| Daniel Lim |
STUDENTS of Sayyidina Ali Secondary School (SMSA), Kuala Belait were treated to a series of fencing showcases during the Fencing Sports Roadshow at the main foyer of the school recently.
Organised by the Coaching and Sports Development Unit (UPKS), Youth and Sports Department of the Belait District branch, the roadshow saw more than 30 students participating.
The roadshow served to promote fencing and as an opportunity for the UKPS to scout potential athletes to be part of the Youth and Sports Department scheme.
A basic fencing course was held for the students, delivered by six athletes who are active in fencing. The roadshow was led by National Assistant Fencing Coach Haji Zainoreen bin Haji Mohd Yusof.
Haji Zainoreen said the roadshow received encouraging feedback.
“The feedback from students and teachers was tremendously positive, but to ensure that we can help develop and nurture those with promising talents, we are rolling out the registration for students who want to take part in fencing in stages,” he told the Bulletin.
As a form of martial arts and swordsmanship, he explained that fencing also instills a disciplined mindset to the fencers.
“We advise youths who wish to partake in fencing to consider it as a sport, which can benefit them, both physically and mentally,” he said.
One of the fencers Muhammad Yadiy Wa’ie Mukminin bin Rizalman, who has over three years of experience in fencing, shared that fencing offers a unique experience.
“With an abundant of youth across the country taking up various sports that are popular such as football, netball and so on, the sports of fencing can be seen as a special kind of sports that is rarely played and will turn heads when we discuss it with our friends and families.”
Muhammad Yadiy has participated in several fencing competitions. He said he was often approached by people who are curious about fencing.
“We are always asked many questions, especially during roadshows such as this … (Questions) like the origin of fencing, how the equipments is used, and so on; which helps fuel their excitements towards the sport,” he said.
He hopes that more people will start to pick up fencing, which will help widen the platform and further develop the skills among youths, who may be selected to represent the country in national, regional and international levels.
Previously, the roadshows were also held at Anthony Abell College, Perdana Wazir Secondary School, and St James School. The UPKS is aiming to conduct more roadshows at other schools.
Also present at the roadshow were Head of Youth and Sports of the Belait District branch Gaung Jamit, UPKS Belait District Branch Coordinator Kamarul Arifin bin Mohamad Harif, as well as several instructors of the UPKS Belait District Branch.