State quartet join national squad
Posted on June 1, 2012, Friday
Nicholas joins Elvic, Clement, Fu in training as team prepares for world junior c’ship
KUCHING: Four Sarawak junior exponents have been selected for national training in preparation for the upcoming 4th World Junior Wushu Championship to be held in Macau, China from Sept 17 to 25.
New to the list is Nicholas Kho How Chun who will join national juniors Elvic Bong Qian Zheng, Clement Thian Fung Seng both 13 and 10-year-old Fu Wen Jie.
At the upcoming meet, Elvic will compete in Boys B qiang shu, jian shu and chang quan while Clement will be competing in the Boys B nan quan, nan dao and nan gun.
Fu will be competing in the Girls C qiang shu, and Nicholas in Boys C chang quan and qiang shu.
Wushu, Lion and Dragon Dance Federation of Sarawak (WFS) secretary James Ting said the association is happy that Nicholas was also selected to represent Malaysia after the national coach confirmed his position.
Due to some unforeseen circumstances, the 11-year-old was mistaken for another exponent from Negeri Sembilan as his name also appeared in the list of that state.
Ting said the four state exponents were selected based on their superb performance at the recent 3rd KPM National Junior Wushu Championship in held Ipoh, Perak last month.
This will be the second call-up for Elvic who also represented Malaysia at the 3rd World Junior Wushu Championship held in Singapore two years ago where he finished fifth in Boys C qiang shu and ninth in the chang quan.
Elvic won four golds at the recent KPM’s championship from Boys B chang quan, qiang shu, jian shu and dui lian while fellow teammate Clement Thian who is also his school mate won gold in the Boys B nan quan and silver in the Boys B nan dao and nan gun.
The SMK Kuching High won a silver in Boys C qiang shu and was sixth in Boys C chang quan at the 6th Asian Junior Wushu Championship held in Shanghai, China last year.
Despite not attending full training and only learning the new routines for less than a month, Nicholas put up a sterling show during the recent KPM championship where he won silvers in Boys C chang quan and qiang shu after losing to much experienced opponents.
Elvic, Clement, Nicholas and Fu were all competing against older opponents who are 15-year-olds and some are experienced Malaysia Games (Sukma) athletes.
“I believe they (state exponents) were the best selected by the panel of national coaches who feel that they have great potential of winning medals in their respective events,” said Ting.
He said the national wushu body would be having a meeting soon to decide dates for the centralised training but most probably it is in August which is a month before the world championship.
In the meantime, the selected exponents will be training at
their respective state centres including Sarawak’s exponents who will be training under China coach Zhong Xiao and local coach Ling Ung Hee.