Asean freestyle skating championship a chance for Malaysian skaters to explore potential
By Patricia Hului
Time to dust off your inline skates, Singapore Rollersports Federation and Sarawak Roller Sports Association are on the lookout for skaters to represent Malaysia in the World Freestyle Skating Championship in Bangkok this November.
According to the president for Singapore Rollersports Federation Eddie Chua, they hoped to get six to eight people to represent Malaysia in the competition which will have 35 countries taking part in the event.
He was speaking at the 3rd Asean Freestyle Skating Championship here in Kuching on May 27-28, an event which saw 60 skaters from nine countries converge here in Kuching.
Inline skating in Sarawak
Chua pointed out that skating here in East Malaysia was not as prominent as in other countries like China and Singapore.
“I hope the state government will take part in promoting this sport by inserting it as part as the school curriculum,” Chua said, adding that skating was popular among children in other countries.
“The children found it satisfying because the result is almost instantaneous for them. For example, a person who has never skated before can get the hang of it in just two hours.”
Meanwhile, Sarawak Roller Sports Association president Avin Liu hoped to hold a state championship for Kuching and even a national championship here.
“We hope to do at least one or two small events per year to build up popularity and for more locals to take up the sport.”
Liu also said there were professional instructors at Sentosa Theme Park to train those hoping to learn how to skate.
What’s freestyle slalom skating?
Wikipedia defines freestyle slalom skating as a highly technical field of skating which involves performing tricks around a straight line of equally spaced cones, typically between 50cm to 120cm from each other.
Organised by Sarawak Roller Sports Association, the 3rd Asean Freestyle Skating Championship held for the first time in Kuching at Sentosa Theme Park saw participants from Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Australia, India and the Philippines.
There were four events in the competition namely Classic Slalom, Speed Slalom, Pair Slalom and Freestyle Slide.
Overall, Thailand came out big winning six out of seven golds, three silvers and four bronzes.
Vietnam took home one gold and one bronze in the Freestyle Slide Senior Men.
Meanwhile, India and Singapore brought home two silvers each and Malaysia and Indonesia managed with one bronze each.
In the Speed Slalom Junior Men category, the winners for first to third prize are Namtaptimtong Kan (Thailand), Palkar Siddhant Vikas (India) and MacBryan Leong (Malaysia).
As for Speed Slalom Senior Men category, Sawangsri Kanchanok (Thailand), Ng Ping Siang (Singapore) and Senarat Putthi (Thailand) took home the top three prizes.
First to third prize winners in the Speed Slalom Senior Women were Chinupun Nichakan (Thailand), Mokkharat Lalida (Thailand) and Kongpan Sasikan (Thailand) while in the Classic Slalom Senior Women were Klaisuwan Nitradee (Thailand), Mokkharar Lalida (Thailand) and Chinupun Nichakan (Thailand).
For the Classic Slalom Senior Men, winners were Sawangsri Kanchanok (Thailand), Cheung Clarence (Singapore) and Namtaptimtong Kan (Thailand).
The top three winners in the Pair Slalom Open were Angkrit Sitprasert and Mokkharat Lalida (Thailand), Namptaptimtong Kan and Kongpan Sasikan (Thailand) and Angelicia Nawang Wulan and Dian Rani Puspita (Indonesia).
In the Freestyle Slide Senior Men, the top three were Mai Phuong Quang (Vietnam), Justin Clerk (Singapore) and Nguyen Trung Tin (Vietnam) respectively.
All winners in the competition took home medals and certificates.