Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Rajiah ready to trade all her Sukma golds for SEA Games success

PETALING JAYA: Canoeist Siti Rajiah Ali would readily exchange all 19 of her Sukma (Malaysia Games) gold medals for a single gold at the SEA Games in Jakarta.

In the Kuala Lumpur Sukma held in June, Rajiah was the biggest winner for the Terengganu contingent with six gold medals.

She has accumulated a total of 19 Sukma gold medals from canoeing since her first appearance in Terengganu 2008.
“Being able to compete against international athletes in the SEA Games is something I have wanted to do for a long time,” she said.

“Now, I can finally measure myself against the regional canoeists after being so dominant in the local scene.”
Malaysia have never won a gold medal in canoeing.

The last time they won any medal in the event was at Jakarta 1997 where they bagged three bronzes.
Rajiah has a tough time ahead of her as the SEA Games will be only her second international competition.
“My first international was the 2008 South-East Asian Canoeing Championships in Singapore,” she said.
“I’m raring to prove myself on the international stage.

“I believe I have made good progress over the years and can do well in Jakarta.”

The canoeing competition will be held from Nov 10-13 and Rajiah will compete in the 500m K4, 200m K2 and 200m K2 events.

Others in the team are Noraishah Yahya, Adibah Nor Azaha, Faizah Firdaus Fauzi and Nurul Farahim Abdul Wahab.

The men’s team comprises Hamdan Mohammad, Kenny Dalglish David, Abdul Halim Heesham and Mohd Noh Parmin.


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