Hammerheads Swim Club welcomes new head coach

Fadhil Yunus

Clement Leong has been appointed the new head coach of the Hammerheads Swim Club following an announcement made by the International School Brunei (ISB) recently.

Having forged a career as a competitive swimmer, Leong began coaching in 2012 as a university coach in Penang, Malaysia before taking over the position in Perak as the state coach for three years. He played a key role in producing a number of top swimmers during his reign.

Leong moved to Labuan International School (LIS) in 2016 as their head of swimming, where he was tasked with overlooking the ‘learn to swim’ programme and to build a swim team.

In September 2019, he underwent a six-month coaching stint at Glenmark Aquatic Foundation in India working with top Indian swimmers.

New Hammerheads Swim Club Head Coach Clement Leong. PHOTO: ISB

During his time as a swim coach, he developed and nurtured an array of talented swimmers who have gone on to achieve great results at national and regional levels.

Armed with strong credentials and expertise as well as a wealth of experience in swimming and coaching, the coach will be looking to shape and develop the Hammerheads Swim Club programme for 2021 and beyond, with emphasis on skill development and fun learning.

Leong said, “Brunei has the potential to grow in swimming and I have the ambition to teach swimmers to love the sport and at the same time help them to reach their full potential in the sport. Hopefully, they will be able to represent the country in the future.”

The coach expressed his excitement on the school’s vision and ambition, before adding he has many ideas to propel the club forward.

He said, “I believe the development of swimmers has to come from a grassroots foundation. There are a lot of gaps to fill in between the developmental and competitive stage.

“At the same time, I would like to bring in the fun and to create more interest in swimming. As a coach, I believe in early education, by creating the awareness and building their passion at a young age.

“Swimming can become their sport or a survival technique. This will nurture their discipline, teamwork, sportsmanship and appreciation for water or any sports.”

Meanwhile, ISB’s Executive Principal and President of the Hammerheads Swim Club Laura Thomas welcomed his appointment.

She said, “Clement is experienced in coaching and mentoring swimmers both regionally and internationally. Clement shares the club’s ambition to further develop the already extensive program for swimmers from learn to swim to platinum level.

“The committee, swimmers and their families are excited to see the developments Clement will bring to our long established and reputable club.”