and nutrition, how to categorize food based on intake needs like energy creation, pre-race preparation or post race liquid replenishment. Sessions of combined training for a few hours were carried out every day with an assortment of team building activities to generate and heighten team spirit among the swimmers who were split up into 4 teams for the duration of the camp.
The second day saw the entire group trudging along to hike up the Penang Hill, situation at an elevation of 2,733 m which took about 2 hours to summit. The Habitat, situated on Penang Hill provides the most authentic, diverse and educational Malaysian rainforest experience. The Penang Hill virgin jungle reserve area, on the fringe of which The Habitat sits, is believed to be part of Malaysia’s treasure trove of prehistoric rainforests dating back 130-million years old. Besides its rich biodiversity, it plays an important role as primary water catchment area for Penang Island. It was a great opportunity for everyone to get closer to nature and understand the importance of ecological conservation and protection of rain forests.
After many hours of combined training, team building activities and a farewell dinner, the camp also gave each team an opportunity to showcase their talents through a team performance. It was an exciting finish for the 4 days of training, learning and experiencing the many aspects of competitive swimming. Thanks to the Penang Swimming Club, Wahoo Swim Team and everyone who participated and made this a great way to close off the events for year.
In DSA, we always believe that we teach more than just swimming. We hope all the learning and experiences the swimmers have gone through in this swim camp would help to mould their characters and help them in every aspect of their lives.
Thank you DSA swimmers, coaches and most of all, the parents who have been the support and strength of the Club.
The 7th Selangor Long Distance Swimming Championship 2018 was held on 01-02 December at Pusat Akuatik Darul Ehsan, Shah Alam. The Meet being a Long Distance leg of the President Cup had the 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m events for all strokes. The swimmers from DSAS swimming club finished with a resounding runners-up position with 554 points from the many events.
With many of the swimmers hitting their PBs at the Meet, there was much reason to celebrate for young Tan Zhi Jian who won 4 Golds and 2 Silvers though being in State division lineup. Tan Zhi Jian won the Top position for the 11-12 yrs state division, while Ethan Chan Zhuo Xi also with 4 Golds won Top position in the novice division. Ng Gha Yuan led her events to win 4 Golds while Lew Zhi Tong bested the State division to win her 4 Golds. Lew Yan Chuan, another young star in the State division won 3 more Golds and 1 Silver for the Club. Adam Jeffery Dillon was another top swimmer in the State division winning 4 Golds in his events. A detailed list of the medals tally is given below.
Being the last event of the year, it was a great sign off for the swimmers and the Club as they look forward to the next Calendar year with the Age Group Championships coming up in January. Till then, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all the swimmers, parents, coaches and well-wishers.
DSA Swimming Club third overall at Inter Club Meet
The state of Perak played host to the 37th National Inter-Club Swimming Championship for The President Cup and the highly competitive Meet was held at the Pusat Akuatik Tuanku Zara on 23-25 November. As always the Meet had a large number of participants, numbering over 1300, from swim clubs all over Malaysia. Both DSA Club and DSAS Swimming Clubs participated in the Meet as separate teams. The young swimmers did the clubs proud with DSA Swim Club placing third in the overall ranking while the smaller team of DSAS swimmers stood at 9th position.
The highlight and the crowd attraction for DSA Swimming Club was the presence and participation of Malaysia National and Olympic Swimmer, Welson Sim. The Olympians presence was a huge morale boost and a source of motivation for the young swimmers as they looked to follow by example to the reach the heights that Welson Sim has achieved.
Both DSA and DSAS swimmers did well in their events building up very creditable points and medal positions. Some of the top point winners for DSA Club included Chong Xin Lin, with 6 Golds and over 90 points to team tally. Georgene Wee added 3 more Golds followed by Welson Sim and Darren Lew Chen Jet with a Gold each and many more points. Yap Yong Jie, Grace Kim, Austin Gan, Jaydrien Ng, Sean Goh and a host of others; about 22 swimmers from the team made their contributions towards the total points putting the Club in the third place overall. Marcus Woo Yong Hau, a President Cup newbie, astonished the crowd with a Gold medal swim in his Breaststroke event. Heidi Chong Zi Xin brought home a Silver while other swimmers like Adam Jeffery Dillon, Jerriel Lau, Erin Eu Lakshmanan and many others added to the points tally for the DSAS Swim team bringing them within the top 10. A detailed view of the medal winners and points tally is given below.
With the biggest event of the year wrapped up, it’s been a great year for swimming clubs DSA and DSAS with more than 10 swim Meets on the calendar completed. One more Meet remains for closing the year and overall it has been a great year with new champions at every Meet. Undoubtedly, there a lot of sacrifices and motivation provided that is usually unseen by many. The large support system starting with the parents, the DSA swim coaches and all the staff who have been at the forefront always to make these great results happen.
Hats off to the team, thank you Team DSA, One Team, One Dream and looking forward to the year 2019.
RESULTS – Day 1- With Seed Time
RESULTS – Day 2 – With Seed Time
RESULTS – Day 3 – With Seed Time