RM29k in incentives disbursed by Power Aquatics Swimming Club to celebrate athletes’ achievements

Tan (standing back row, 5th right) and Voon (6th right) with the at the 7th Power Aquatic Swimming Club Annual Dinner at a local restaurant in Kuching on Dec 30, 2023.

KUCHING, Dec 31: The Power Aquatics Swimming Club (PASC) has disbursed RM29,000 in incentives to 59 of its athletes for their achievements in swimming and water polo competitions in 2023.

Its president, Kapitan Tan Kun Gee, expressed gratitude to the athletes’ parents and coaches for helping the athletes succeed.

During the 7th Power Aquatic Swimming Club Annual Dinner at a local restaurant on Saturday night (Dec 30), Tan said that PASC made a remarkable feat when its Sarawak Boys U16 team clinched the 58th Milo/PRM Malaysia Age Group Water Polo Championship title.

He said such an achievement marked the first time in over two decades that a Sarawak junior team has secured a national championship.

Tan further shared how the Sarawak girls’ team showcased their talent by winning the bronze medal in the Women’s Open category.

“Another exceptional accomplishment was achieved by Sheamus Chew, who shattered the Boys Group D 50m butterfly record during the Sarawak Age Group Swimming Championship.

“Chew’s incredible performance eclipsed a record set by former national swimmer Olympian Daniel Bego in 2000.”

Tan said that PASC is proud that three of their water polo players—Sara Tham, Faustina Kow, and Casper Tan—were handpicked to represent the country in the 45th Southeast Asia (SEA) Age Group Water Polo Championship 2023, held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“These achievements were made possible through the dedication and hard work of our athletes, coaches, and supportive parents.

“The club’s commitment to fostering an environment of growth and excellence is further enhanced by a swimming coach from the Philippines, Frederick John,” he said.

Meanwhile, political secretary to Premier Kho Teck Wan, who was present at the event, encouraged the public to join a sports club.

“It can build long-lasting friendships, develop resilience, and foster team spirit and provides individuals with a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who share common interests and passions,” said Kho.

Kho applauded the sacrifices made by parents who send their children for sports training and expressed gratitude for their support and dedication.

“Behind every successful child athlete are parents who make significant sacrifices to ensure their children’s success,” said Kho, who was representing Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Dr Sim Kui Hian at the event.

PASC founder Voon Yong Hui and treasurer Ngo Sie Haw were also present. — DayakDaily