It pays to be active in sports, students told

Julaini (in dark blue shirt) presenting a prize to a representative of 'Danson House’, winner of the meet’s parade. Lim’s House came in second, while McDougal was third.

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, April 17: Students can have a bright future in sports if they are committed to pursuing it as a career, said Julaini Mokhtar, a political secretary to the Chief Minister.

Launching SMK St Columba Miri’s 64th sports meet here today, he said sports personalities such as shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei, diver Pandelela Rinong Pamg and squash queen Datuk Nicole Anne David were good examples of what sporting excellence could bring.

Julaini told those present that being active in sports also had its advantages when they enter the job market.

“Sports, in fact, also helps create stronger and more energetic individuals. It is a tool for holistic development,” said Julaini, who represented Assistant Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin to officiate at the event.

Later, he announced an allocation of RM5,000 on behalf of Lee for the school’s activities.

A total of 1,170 Form 1 to Form 5 students are taking part in the two-day meet.

Also present was the school’s deputy principal Lai Shu Leni Ales. — DayakDaily