KUCHING: National para swimming star Julius Jeranding is determined to win gold medals in the S12 category at the 19th Para Malaysia Games (Para Sukma) in Perak.
The Kapit athlete, who is accompanied by his wife at the Games, said her presence would certainly give extra motivation for him to achieve his goal.
Julius recently tied the knot with Dayang Azalina Awang Ali, an official in the Sarawak contingent.
“I’m thrilled and happy that she’s here. I hope to win gold medals for her,” he said.
As a national athlete, Julius is supposed to be eligible to compete in only one event but is unsure of this ruling.
He represented Malaysia in several international events and competed in his three favourite events – the 50m and 100m freestyle, and 100m breaststroke.
“It’s not a problem for me (on the number of events). What’s important is for me to contribute gold for the Sarawak contingent, and as a special gift for my wife,” Julius said while revealing that he is also aiming to improve his personal best times at the Games.
A total of 2,046 athletes, officials, managers and coaches from 15 contingents are taking part in the Perak Para Sukma.
Ten sports will be contested at the Games.
They are athletics, swimming, badminton, boccia, chess, archery, table tennis, powerlifting, tenpin bowling and lawn bowls.
Swimming events will start on Nov 26 at the Tuanku Zara Aquatic Centre in MBI Sport Complex in Ipoh.