Muhammad Rafiq said he was happy to win the award, which would encourage him to do even better in future competitions.
“My ambition is to represent Malaysia at senior competitions and I will continue to train hard to realise my dreams,’’ said Muhammad Rafiq.
Table-tennis player Foo Dunley was presented with the Special Award for boys. The student at SMK Katholik is considered one of the most promising table-tennis players in the country.
He has won medals in almost all age-group competitons. He won three golds each at the MSSM Table-tennis Championships and National Junior Championships.
Rhythmic gymnast Au Wei Ran, a student at the SMK Seri Serdang, was named the winner of the Special Award for girls.
The 17-year-old was impressive at the Selangor Schools Sports Council and Malaysian Schools Sports Council Gymnastics Champion-ships. She also excelled in the Asean Schools Games by winning a gold, two silvers and a bronze.
Chess player Muhammad Faqih Aninuddin and basketball player Tricia Ng Shu Hwei were rewarded with the Most Promising Sportsboy and Most Promising Sportsgirl awards, respectively.
The Selangor Education Department also honoured teachers Zolkifly Abdul Majid and Keoh Lay Khuan for their contributions as coaches.
Zolklify, a teacher at SMK Taman SEA, is active in athletics, while Lay Khuan, from SJKC Sin Bin, Sungai Lima, Pulau Ketam, Klang is involved in gymnastics.
Both have groomed several students to represent Selangor in their respective sports.
The recipients in the Special Education category were archer Muhammad Faiz Abdul Hamid and athlete Tun Aina Nadiah Tun Ali,
Muhammad Faiz, a student at SMK Pengkalan Permatang, Kuala Selangor, represented Selangor at the Malaysian Schools Sports Council Championships and National Circuit, while Tun Aina won medals in the Special Education Athletics Champion-ships.
SMK Kampong Jawa, a centre of excellence for athletics, and SJKC Yuk Chai, focusing on gymnastics, basketball, table-tennis and wushu, were voted as the best schools in the Secondary and Primary Schools categories, respectively.
Klang, accumulating 189 points, were the overall champions and received RM5,000.
The second and third spots went to Petaling Perdana (164 points) and Petaling Utama (148 points), respectively.
Selangor Education Department director Mahmud Karim, who presented the awards to the winners, said Selangor have been kingpins of the Malaysian Schools Sports Council calendar for more than a decade.
“The success is due to dedicated students and teachers. We would like the teachers to continue their commitment towards grooming the students to excel in sports,’’ said Mahmud.
Selangor Education Department sports unit head Noor Azli Abdul Rahman said the winners were selected based on their per-formance in local and international competitions.
“We took into account the results of last year and this year. The awards should inspire the athletes and teachers to continue being active in sports,’’ added Noor Azli.
Selangor Schools SC Awards
Roll of Honour
Muhammad Rafiq Ismail (bowling)
Iman Iskandar Chan (gymnastics)
Sportsboy: Muhammad Faqih Aminuddin (chess)
Sportsgirl: Tricia Ng Shu Hwei (basketball)
Boys: Foo Dunley (table tennis)
Girls: Au Wei Ran (gymnastics)
Boys: Muhammad Faiz Abdul Hamid (archery)
Girls: Tun Aina Nadiah Tun Ali (athletics)
Men: Zolkifly Abdul Majid (athletics)
Women: Keoh Lay Khuan (gymnastics)
Secondary: SMK Kampong Jawa
Primary: SJK (C) Yuk Chai
1. Klang 189pts
2. Petaling Perdana 164pts
3. Petaling Utama 148pts
*** Sumber dari The Star