| Fadhil Yunus |
BRUNEI Darussalam’s swimming teams ‘A’ and ‘B’ have set a target of between five to eight new personal bests during the 10th BIMPNT-EAGA Friendship Games 2018 at the Swimming Pool of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex from today until tomorrow.
Brunei Darussalam will compete against teams from Mindanao, Northern Territory, Persatuan Renang Labuan, Sabah Swimming Team, Sarawak and South Sulawesi Province.
“I’ve been with the team from day one and they hope to break at least five to eight personal best records. It is a target for the whole team. This is their motivation and this is what they hope to achieve,” said Brunei Darussalam Team ‘B’ manager Zeti Reza Amin in an interview with the Bulletin.
“Medals will be an extra bonus for them. They are motivating and challenging themselves and at the same time they are gaining exposure competing with international participants.”
The manager said the athletes hope to break the national record as well which carries a financial incentive.
She shared that one of the national swimmers Nur Haziq Samil was looking to break his 200m backstroke record.
“He is looking at that and he said that he wants to break his record. He wants to break his personal best too,” added Zeti.
The Brunei Darussalam swimming teams have made steady preparations ahead of the meet to achieve the target including taking care of their diet.
National swimmers Nur Haziq Samil and Ashley Chai are the most experienced in the team having been selected to compete in regional tournaments.
“Based on what we are expecting, the government is very supportive of our contingent in so many aspects especially our sports physio. They are very supportive in taking care of our swimmers and making sure that our swimmers are in top shape,” said Brunei Darussalam Team ‘A’ coach Jeremy Salonga Salasibar.
“We are expecting a lot of personal bests in the competition. If we get a very good personal best, medals will come. We are lucky to host the competition and we are giving exposure to the young swimmers,” he said.
The aquatics event is an under-21 meet but most athletes are considerably young with the eldest at 17 and the youngest athlete in the Brunei contingent Hayley Wong, aged 10.
Jeremy highlighted that the Northern Territory, Mindanao and Sabah will pose the biggest threat as they have been dominating the event in the history of the multi-sporting meet.