Team Malaysia Sea Games 2017: Athletes We Need To Look Out For
The 2017 Southeast Asian Games – more commonly known as SEA Games – will be taking place from 19 August to 30 August, right here in our home country! This year, Malaysia will be sending 874 athletes to participate in the SEA Games, which is the largest number we have ever sent for the SEA Games.
With the SEA Games just around the corner, it’s time to get into the Malaysian team spirit! Let’s get to know some of the outstanding athletes who will be representing Malaysia in this biggest sports event of the region. #TeamMalaysia
Julian is not only a 4-time Malaysian senior national champion under the Men’s Figure Skating Category, he is the first and only Malaysian to have qualified for the finals at the World Figure Skating Championships for two years in a row.
Training routine: Julian’s trainings take place mainly in Canada. He started out training in Malaysia but sought training elsewhere since ice rinks in Malaysia are mainly intended for public leisure, which limited the amount of time he was able to train for.
Fun fact: Julian was first introduced to this sport through his mother, who was the deputy president of the Ice Skating Association of Malaysia from 2012 to 2014. He also just started doing vlogs! Watch them here.
Julian wore this blouse in his Hari Raya greeting on Instagram. The contrasting colours and floral prints make for the perfect smart-casual top.
Soo Eng Heng
This 33-year-old veteran basketball player plays the role of the guard, and he has won a bronze medal for Malaysia in the 2007 SEA Games. This will be his 4th SEA Games and he will be entering the court as one of two senior players on the team.
Soo says that he plays every game as if it’s his last in hopes that younger players will be inspired to play harder than him. He may be one of the older members of the national team, but his passion doesn’t stop him from giving his all!
Fun fact: Soo, who holds the rank of a sergeant, works as an investigation officer in a traffic police division. This is in fact his dream job!
Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah
This 14-year-old started water skiing when she was just five years old and she has won many competitions despite being the youngest competitor in most of them. She was listed in the Top 10 World Ranking for the “Under-17” category in girls tricks and top 30 in the World Ranking for the “Open Women” category by the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF). Though young, she is surely a force to be reckoned with.
Training routine: Aaliyah trains before and after school with only one rest day per week, and she wakes up at 7am almost every morning for training.
Fun fact: Her two younger brothers, Aiden, 11, and Adam, 9, are professional water-skiers as well. They will be competing in the men’s tricks category this SEA Games.
Aaliyah isn’t afraid to make waves in fashion as well. This beautiful floral baru kurong brings our her fresh and youthful energy.
Anja is one of the top short track speed skaters in Malaysia. She has won the Overall Ladies Champion Trophy for the ISU World Development Trophy 2013.
Find out more about her competing schedules and daily life through her blog posts here.
Fun fact: She has a law degree and enjoys cheerleading as a hobby.
When Anja is rocking training gear, she’s chilling by the pool. This stunning bikini’s bold details are absolutely unique and beautiful.
Wong Weng Son
Weng Son, who is competing in the ‘jianshu’ (double-edged sword) and ‘qiangshu’ (spear) categories under Wushu at the upcoming SEA Games, is set to win gold. He already has a list of medals under his belt, including Malaysia’s first gold medal at the inaugural Taolu World Cup in 2016.
Fun fact: His artistic skills are seriously impressive – he once designed his own costume for a competition!
Ng Eain Yow
This squash player ranks 81st worldwide, which is no mean feat for a 19-year-old. He started competitive training at the age of 7, and the years of hard work have paid off, as evident from his title of World Junior Squash Champion. This will be his first SEA Games.
Sports have a wonderful way of rallying people together, and the spirit of cheering for your favourite athletes alongside fellow Malaysians is irreplaceable. We wish all the 874 athletes representing Malaysia all the best this SEA Games 2017!
*Featured Image Credit: @anjachong | Instagram
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