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Friday, June 15, 2007

Why Malaysians Can't Take The Pool

Every Friday evening my son will ask me to take him to the National Aquatic Centre at Bukit Jalil Sports Complex. On friday evening the training pool is opened to the public FREE of charge from 6.00 -7.00 pm. However today my son did not get to swim because the pool is closed for Fobissea Primary School Carnival. It was a swimming competition carnival for primary school children of International Schools in South East Asia.

The organisation named FOBISSEA and the host for this carnival is The Alice Smiths School of Kuala Lumpur. It was an interesting swimming competition and I had the opportunity just to see two events (other events were held earlier). How I wish that kind of swimming competition gets the attention of our primary school children. Participants are students of all International Schools in South East Asia including Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia. It was a crowd at the pool and on the terrace. I got to witness the relay race whereby it was a backstroke and the concept of introducing the kids the full 50 metre pool on rubber tubes. It was a water confidence training for the kids for is they were to swim backstroke the whole length, they might not be able to make it. The event makes me realise why Malaysian children can't grow up to be world champions.

ASUM should learn from this event and organise one. Its the creativity to instill interest among young kids in swimming. However I saw the secretary of ASUM present since there were Malaysian athletes training in the training pool.

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