KUCHING: The Northern Zone team has emerged as the overall champion Sukan Sarawak or SukSar. The team, which comprises athletes from Miri, Bintulu and Limbang, won 76 gold medals during the games held from December 14 to 17.
Present to hand over the championship trophy was Minister of Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development, Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah during the SukSar closing ceremony held at Stadium Perpaduan here yesterday.
The “At let Para Harapan Wanita” award went to Nur Farhani Kudus from the Southern Zone in the athletics category while the “Atlet Para Harapan Lelaki” award went to Kho Zen Wei from the Southern Zone in the swimming category.
Meanwhile, Tan Tyng from the Southern Zone won the “Atlet Harapan Wanita” award in the swimming category while Ting Kee Wei from the Northern Zone captured the “Atlet Harapan Lelaki” in the archery category. In his speech, Assistant Youth and Spor ts Minister, Datuk Snowdan Lawan said SukSar had successfully inspired the “Anak Sarawak” to keep on fighting in sports.
“The spirit shown by the Northern, Southern, Middle and Eastern Zones is the spirit that we want in order to excel in competitions. “SukSar 2017 was indeed a platform for us to inspire and identify new athletes and new talents to replace our heroes such as Pandelela Rinong, Watson Nyambek, Sapok Biki and others,” he pointed out.
Snowdan’s speech was read by the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Spor ts, Datu Ik Pahon Joyik.
“From today onwards, when you return to your development centres, please continue with your training and maintain the discipline so that one day, you can represent Sarawak and Malaysia as a whole in the Sea Games and also in the Olympic Games as well,” added Snowdan.