KUCHING: SMK Pesantren Abdul Taib Mahmud (PATM) swept four of the five contested events to emerge overall champions of the state-level Silat Seni Youth Tournament yesterday.
They outscored 14 other secondary schools after good performances in the Solo Putera, Jurus Silat Puteri, Local Music and Seni Tari Puteri.
Meanwhile, SK Matu Baru were crowned as the primary school champions after winning two out of four contested categories.
They won the Solo Puteri and Jurus Silat Puteri categories.
Prizes were given out by Tupong assemblyman Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman in a ceremony organised together with the Perguruan Seni Silat Betawi, Riverside Shopping Complex and Sara Urus Harta Sdn Bhd yesterday.
Fazzrudin, who is also Rumpun Silat Sarawak (RSS) deputy president, urged participant to sustain their involvement in the martial arts field.
“We wanted more competent talents in silat and it is possible for us to become a big name in the national silat scene,” he said.
Over 100 participants from 32 primary and secondary schools from all over Sarawak competed in the tournament.
Also present at the closing ceremony were RSS president Hanief Ali and Sara Urus Harta Sdn Bhd general manager Allan Poh.