SARAWAKIAN sportspeople have really done the State proud this year.
The latest feather in the cap for Sarawak comes from a more unusual sport – dancesport.
In case you don’t really know what this is – I certainly needed Google’s help – dancesport is competitive ballroom dancing. This is different to social or exhibition dancing.
It applies only to the International Style of competitive ballroom (often referred to as Standard or Modern) dancing and Latin.
Anyway, without getting too technical, Sarawak’s top youth dance couple Randell Lim Xiu Zhen and Cindy Chung Sin Yee made history when they emerged champions in the Adult Standard Grade A category of the Malaysia DanceSport Federation Final National Ranking Championship held in Muar, Johor on Dec 23.
You see Lim is just 16, while Chung is 14! That makes them the youngest couple ever to win the National Grade A Standard category.
Well done! Great to see the State’s youth doing so well in so many areas.
Apparently Lim and Chung gave a “smooth delivery and immaculate moves in Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Slow Foxtrot and Quickstep” to impress the majority of judges.
The duo only started their dance partnership in June last year. However, they have been active in World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) international competitions and have competed in Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and Hong Kong and the Philippines.
During a competition in Manila, the Philippines, the pair placed fourth in the Youth Open Standard and sixth in the Latin event.
Still very impressive because apparently the Philippines has a very established dancesport scene and this was a world event!
Lim and Chung are students of SMK Kuching High and SMK Jalan Arang respectively.
At the conclusion of the Malaysia National ranking for the 2010-2011 season, Lim and Chung are third overall in the Standard category with 76 ranking points. In the Latin category, they are sixth overall with 36 points.
In the Standard category, the pair are just behind fellow Sarawakians Russell Lim Jian Liang and Alexis Jap Hsiao Tding who are in the No.2 spot with 90 ranking points. Russell and Alexis are also No. 3 in the Latin category with 73 points.
I wish both dance couples all the best in the New Year and hope other youths will take up this and other sports so that they too may have a chance to do the State proud.
Also the next time my family members want to watch Dancing With the Stars on Astro, I guess I’ll be joining them to learn more about ballroom dancing moves.
The Borneo Post’s report:
State top duo youngest ever national champs
KUCHING: It was a smashing year-ender for Sarawak DanceSport when state’s top youth dance couple Randell Lim Xiu Zhen and Cindy Chung Sin Yee created history to emerge champion in the Adult Standard Grade A category of the Malaysia DanceSport Federation Final National Ranking Championship held in Muar, Johor on Dec 23.
Sixteen year- old Randell and 14-year old Cindy were the youngest couple ever to win the National Grade A Standard category.
Just before the competition, there was an air of excitement among the participants and spectators alike in anticipation of a new champion when the competition was thrown wide open with the withdrawal of husband-wife couple of Anthony Chua and Anita Tan from Johor, the defending champion for six years in a row.
The organiser had advised the couple to skip the competition because Anita is expecting.
Tension ran high but Randell and Cindy gave their best shot with their smooth delivery and immaculate moves in Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Slow Foxtrot and Quickstep that impressed the majority of adjudicators, in a closely contested match to pip Edwin Teo Chee Seng and Kimberly Tan from Johor to win the title.
Randell and Cindy, who are trained by Sabah based John Chong, could hardly believe their ears when they were announced as winners. There were tears of joy as they took to the rostrum to be crowned as the new Malaysia National Grade A Standard champion. This more than make up for their disappointment of finishing seventh in the Adult Latin category that was eventually won by Chua Zjen Fong and Evon Chong from Kuala Lumpur.
Ever since starting their dance partnership in June last year, Randell and Cindy are active in World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) international competitions and have competed in Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and Hong Kong and Philippines.
At their previous international outing in Manila, Philippines, Randell and Cindy who are students of SMK Kuching High and SMK Jalan Arang respectively, were placed fourth in the Youth Open Standard and sixth in Latin events respectively.
Apart from competitions, the duo are also busy with public performances, having done one in Kota Kinabalu on Dec 17 at the invitation of Sabah DanceSport Association, with another coming up in Kuching. They are also invited to perform in Indonesia for the coming Chinese New Year.
At the conclusion of Malaysia National ranking for 2010-2011 season, Randell and Cindy leapfrogged from eighth to third overall in Standard category with accumulated 76 ranking points.
Anthony Chua and Anita Tan are No.1 with 110 ranking points and in No.2 spot are Russell Lim Jian Liang and Alexis Jap Hsiao Tding of Sarawak who had 90 ranking points. In fourth place are Edwin Teo Chee Seng and Kimberly Tan on 73 points, Eejohn Chang and Grace Chong are No. 5 with 72 points while Alan Lim and Geilean Lam are No.6 with 53 points, who are all from Johor.
In the Latin category, Chua Zjen Fong and Evon Chong from Kuala Lumpur are No.1 with 146 points. Johor`s Jacky Lim Yee Hsien and Jessie Pang Yin Qi are No. 2 with 79 points. Russell Lim Jian Liang and Alexis Jap Hsiao Tding are No.3 on 73 points. David Ang and Janice Lim of Johor are fourth with 57 points. Fifth are Selangor`s Jonathan Fam and Lee Yin Ying with 45 points. Randell Lim and Cindy Chung are in sixth overall spot with 36 points.