KUCHING: Wushu Federation of Sarawak (WFS) deputy president James Ting Ing Seek is grateful that his contribution to wushu in Sarawak for the past 28 years has once again been recognised by the state government.
Ting was conferred the Pegawai Bintang Sarawak (PBS) by the Head of State Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud at the Astana in Petra Jaya this year.
“I feel very happy and proud to be recognised for the second time by the state government on my contribution to Sarawak wushu.
“This shows that the government is very serious about wushu development,” said Ting.
“Wushu is one of the sports that has consistently helped to contribute a big number of gold medals for the Sarawak contingent at Sukan Malaysia (Sukma) and other national meets.
“Apart from that, we have also helped to produce high calibre athletes like Loh Jack Chang and Diana Bong who have won medals for the country at the SEA Games, Asian Games, World Wushu Championship and World Taolu Championship,” said the WFS Head Coach and Chief Examiner for East Malaysia.
He also expressed his gratitude and appreciation to WFS, Sarawak Sports Corporation, Sarawak State Sports Council, parents, athletes and supporters for their continuous support to him and Sarawak wushu.
Ting joined WFS (formerly known as the Wushu, Lion and Dragon Dance Federation of Sarawak) in 1981 and was chief coach since 1998.
He was first bestowed the Ahli Bintang Sarawak (ABS) in 2000 by the then Head of State Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin.
He also received the Best Coach (1999-2000) award of the Sarawak Sports Awards in 2001 and the Tokoh Sukan Warga Emas in 2011.
Meanwhile, Ting congratulated WFS executive committee member Jong Chin Wei for winning the Top 10 Most Outstanding Instructor award at the Malaysia Gold Award Ceremony.
Jong is WFS national level judge and coach, MSNS elite coach in Miri and the president of the Jun Wei Bintulu Wushu Club.
“This achievement and recognition for Jong is good for Sarawak and WFS is proud and honoured with the award.
“Sarawak is very blessed to have a group of young coaches like Jong who are very persistent and pro-active in helping to promote and develop wushu,” said Ting.
He said Jong’s success can motivate other coaches and judges to further upgrade themselves and bring the standard of wushu in the state to higher levels.
“Jong was involved in wushu in Miri under the Piasau Zhong Hua Wushu Club, Miri and had recently set up the Jun Wei Bintulu Wushu Club, thus helping to create a bigger pool of athletes for the state.
“As wushu is one of the High Performance Sports, it is very important for our coaches to attend more courses and seminars at national and international levels as we embrace a more scientific approach to training and coaching the athletes,” added Ting.