Mohamad Azwan, currently ranked third in the national team, won the gold medal in the Asia Pacific Indoor championship in Malaysia and a silver in the Labuan International Lawn Bowls championships.
For the Sportswoman of the Year award, the contenders are swimmer Khoo Cai Lin, lawn bowler Noor Zafirah Mohd Noor, gymnast Farah Ann Abdul Hadi, bowler Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi and synchronised swimmer Lee Yhing Huey. The selection panel, headed by Datuk Mohammed Khusrin Munawi, will have a tough time picking a winner as all five were impressive last year. Zandra, who won the award in 2011, was the champion in the Malaysian Open and Brunswick Euro Challenge championships in France.
Noor Zafirah, currently ranked first in Malaysia, won gold medals in the Asia Pacific championships in Malaysia and Six Nation championships in Adelaide, Australia. She also won a bronze in the Asia Cup.
Swimmer Cai Lin is also a serious contender for the award. She won two gold medals in the SEA Championships in Singapore and three golds in the Singapore Age Group championships. Besides qualifying for the London Olympics, Cai Lin also won five gold medals in the Asean University Games in Vientiane, Laos.
Six young and promising sportsmen — Lim Ching Hwang (swimming), Ahmed Deedat Abdul Razak (tennis), Chau Jern Rong (gymnastics), Shaun Yap Kah Choon (swimming), Chew Yi Wei (diving) and Joseph Lee Joon Kit (shooting) — are in the running for the Most Promising Sportsman award while Farina Shawati Mohd (cycling), Nur Zunaira Zakaria (shooting), Nur Eli Ellina Azmi (gymnastics), Au Wei Ran (rhythmic gymnastics), Caroline Chan Zi Xin (swimming) and Anis Amira Basri (petanque) are vying for the Most Promising Sportswoman award.
The awards ceremony is an annual affair in the Selangor State Sports Council (MSNS) programme to honour sportsmen and sportswomen who bring honour to the state and country.
*Sumber dari The Star