Leigh Nugent, a well-known legend in Australian Swimming and former Olympic Coach was at the National Aquatic Centre, Bukit Jalil for the DSA Swim Team Clinic on 12th October, 2019. Currently the State Head Coach of Western Australia & South Australia, Leigh had earlier retired from his position as Head Coach of the Australian Swimming Team in 2013. He was the team’s Head Coach at the 2004 Athens Olympics where Australia garnered its second-best swimming medal tally – 7 Gold, 5 Silver and 3 Bronze medals – the best being the 1956 Melbourne Games.
Leigh was recently honoured to have a trophy, the L M Nugent Trophy instituted after him, and awarded to the Champion team at the State Teams Championships at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. Very recently Leigh was also part of the #lookafteryourcoach campaign, an initiative launched by the Brisbane based M5 Management Group. Leigh along with Kareena Lee, the first swimmer to be named on the 2020 Olympic Team for Australia, joined the push to think about the coaches and consider the sacrifices they make and thank them for their contribution.
The clinic consisted of 3 sessions for the different age groups and open to all the members of the DSA Swimming Club and DSA swimmers. Focusing on technique and stroke enhancement for better results, the clinic was aimed at improving the performance of budding champions at competitive levels. A majority of the swimmers who participated in the Clinic were from the DSA Junior Swim Squad aged between 8-12 years old. It was a great step to guide these swimmers at this young age to direct the skills and development in the right direction. Leigh ran a series of swim drills and skill work to improve the stroke techniques and spend time with the DSA coaches also, imparting his extensive knowledge in the field during the sharing sessions that followed. The young swimmers were visibly enthused by the presence and guidance of Leigh and very attentive of the knowledge development. It was greatly satisfying to see results almost immediately with swimmers making visible changes to their performance.
An additional highlight of this clinic was the training camp for seven promising young athletes of the Swimming WA team at the venue. This was part of a new initiative formed by Swimming WA with the assistance from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Australia to create a sports development relationship between neighbouring nations. The focus of the training camp was to simulate what athletes would face when qualifying for an Australian Team. Placing the swimmers in a foreign country enabled them to experience and adjust to changes in climate, culture and diet.
DSA extends its thanks and well wishes to Leigh Nugent and the Swimming WA team for being with us on the special occasion. DSA also thanks all the young swimmers of the Junior Squad team and the parents who have participated in the event to make it a great success.
DSA Swimming Club retains the Overall Championship at Mid & Long Distance Meet
DSA and DSAS Swimming Club had a sweet victory retaining the Overall Championship at the 4th ASUM/NSC/MILO Mid & Long Distance Swimming Championship 2019 held at the National Aquatic Centre, Bukit Jalil on 5th – 6th October. Similar to the previous year’s Meet both the clubs competing together as a single team. One of the largest teams at the Meet with 104 young swimmers, DSA prevailed over the runner-ups with over 13 new Meet records.
Yap Yong Jie, DSA’s champion was at his best again dazzling the Meet with 6 new Meet Records and 6 Golds to go with it. Other Meet Records where from Jerriel Lau with 1 Gold, Silver and Bronze and each with a new Record and Georgene Wee with 2 Sliver and a Bronze also with all new Records. More Golds came from Darwin Mellissa Naily, Hayley Cassandra Yap Hay Ee and the Relay teams in the Girls 11-12yrs, Mixed 11-12yrs and the Mixed 10yrs & under groups. One of DSA Squad Coaches, Anukul Wong won a Bronze in the Boys 18yrs & over group 200M Butterfly event. A detailed view of the Medal tally is given in the table below.
With just a couple of Meets left, the years Swimming Calendar is drawing to a close and all the Clubs and swimmers are gearing up for the penultimate event in the Calendar, the President Cup scheduled for the last weekend of November. It has been a great year for DSA at the Meets with multiple Championships and a whole host of young, talented swimmers getting their initiation in competitive swimming. It is with great pride that we recognize and appreciate the commitment and dedication of the swimmers, parents and the DSA coaches who have been bringing out the best in the swimmers time and again. Cheers Team DSA!
DSA Swim Clubs (Selangor & KL) win second overall spot at both State and Novice Divisions with 10 new Meet records
Pusat Akuatik Darul Ehsan, Shah Alam was the venue for the 8th Selangor ARENA Short Course Sprint Invitational Swimming Championships 2019 held on 27-29 August 2019. Being a Selangor Invitational Meet, all Selangor affiliate clubs including both DSA-Selangor and DSA-KL participated with DSA-KL swimmers participated in the State Swimmers category. Both the clubs had a great time with the young swimmers achieving many firsts and brought home a number of medals in both divisions.
DSA Selangor finished as the first Runner-Up in the Novice category and second Runner-Up in the State category while DSA KL took the first Runner-Up in the State category. There was a number of great performances to record by the DSA team, 19 of the swimmers were in the Overall Top 3 of their own age-group category which is quite a remarkable feat. DSA Champ Fatin Amira Ahmad Hadri won the Best Female Athlete amassing 9 Golds and 2 Silvers with 3 Meet Records with some brilliant performances in the pool. Yap Yong Jie, another of DSA’s favourite won the Best Male Athlete garnering 6 Golds and 1 Silver with 7 Meet Records.
The other Top performers in the State Division were
Chong Xin Lin – Overall Champion (Girls 11-12 yrs),
Elise Wong Ving – Overall Champion (Girls 13-14 yrs),
Koh Teck Chen – Overall Champion (Boys 15-17 yrs),
Eunice Wong Ee Yin – First Runner-Up (Girls 10 yrs & under),
Jaydrien Ng Shen Khang – First Runner-Up (Boys 10 yrs & under),
Yean Yu Ng – First Runner-Up (Boys 11-12 yrs)
Sajina Aishath – First Runner-Up (Girls 18 yrs & over).
Top performers in the Novice Division were
Yoong Chang Lin Lin – Overall Champion (Boys 10 yrs & under),
Charmaine Hung Yun Wen Lin – Overall Champion (Girls 11-12 yrs),
Jayden Wong Ken Ryu – Overall Champion (Boys 11-12 yrs),
Trisha Chong Sue Yan – Overall Champion (Girls 15-17 yrs),
Lim Le Kun – Overall Champion (Boys 15-17 yrs),
Lee Zi Ying – First Runner-Up (Girls 13-14 yrs),
Loong Wen Shuen– First Runner-Up (Boys 13-14 yrs),
Joanne Lew Zi Yan – Second Runner-Up (Girls 11-12 yrs),
Aldreena Wong Chun Rei – Second Runner-Up (Girls 13-14 yrs),
Audrey Wong Mei Yie – Second Runner-Up (Girls 15-17 yrs).
A lot of outstanding swimmers in addition also contributed to the DSA tally which included Muhammad Zullquman Razali: 3 Golds, Koh Zhi Ying: 6 Silvers, Nicholas Chan Zhe Yan: 1 Gold and Afieq Azrin: 2 Golds among their many medals. Some notable performances were Aldreena Wong Chun Rei winning a Gold on her very first Meet, and Yap Jun Hin and Isabelle Leong Zi Qing all winning Silver and Bronze in their first Meet too. Seungmin Woo, despite being grouped with older boys in his draw still brought home 3 Silvers from the Meet. And definitely someone to watch out in the coming years is the upcoming champion, Yoong Chang Lin Lin who won a total of 6 Golds and winning the Overall Champion position in his age group. DSA Swimming Club also had the honour of making a Meet Record in the Mixed 11-12 yrs 4×50 SC Meter Medley Relay with the quartet of Chong Xin Lin, Alex Sew Jia Wei, Yap Yong Jie and Dian Isandra Johan. A detailed view of the results is given in the attached PDF.
It was a great celebration of the team spirit as both the clubs of DSA Swim Team created new Meet records and also took home a host of medals. The swimmers left no stone unturned in their training and the dedication of the swimmers, parents and the DSA coaches have once again shone through. Brilliant performance and onward Team DSA!
DSAS Swimming Club retained their first runner-up position at the 8th Selangor Long Distance Championship 2019 held at Pusat Akuatik Darul Ehsan, Shah Alam on 24-25 August. Participating with a good team of 54 swimmers, DSAS had equal representation in the Novice Swimmers Division and the State Swimmers Division.
Outstanding performances included Jerriel Lau who was the Overall Champion in the State Division in the Women15-17 Age Group winning 6 Golds. Eva Chin Tyan Ming, Ethan Chan Zhuo Xi ( 1 Gold), Zhi Jian Tan (3 Golds) were all first Runner-ups in their Age Groups while Adam Jeffrey Dillon finished as the second Runner-up in his age group with 4 Golds in the State Division.
In the Novice Division Megan Wong was the Overall Champion in the Women 11-12 Age Group with 2 Golds while Gha Yuan Ng was the Overall Champion in the Women 15-17 Age Group, also with 2 Golds. Jayden Wong Ken Ryu, Charlotte Loke, Muhammad Zullquman Razali, Trisha Chong Sue Yan and Le Kun Lim were Overall first runner-ups in their respective age groups while Joanne Lew Zi Yan and Zemin Goh were Overall second runner-ups in their age groups. A detailed view of the medal standings is given below.
DSA swimmer Georgene Wee Ee Jern dazzled as she won the title of Best Female Athlete of the Games as she brought home a scintillating 6 Golds, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze at the Sukan Institusi Pendidikan Malaysia SIPMA 2019 (Malaysia Education Institution Games 2019) held at the National Aquatic Centre, Bukit Jalil on 21-23 August.
The swimmers of DSA Swimming Club who represented their own schools in the yearly national games included Georgene Wee Ee Jern, Jerriel Lau, Fatin Amira Ahmad Hadri, Elise Wong Ving Yan, Lim Qi Feng, John Lau Jin Kiat and Rowvan Ganesan. Besides these swimmers, DSA Instructor, Evon Heng Kor Jin also participated in the Games representing Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM). The medal winners also included Jerriel Lau with 3 Golds, 6 Silvers, Fatin Amira Ahmad Hadri with 2 Golds, 4 Silvers, Elise Wong Ving Yan with 3 Golds, 2 Silvers, Evon Heng Kor Jin with 5 Bronzes and Lim Qi Feng with 1 Bronze at their events.
A detailed view of the medal winners and their events are as
First time competitive experience for junior swimmers
DSA Swimming Club was part of the 400 swimmers from 12 clubs who participated in the 1st Sarawak Short Course Sprint 2019 Meet organized by the Power Aquatics Swimming Club (PASC) and supported by the Sarawak Sport Corporation (SSC). The two day Meet saw participants from both Sarawak and other states of Malaysia besides having some participants from an Indonesian Swimming Club.
The Meet was aimed at providing opportunity and exposure for young swimmers who are beginners and first time completive swimmers. It also serves as a platform to identify potential talent who can be nurtured.
18 young swimmers from DSA travelled to the Pandelela Rinong Aquatic Centre, Kuching, the venue for the Meet, a first time experience for many of them to actually travel outside of Peninsular Malaysia to participate in a Swim Meet. The young swimmers had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed their taste of competitive swimming action and brought home many medals from the Meet. The winners included Olivia Cheong Kah Yan, Dian Isandra Johan, Rex Foong Jie Yi and Ashley Soh Wern Yi. A detailed view of the medals tally is given below. Congrats to all the swimmers on the trip across Malaysia and we wish them more success in their competitive swimming journey ahead. Onward Team DSA.
Young Swimmers break through to win Overall Championship at Grand Final
Celebrations galore for DSA Swimming Club as they triumphantly brought home their second Championship for the year, winning Top Spot at the Sportexcel Milo/NSC/Asum Junior Swimming Grand Final 2019. Coming into the Meet with the maximum number of qualifiers from the 2 Legs, DSA Swimming Club had all guns blazing from the word go, retaining their lead till the end. The final tally had 11 Golds and 1 Meet record along with Silvers and Bronzes beating the next best team by over 100 points.
Yap Yong Jie was the Overall Champion in the Boys Group 3 (11-12yrs) with a Meet Record 3 Golds, 1 Silver and 2 Bronzes. Elise Wong Ving Yan won Group 2 (13-14yr) Girls Overall Champion with 4 Golds. Chong Hiong Kiet also in Boys Group 3 won another 2 Golds in his events, while Chong Xin Lin collected 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bornze in the Girls Group 3. Liew Xiao Rou also in Girls Group 3 added a Gold and 2 Bronzes to the tally.
Other medal winners included Darren Lew Chen Jet with 2 Silvers 1 Bronze, Sebastien Rion Azlir with 2 Silvers, Ng Yean Yu 1 Silver 1 Bronze, Eunice Wong Ee Yin and Lew Zhi Tong with 1 Silver each. Mellissa Nailly Darwin, Jaydrien Ng Shen Khang, Cham Yu Xiang and Shermann Choong Li Sheng all added Bronzes to the Team wins.
Apart from the podium finishes, DSA Swim Club also had a host of points contributed by swimmers whose valuable efforts made the Championship possible. These include Joelle Koo Yu Qing, Lee Zi Xuan, Annis Hiew Xin Ting, Arniesh Chai Sasheedran, Elizabeth Chan Yiwen, Yoong Chang Lin, Ean Chin Tyan Feng, Liew Ze Hou, Alvina Ching Ru En, Hayley Yap Hay Ee, Samantha Yong Scanlan, Lee Tze-Le, Cheong Hoe Hann and Wong Yu Xuan. The detailed list of the Medals tally, Points contribution and the Qualifiers are given below.
After 2 days of hectic action, it was a resounding victory for DSA Swimming Club as they held aloft the Overall Championship Trophy for the Sportexcel Milo/Nsc/Asum Junior Swimming Circuit for the first time at the Kompleks Renang Kuala Lumpur, Bandar Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
A huge morale boosting victory for the Club after the stupendous win clinching the Overall Championship at the MILO/PRAKL Age Group 2019 at the start of the year. This will do in good stead for the Club as the latter half of the swimming calendar comes up with the all important Meet of the year, the President Cup scheduled in late November.
DSA Swimmers win medals at ASEAN School Games 2019
DSA Swimming Club swimmers did the country and their Schools proud once again as Alma Louise Bendix Dahl and Georgene Wee Ee Jern brought home the medals from the 11th ASEAN School Games held at Semarang, Indonesia between 17-25 July. DSA Swimmers Alma Louise, Georgene Wee and Koh Teck Chen were the trio selected to represent Malaysia in this year’s Games. Alma Louise did exceedingly well in winning 2 Golds and 3 Bronzes in her events while Georgene Wee won a Bronze in the Relay. The details of the medal winning performances were as follows-
Alma Louise Bendix Dahl:
- 100m Butterfly – Gold
- 50m Butterfly – Gold
- 200m Individual Medley – Bronze
- 4x200m Freestyle Relay – Bronze
- 4x100m Medley Relay – Bronze
Georgene Wee Ee Jern:
- 4x200m Freestyle Relay – Bronze
Heartiest Congratulations to the swimmers for their remarkable achievements of representing their school and country at international arena at such a young age, and we look forward to hearing more about them in the future. DSA has been the nurturing ground for many champions and as a Club, we are proud to have been a part of the swimmers lives and development as a competitive swimmer. We also congratulate the parents, coach and everyone else who had a big part to play in the long road to success where the swimmers are today.
Thank you swimmers, parents DSA coaches and onward Team DSA and Team Malaysia.
Congratulations to the trio of champions from DSA Swimming Club who will be in Indonesia from the 19th to 22nd July representing Malaysian Schools as part of the 11th ASEAN School Games 2019 held in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia between 17-25 July.
The outstanding trio include Koh Teck Chen, Georgene Wee Ee Jern and Alma Louise Bendix Dahl, all of whom have been in the DSA Swimming Club for many years and have made both the Club and Malaysia proud with their laurels over the years. DSA is elated to have been the platform for champions like them to blossom and we wish them all the very best at the Games. We are sure they will make the Nation, their respective Schools and DSA Swimming Club beam with pride with the achievements. Onward Malaysia, onward Team DSA.
DSA wishes to thank extensively world renowned and former Singapore Strength & Conditioning Coach, Jason Gregory, who was in DSA training the DSA Club swimmers at the National Aquatic Centre Bukit Jalil on 30 June 2019. Jason along with Rob Greenwood, through a special arrangement with Swim Schooling provided in-depth guidance in land training techniques for the DSA Squad swimmers. The sessions were well attended by the DSA swimmers and they had a lot of knowledge gained about the importance of land training for swimming at competitive levels.
DSA thanks Swim Schooling for giving the opportunity for DSA swimmers to enrich themselves with the experience.
Hearty Congratulations to the DSA swimmers for representing Malaysia at the 43rd SEA Age Group Swimming Championships held on 28- 30 June 2019 in Phonm Penh, Cambodia. It was a great privilege for the Club and an achievement for the swimmers to compete at an international level and also be an inspiration for the other swimmers.
A big round of applause to DSA champs Yap Yong Jie and Darren Lew Chen Jet for their performances and putting Malaysia on the podium. Yap Yong Jie in the Boys 13 years and under category won Bronze in his events which included 100m Backstroke, 50m Backstroke, 200m Freestyle and 200m Butterfly. Darren Lew won the Bronze in the 50m Freestyle in his group of Boys 14-15 years.
It was indeed a great experience for the group of DSA swimmers to make it to the international stage and we wish them more success in the future.
The NSC/Milo/Sport Excel Junior Swimming Circuit for 2019 was held at Pusat Akuatik Tuanku Zara, Ipoh, and provided an opportunity for DSA Swimming Club to have a nice trip to Ipoh. As always the second leg is the opportunity to add up the points to qualify for the Grand Final. For DSA Swimming Club, it was an extraordinary occasion as they moved to the Top Spot in the overall medal count for the Meet with 11 Golds and a total of 33 medals beating the runner-up team by a narrow margin. The Meet had some exciting moments with DSA swimmers pumping up the adrenaline for the team and the viewers by their splendid performances.
The swimmers who were blazing included Liew Xiao Rou who finished with 5 Golds and 1 Silver in the total of 7 events she participated making a significant contribution to the tally. Other Gold winning performances included Elise Wong with 2 Golds, 2 Silvers; Ng Yean Yu with 1 Gold, 1 Silver; and Chong Hiong Kiet with 1 Gold, 1 Bronze.
Outstanding performance also was shown by young and mostly newbie swimmers who added a good share of medals to the tally to help DSA Swim Club take top honours. These included Sebastien Rion Azlir – 1 Gold and 1 Silver, Mellissa Darwin – 1 Gold and 3 Bronzes, Eunice Wong – 2 Silvers, Samantha Yong Scanlan – 1 Silver, Lee Zi Xuan – 2 Bronzes, Elizabeth Chan – 1 Bronze, Joelle Koo – 1 Bronze and Lee Tze-Le – 1 Bronze. A detailed view is given in the Medals Tally below.
The most exciting and much watched and cheered event was the Group 3 Boys 100m Breast Stroke where 3 swimmers from DSA Swimming Club had the distinguished honour of winning all 3 medals for the event. Way to go DSA! The swimmers all had a good amount of points added to their individual tally enabling them to participate in the much awaited Grand Final of the circuit scheduled to be held on 3-4 August 2019. All the best Team DSA and we look forward to taking the top spot at the Meet.
Congratulations to the DSA swimmers who will be representing Malaysia in the 43rd SEA Age Groups Swimming Championships to be held on 28- 30 June 2019 in Phonm Penh, Cambodia. The SEA Age Group Championship is an annual Swimming Meet for 18 yrs & under swimmers from all nations of South East Asia Region. The 2018 Meet was held in Laguna by the Phillipine Swimming Inc.
DSA has been proud to have swimmers represent the country at this Meet every year and this year the champions selected for the meet are Georgene Wee Ee Jern, Elise Wong Ving Yan, Koh Teck Chen, Darren Lew Chen Jet and Yap Yong Jie. All the swimmers have been with DSA for many years and it’s a privilege for DSA Swimming Club to have been able to hone these swimmers to international competition levels. We look forward to great results from the Meet and all the very best to the swimmers. Go Team Malaysia, go Team DSA!
The recently concluded 62nd Malaysia Open Swimming Meet 2019 at National Aquatic Centre, KL Sport City on the 25-28 April had 19 swimmers from DSA and DSAS selected to represent their teams of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor respectively. It was indeed a major achievement for these young swimmers to compete at a National level at an Open Swimming Meet.
The team from DSA included Georgene Wee Ee Jern, Alma Louise Dahl, Low Yi Xhin, Lim Qi Feng, Lau Jin Kiat, Rowvan Ganeson, Liam Eu Li-AN, Koh Teck Chen, Yap Yong Jie, Erin Eu Lakshmanan, Liew Xiao Rou, Brian Chung Ze Xuan, Sean Goh Min Chang, Daniel Liew Jia Hau, Adam Jeffrey Dillon, Fatin Amira Bt Ahmad Hadri, Alison Athena Wright, Olivia Cheong Kah Yan and Natalie Cheong Kah Man. Alma Louise Dahl representing KL Team won 3 Golds, 5 Silvers and 1 Bronze in her events while Georgene Wee Ee Jern added 3 Silvers and a Bronze to the KL Team tally too. Koh Teck Chen added a Gold through his Relay event while Daniel Liew also added his Relay Silver to the team tally. A detailed look of the medal tally is given below.
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: