The school’s trainer Sam Thong said it would be great for Anakin to earn a place for his debut appearance at the national schools (MSSM) meet scheduled at the National Sports Council (NSC) in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur from June 4 to 8.
“We are expecting him to deliver a podium finish as the top three finishers in the overall standings at the state schools meet. He could spring a surprise in his favourite parallel bars event. He has a bright chance to earn a place in the Selangor team for the MSSM,” he added.
Currently, Anakin is devoting two hours in each training session for four times a week.
“He is a promising talent but he needs to increase his training frequency to step up to the next level. Chalking up a total of eight hours a week is not enough. A more consistent training routine of 12 hours a week will be ideal for his level.”
The trio of Hassan Boucher, Kay Hong Keat and Timothy Cham from Sri Kuala Lumpur are also fighting for their places in the Petaling Perdana boys’ Under-12 team.
At the MSSS, the four individual disciplines are floor exercise, parallel bars, pommel horse and vault for the boys.
The girls will compete in the floor exercise, balance beam, uneven bars and vaults.
Petaling Perdana are also banking on their strength in the boys’ and girls’ Under-10 to maintain their supremacy in the primary schools section at the MSSS.
Five young gymnasts Aamathmethaa, Cody Chin, Ajairaj Singh, Joshwa Yeong and Faris Cross are also fighting to make the cut in the boys’ Under-10 team.
In naming their girls’ Under-10 side, they will have the luxury to select from a big pool of gymnasts.
Among the candidates for the girls’ Under-10 side are Wee Rou Min, Wendy Loo, Koay Mee Kee, Tan Qing Ying, Ng Jia Xin, Ong Su Lynn and Crystal Tan.
They will be selecting four gymnasts in the line-up for the Under-10 age-group and they can field a maximum of five competitors in a team for other categories.
Meanwhile, the Sri Kuala Lumpur Form One students comprising Tan Jiajun, Joseph Loo, Kishen Singh Gill, Kieren Singh Gill and Oon Kie Ren are finding new challenges to adapt to new routines for the boys’ Under-15 category.
Sam said the five Form One trainees will be including the exercises from the International Gymnastics Federation’s (FIG) recognised elements in the code of points for their respective routines.
“They will need to pick seven elements to compose each of their respective routines. They have been perfecting their freshly introduced moves since the beginning of the year. It will be interesting the evaluate their actual performances and gauge their progress at the MSSS,” he added.
Other likely contenders from the Sri Kuala Lumpur training camp are Zoe Tan Jiayi, Alisandra Ali and Dena Ryzali (girls’ Under-12); Colin Lim (boys’ Under-15); Shalini Ai-Lin Prem, Serena Merican and Ryane Lu (girls’ Under-15); and Chong Shin Yee and Rachel Lu (girls’ Under-18).
And the hopefuls will have to impress the selectors in securing their places for the MSSS at the trials scheduled at the end of April.
*Sumber dari The Star