Thursday, May 28, 2015

Childhood friends’ Olympic dreams begin at SEA Games

PETALING JAYA: The Olympic dream starts here.

Filepic of national sailor Nur Shazrin Mohd Latif.
Filepic of national sailor Nur Shazrin Mohd Latif.

For childhood friends Nur Shazrin Mohd Latif and Noraisyah Jamil, their shared goal of representing Malaysia at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will set sail at the Singapore SEA Games which begins next week.

And the duo want to prove their credentials by winning their event in the sailing competition at Marina Bay from June 11-20.
Nur Shazrin, 17, will make her Games debut in Laser Radial while Nuraisyah, 19, will partner Norasykin Abdul Sayed in the women’s 470.

The more experienced Nuraisyah claimed the silver with Umi Norwahida Salahuddin in the 420 at the Incheon Asian Games last September and Myanmar SEA Games in 2013.
Their friendship started at primary school SRK Kopok in Pasir Gudang, Johor.

“Our houses were near the sea and we eventually took up sailing. But I followed my mom when we shifted to Pekan in Pahang. We remained in touch and it’s wonderful that I made it to the Games squad this time.

“Nuraisyah has been in the national team for a few years now. It’s good to be in the same team as she guides me around,” said Nur Shazrin, who took part in last year’s Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, where she finished sixth in the Byte event.

“I hope to win the gold. My dream is to be an Olympic sailor. Hopefully, I can qualify for Tokyo in five years’ time,” said Nur Shazrin, who won the Laser Radial gold at last year’s Sukma (Malaysia Games) in Perlis.

She also bagged the Laser Radial gold at the Singapore Open in February and the Asian Sailing Youth Cup in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, in March.
For Nuraisyah, she will be making her second SEA Games appearance.

“I partnered Umi in the 420 in Myanmar two years ago. We finished second behind Singapore’s Kimberly Lim-Savannah Siew. I hope to go one better this time.”

Sailing won two golds for Malaysia in Myanmar through Mohd Faizal Norizan-Ahmad Syukri Abdul Aziz in the men’s 420 and Khairulnizam Afendy in the Laser Standard.

 by Lim Teik Huat - The Star

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