AWARDS: USM honour duo for their achievements
GEORGE TOWN: EQUESTRIAN rider Syed Kamil Nafis Syed Yusof and synchronised swimmer Mandy Yeap were crowned Universiti Sains Malaysia Sportsman and Sportswoman respectively recently.
The duo each received RM400 cash, sports jacket, trophy, certificate, a Nestle hamper and Eastin Hotel hi-tea voucher from USM vice chancellor Professor Datuk Omar Osman during a gala dinner in Queensbay near here.
Syed Kamil, a second year interior decoration student, won the sportsman title for winning a gold, silver and bronze at the 2011 Penang Annual Horse Show.
Mandy was the most successful athlete from USM last year, having represented the country at the 2011 Indonesia Sea Games and winning three team gold medals and participated in the 2011 Shanghai World Championships.
The third-year management student has also won many national events and for her achievements, the petite lass also received the Malaysian Universities Sports Council (Masum) award from the Sultan of Terengganu, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin in Kuala Terengganu recently.
Martial arts exponents Lim Chee Wei and Jocelyn Chai Shwu In of karate and taekwondo respectively won the Most Promising Athlete award which came with a trophy, certificate, sports jacket and a Nestle hamper each.
Chee Wei, a first year humanity science student, won bronze medals at the 2011 Indonesia Sea Games and the 7th World Karate Junior Championship last year. He also won the gold at the 21st Makaf Junior Championships last year and successfully defended it this year.
Shwu In was also in her element, winning a gold, silver, and bronze at the Masum series one, two and three last year and in this year's Masum serie one, she won a gold and silver while in the second and third series, she won a gold and two gold respectively.
The second year management undergraduate also won gold medals at the IPT Malaysian team selection championship and at the CK International Taekwondo Championships.
Meanwhile, S. Somasundram was honoured with a special award, the inaugural Jasa Mu diKenang.
Soma, as he is fondly called, was the executive secretary of the Asean Universities Sports Council when Malaysia was the chair, headed by USM vice chancellor Datuk Omar Osman.
It was also during this period that Kuala Lumpur hosted the 14th Asean University Games in 2008 with the cooperation of the Higher Education Ministry.
ROLL OF HONOUR
Sportsman: Syed Kamil Nafis Syed Yusof (equestrian); Most promising: Lim Chee Wei (karate-do)
Team (small): Swimming 4x100m; Team (big): Basketball
Sportswoman: Mandy Yeap Mun Xin (swimming); Most promising: Jocelyn Chai Shwu In (taekwondo)
Team (small): Basketball 3ON3; Team (big): Basketball
Special Award Jasa Mu diKenang: S. Somasundram