Over two hundred youthful swimmers, representing 4 clubs and 25 schools, mainly from Ipoh, participated in the recently concluded Perak Closed Swimming Championship 2011. The event, held on November 12 and 13 at the Ipoh City Council Swimming Complex, was organised by the Amateur Swimming Association of Perak for the purpose of selecting a team for next year’s Sukma Games (Sukan Malaysia).
Orca Swimming Club, Taiping Chinese Recreation Club and Kinta Swimming Club sent the largest contingent. Their total of 111 swimmers represented almost 52 per cent of the overall number of participants.
The number of records broken was not substantial but some credible timings were recorded. This bodes well for the state. In the 4x100m medley relay Boys 1, SMK Gunung Rapat broke the old record by almost 12 seconds finishing in 5 mins 19.78 secs. Runner-up Kinta Swimming Club too beat the record touching the wall in 5 mins 21.87 secs. Nur Diana Balquis completed the 50m freestyle Girls 2 blue ribbon race in 29.57 secs. Her winning time, however, was nowhere close to Cindy Ong’s 28.25 secs recorded in 1999.
Dato’ Dr Hj Zakaria Kadir, President of the Amateur Swimming Club of Perak was pleased with the overall performance of the swimmers but was disappointed with the facilities at the council’s pools. “More could be done to improve the quality and standard,” he told Ipoh Echo. He deplored the state of the Olympic-size pool which was not being properly maintained and kept by Ipoh City Council. “Something must be done to improve it otherwise we can’t hold national-level meets here,” he lamented.