MSNS, IPGKTAR and ISN organise first Sports Science Seminar

COLLABORATION: Dr Chin (right) posing with Francis (centre) and Joshua at the MSNS office at Kuching Civic Centre recently.

KUCHING: The Sarawak State Sports Council (MSNS) has lauded the Teachers Education Institute Tun Abdul Razak Campus (IPGKTAR) for taking the initiative to jointly organise the first Sports Science Seminar

in Sarawak with the council and the National Institute of Sports (ISN) Satellite Centre Sarawak.

MSNS director Francis Nyurang Ding said that there has been very few sports science seminars of this nature that are organised in Sarawak.

Therefore, MSNS are pleased and supportive of having this sports seminar here in the state.

“It is also necessary to be pro active in bringing together experts, professionals and practitioners to share their knowledge and ideas in sports science to develop sports,” he said.

Francis called upon all sports associations to support this seminar as coaches need to keep abreast with the terminology and principles of sports science and communicate their needs in a collaborative manner to optimise and maximise the performance of elite athletes in Sarawak.

He also expressed his sincere thanks to IPGKTAR director Hamsiah Abdullah Masni, Dr Chin Ngien Siong (IPGKTAR) and ISN Sarawak head Joshua Philip for their combined efforts with MSN to organise this seminar.

To be held at IPGKTAR from Aug 20-22, the seminar is aimed at providing a platform for the sharing of ideas, research and practices from the ISN, University Malaya (UM), UiTM and IPG relating to the various disciplines in sports science.

The theme is “Maximising Sports Performance Through The Integration of Sports Science”, which has been viewed as appropriate with Sarawak preparing for Sukma 2014 and hosting Sukma 2016.

Hamsiah, who heads the organising committee, said that this was a great opportunity for all to broaden one’s perspective of sports science and grow professionally for the future of sports.

She further added that close collaboration with all related sports agencies, local and international, is needed for the enhancement of sports in Sarawak and beyond.

The key-note speakers for the seminar are Dr Balbir Singh and Dr Selina Khoo of UM and Dr Vellapandian Ponnusamy of ISN.

Professor Tony Morris is the main key-note speaker. Morris is a Professor of Sport, Exercise and Health Psychology at Victoria University in Melbourne and Visiting Professor at the University of Malaya and Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China.

He is a leading researcher in the field of imagery in sports.

Other speakers are Dr Victor Selvarajah Selvanayagam (UM), Dr Chin Ngien Siong (IPGKTAR), Sean Andrew Sturgess (ISN), Sharil Mohamad (ISN), Nishel Kumar Silvaraja (ISN) and Gordon Nicolaus Jemat Anchang (UiTM).

All speakers will present one-hour, in-depth sessions on subjects relevant to sports science.

Participation fee per person is RM150 while the dateline for the seminar has been extended to Aug 10.

For further enquiries and registration, contact Dr Chin (019-8586898), Joshua Philip (016-5729162) or Linda Ling (013-8101998).

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