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Smart Partnership Bears Fruit Klang emerge second in MSSS championships

11 APRIL 2008 - The partnership between Westports Malaysia and the Klang District Schools Sports Council (MSSDK) has played a big part in Klang emerging as a powerhouse in the Selangor Schools Sports Council (MSSS) athletics championships.

In the recent championships held at the Petaling Jaya Stadium in Kelana Jaya, Klang finished second behind Hulu Langat.

In the four-day championships, Klang collected 26 gold, 23 silver and 21 bronze medals while Hulu Langat had 27 gold, 22 silver and 22 bronze medals.

Klang District Education officer Mahmud Karim said they were leading the medal tally until the last day.

"The impressive outing was due to the training and development programme initiated with the support from Westports Malaysia."

"We started the programme in 2005."

"Then, the trainees were young but now they have shown tremendous progress and won medals for Klang. We also want to show our appreciation to Westsports Malaysia for their support."

"The monetary support from Westports has helped us unearth many talents from rural areas. We had initiated talent identification clinics and motivational programmes."

"Some of our athletes have also made it to the sports schools in Bukit Jalil and Bandar Penawar."

"We hope they would one day make an impact at national and international levels," said Mahmud.

Klang's Ong Chin Yong, Mohamed Syafiq Imran Omar and N. Suganya were adjudged as the best athletes in their respective age groups.

Ong, who won two gold medals, was the Best Athlete in the boys' Class Three while Mohamed Syafiq was named as the Best Athlete in the boys' Class Four.

Suganya took home the Best Athlete award in the girls Class Two.

Mahmud said they were also proud to have 11 athletes picked to represent Selangor in the Milo-Malaysian Schools Sports Council (MSSM) athletics championships later this month.

Westports' executive director Ruben Emir Gnanalingam said its sponsorship to the Klang Schools was aimed at nurturing young talents into champions.

"Potential athletes were identified and provided with training under capable teachers."

"The results are certainly encouraging and we hope to see the athletes excel in national and international meets," said Ruben.

Source: The Star