Sarikei lacking facilities for throwers

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KUCHING: Sarikei have plenty of potential athletes for field (throwing) events but sadly is lacking proper training facilities.

TOP ATHLETES: Sarikei and Bintangor athletes with Ling (right), teachers (from second left) Law Chiew Leong and Leong Shuen Keong at Sarikei Stadium. — Photo by Davidson Kho

Sarawak State Sports Council (MSNS), Sarikei Centre of Excellence coach Thomas Ling suggested a project for throwing events like hammer throw, discus, shot put and javelin be set up in Sarikei.

“We have a Sprint Project in Miri to produce sprinters and I think we should also set up a “Hammer Throw Project” in Sarikei to produce hammer throw athletes,” he told thesundaysport.

Ling said there are no hammer throw coach in the country and neither was there a special centre or facilities for training hammer throw athletes.

“In Sarikei, Sukma XIII hammer throw gold medallist Jackie Wong is training at the Sarikei Stadium and he has to share the field with footballers and unfortunately his training is from 4pm to 6pm and the footballers come in to train or play after 4pm,” he said.

He felt that the state should engage foreign professional coaches to raise the standard of hammer throw athletes.

“There are not too many athletes who are good in discus, shot put and especially in javelin now and continuity in producing good athletes is also a problem,” he pointed out.

This was clearly seen at the 39th Sarawak Schools Sports Council Track and Field Championship that ended in Miri on Thursday where only one national meet record was broken in the throw events.

The Malaysian Schools Sports Council record was broken by Grace Wong in the Girls U-12 shot put with a distance of 12.42m.

Wong was the holder of the previous record of 10.73m set in Johor last year.

Ling was also pleased to note that Sarikei athletes did well in the throw events.

Those who have trained under Ling include Michael Sia who     won the Boys Open hammer throw gold, Tiong Mee Yien Girls Open hammer throw gold, Yek Chu Kee Boys Open hammer throw silver, Queenie Ting Girls U-14 discus gold and Girls U-14 shot put silver, Wong Poh Yee Girls U-14 discus silver, Jackson Wong Boys U-15 discus gold and Wong Jing Huei the Boys U-15 discus silver while Raymond Sia won the Boys U-14 discus gold and the Boys U-14 shot put bronze.

KUCHING: Sarikei have plenty of potential athletes for field (throwing) events but sadly is lacking proper training facilities.
Sarawak State Sports Council (MSNS), Sarikei Centre of Excellence coach Thomas Ling suggested a project for throwing events like hammer throw, discus, shot put and javelin be set up in Sarikei.
“We have a Sprint Project in Miri to produce sprinters and I think we should also set up a “Hammer Throw Project” in Sarikei to produce hammer throw athletes,” he told thesundaysport.
Ling said there are no hammer throw coach in the country and neither was there a special centre or facilities for training hammer throw athletes.
“In Sarikei, Sukma XIII hammer throw gold medallist Jackie Wong is training at the Sarikei Stadium and he has to share the field with footballers and unfortunately his training is from 4pm to 6pm and the footballers come in to train or play after 4pm,” he said.
He felt that the state should engage foreign professional coaches to raise the standard of hammer throw athletes.
“There are not too many athletes who are good in discus, shot put and especially in javelin now and continuity in producing good athletes is also a problem,” he pointed out.
This was clearly seen at the 39th Sarawak Schools Sports Council Track and Field Championship that ended in Miri on Thursday where only one national meet record was broken in the throw events.
The Malaysian Schools Sports Council record was broken by Grace Wong in the Girls U-12 shot put with a distance of 12.42m.
Wong was the holder of the previous record of 10.73m set in Johor last year.
Ling was also pleased to note that Sarikei athletes did well in the throw events.
Those who have trained under Ling include Michael Sia who     won the Boys Open hammer throw gold, Tiong Mee Yien Girls Open hammer throw gold, Yek Chu Kee Boys Open hammer throw silver, Queenie Ting Girls U-14 discus gold and Girls U-14 shot put silver, Wong Poh Yee Girls U-14 discus silver, Jackson Wong Boys U-15 discus gold and Wong Jing Huei the Boys U-15 discus silver while Raymond Sia won the Boys U-14 discus gold and the Boys U-14 shot put bronze.