Saturday, January 23, 2010

Pesta Gim before Sukma

The Federal Territory Amateur Gymnastics Association (FTAGA) are expected to use the "Pesta Gim" to tune up their gymnasts for the Malaysia Games (Sukma) in June.

"We have planned the Pesta Gim, which is an inter-city gymnastics festival in March. We are expecting participation from every state and also from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Thailand and Russia.

"It would be a good platform for our gymnasts to gauge the experience and to know their strength, especially in their preparation towards Sukma and other national and international competitions," said its president, M.P. Haridas Menon, at the association's appreciation and awards ceremony Friday night.

It was refreshing sight indeed when 150 gymnas put up a great show to make the dinner - the first for FTAGA - a memorable one. For many of the guests this was one dinner that was not boring like many others.

Haridas said gymnastics was among the top sporting events which won most medals for Federal Territory and hoped the gymnasts could gauge better result in Melaka.

For the record, the Federal Territory gymnastics team clinched six golds, two silvers and a bronze in rhythmic gymnastics and also a silver and a bronze from artistic gymnastics event at the Terengganu Sukma in 2008.

He also noted that FTAGA was considering to hold an inter-club competition among its affiliates.

During the awards ceremony, Mohd Azlan Shah (men's artistic), Raine Wong Jze Wei and Steff Chow Jia Yi (women's artistic) and Wan Siti Haniza Wan Izhar (rhythmic) received most oustanding awards for their achievements in 2008 and 2009.

Rhythmic gymnast Emy Farah Elena Mohd Johani was selected as the recipient of the Personality of the Year 2009 which was decided not only on gymnastics excellence but also strong academic results.

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