Posted by: ssbjalumni | January 19, 2011

Carolyn sets up training centre for young aspiring gymnasts

FORMER international Carolyn Au-Yong Yim Wah, a member of the Malaysian rhythmic gymnastics gold medal winning team in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, has a diploma in advertising and graphic design.But she has chosen to be a full-time rhythmic gymnastics instructor and has set up a training centre — Carolyn’s School of Rhythmic Gymnastics — based at Central Park Sports Centre in Kota Damansara.

Carolyn said she was passionate about rhythmic gymnastics and wanted to share her knowledge with young aspiring gymnasts.

“I was quite tempted to venture into the advertising industry but somehow found rhythmic gymnastics more interesting and decided to become a full-time coach. I am looking forward to playing a part in the development of rhythmic gymnastics,’’ said Carolyn.

This is how you do it: Carolyn gives a helping hand to a trainee.

For Carolyn, coaching is not something new. The 28-year-old, who retired from competitions after the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, has been actively involved in coaching for the past seven years.

For six years, she was involved in the Kuala Lumpur rhythmic gymnastics junior programme as well helping the national trainees.

About five years ago, she opted to be a coach and was involved in coaching in schools. But two months ago, Carolyn felt that the time has come for her to set up her training centre.

“I have been coaching in schools and will continue to do so. But with my own training centre, I will be able to draw up an intensive training programme for the trainees. I will be at my centre on weekends,’’ said Carolyn.

About 50 children, aged from three to 12, are currently attending her weekend training sessions. Carolyn, who is also a qualified rhythmic gymnastics judge, said most of the trainees had gone through the basic training programme.

“For the new season, they are expected to represent their schools and I am expecting them to give a decent performance. We will also be initiating an internal grading programme to evaluate the gymnasts.

“The gymnasts will be given the chance to gauge their progress in the inter-club championships. So it is going to be an interesting and exciting season for the trainees.

“My aim is to make the training sessions enjoyable. The training sessions must not be a burden to them but something they should look forward to with enthusiasm,’’ said Carolyn.

She has come a long way since she took up gymnastics. She has represented the country in the SEA Games, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. Her most impressive result was in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Besides winning the bronze medal in the individual ribbon event, Carolyn and her teammates — Sarina Sundararajah, Thye Chee Kiat, and El Regina Tajudin – won the team gold medal in the Commonwealth Games.

For her outstanding results in the Commonwealth Games, Carolyn was named as the Kuala Lumpur Sportswoman of the Year.

She has also made a name for herself in cheerleading as a coach as well as a judge in competitions.

Source : The Star

Posted by: ssbjalumni | December 12, 2010

BJSS Alumni Set Up

Thursday October 28, 2010

FORMER international archer Fairuz Hanisah Che Ibrahim has been given the responsibility to initiate the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) alumni.
At the helm: Fairuz Hanisah has been tasked to head the alumni.

The first meeting will be held at the BJSS on Sunday at 9.30am. BJSS senior assistant Suhaimi Sun Abdullah said the school’s Parent-Teachers Association (PTA) were keen to start an association for former students.

“The PTA felt that former students of the school should return for a get-together and also be part of the school’s activities. The former students can meet the current students and motivate them to excel in studies as well as sports.

“We have nominated Fairuz to organise the first meeting,’’ said Suhaimi.

Fairuz, who had represented Malaysia in the several international competitions including the SEA Games and Asian Games, was a former student of BJSS.

Currently, she is a teacher and also archery coach at the BJSS.
Suhaimi: ‘It will be interesting as most of the former students are doing well.’

Fairuz said they had invited all former students for the meeting.

“Students who had studied at the BJSS from 1996 to 2009 are eligible to be members of the alumni. We have already sent out feelers to all the students. The response is encouraging,’’ said Fairuz.

A pro-tem committee will be formed.

Suhaimi said the committee would have to draw up their programmes.

“It will be interesting as most of the former students are doing well. They can get together regularly and contribute to the school in their own way,’’ added Suhaimi.

For more information, contact Fairuz at 012-3433681.

Source: The Star Online

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