UTAR hosts MASISWA sports event for first time

Participants of MASISWA games at the closing ceremony

Participants of MASISWA games at the closing ceremony

UTAR sports contingent achieved feats of excellence in sports by winning a total of 16 medals – five gold, six silver, and five bronze in the Kejohanan Sukan MASISWA Zon Utara 2015. The 16 medal haul placed UTAR in second position in the overall rankings.

Held for the first time at UTAR Kampar Campus from 31 July to 2 August 2015, the three-day competition was joined by 582 athletes from northern states of Peninsular Malaysia.

Organised by UTAR in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Majlis Sukan IPTS Malaysia (MASISWA), the championship saw participation from 11 private higher education institutions. These participating institutions included UTAR, Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP), Quest International University Perak, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Perak, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Penang,Kolej Poly-Tech Mara Ipoh, Kolej Poly-Tech Mara Alor Setar, Kolej Kejururawatan Hospital Fatimah Ipoh,Kolej Profesional Mara Seri Iskandar, Kolej Universiti Insaniah and TAJ College Ipoh.

Officials from all the 11 higher learning institutions posing for a group photograph after receiving souvenirs from organiser

Officials from all the 11 higher learning institutions posing for a group photograph after receiving souvenirs from organiser

The annual event, aimed to encourage student participation in co-curricular activities, consisted of 12 categories, namely, Women’s Netball, Men’s Basketball, Men’s Volleyball, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Futsal, Women’s Futsal, Men’s Chess, Women’s Chess, Men’s Badminton, Women’s Badminton, Men’s Bowling and Women’s Bowling. It also aimed to raise the standard of games and to enhance networking amongst athletes from other institutions of higher learning as well as the exchange of knowledge and expertise in sports.

UTAR was represented by 85 students which also included a handful of international students competing in netball, basketball, volleyball, futsal, chess and badminton.

The five golds were from women’s volleyball, men’s futsal, men’s basketball, and the first men’s double pair event and first mixed double pair event in badminton. The badminton players who contributed the two golds were Banking and Finance students, Kuey Wei Sheng and Ooi Yu Yang in the men’s double pair event and Marketing student Jason Loo Koon Seng and Commerce student Goh Sueki as mixed double pair players. Five trophies were also awarded to these winners who scooped gold medals.

The six silver medals came from the first men’s single, second men’s double pair and second mixed double pair in badminton as well as from men’s volleyball, first men’s single and men’s team in chess. The other five bronze medals came from the three medals won by the badminton team in the second men’s single, first women’s single and second women’s single while the remainder are from the women’s category of futsal and second men’s single in chess.

Invited to grace the closing ceremony was Deputy Vice Chancellor of UTP-cum-MASISWA Vice President Tuan Haji Mohamed Noor Rosli Baharom representing MASISWA President-cum-Vice Chancellor ofUniversiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) Prof Ir Dr Kamal Nasharuddin bin Mustapha, International Trade and Industry Minister II-cum-UTAR Council Member Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Chuan and UTAR Vice President for Student Development and Alumni Relations Assoc Prof Dr Teh Chee Seng.

From left: Dr Teh and Tuan Haji Mohamed Noor Rosli delivering their welcome speeches

From left: Dr Teh and Tuan Haji Mohamed Noor Rosli delivering their welcome speeches

Dr Teh congratulated the organising committee and thanked everyone for their dedication, assistance and cooperation in making the event a success. He added, “In line with one of UTAR’s pillars of education, ‘Physical and Mental Health’, the University recognises sports and recreational activities as an important part of a well-balanced lifestyle and integral to a well-rounded collegiate experience. UTAR encourages its students to not only excel academically but also to participate in extracurricular activities, thus enhancing leadership and management skills as well as to inculcate interest and creativity that complement the goals of the overall curriculum.”

Dr Teh (left) presenting a token of appreciation to Tuan Haji Mohamed Noor Rosli while Dato’ Seri Ong looks on

Dr Teh (left) presenting a token of appreciation to Tuan Haji Mohamed Noor Rosli while Dato’ Seri Ong looks on

Tuan Haji Mohamed Noor Rosli said, “I’m honoured and pleased to be here in UTAR Kampar Campus and I would like to thank the organising committee for the wonderful cooperation. At MASISWA, we always encourage university students to participate in co-curricular activities. Sports activities such as these are a great platform for students to rejuvenate their body and mind.” He also added, “I hope the MASISWA games will inspire more students to participate in sports and help themselves to develop both physical and social skills that can last a lifetime.”

The overall results of Kejohanan Sukan MASISWA Zon Utara 2015 are as follow:
Overall Champion: UTP
First Runner-up: UTAR

1. Bowling
Women’s Single
Gold: Kolej Poly-Tech Mara Ipoh
Silver: UTP
Bronze: Kolej Poly-Tech Mara Alor Setar

Men’s Single
Gold: UTP
Silver: UTP
Bronze: Kolej Profesional Mara Seri Iskandar

Trio
Gold: UTP
Silver: Kolej Poly-Tech Mara Ipoh
Bronze: Kolej Poly-Tech Mara Alor Setar

2. Badminton
Men’s Single
Gold: Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Penang
Silver: UTAR
Bronze: i) Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Perak
ii) Kolej Profesional Mara Seri Iskandar

Women’s Single
Gold: UTP
Silver: Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Perak
Bronze: i) UTAR
ii) UTAR

Men’s Double Pair
Gold: UTAR
Silver: UTAR
Bronze: i) Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Penang
ii) Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Penang

Women’s Double Pair
Gold: Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Penang
Silver: UTP
Bronze: i) Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Penang
ii) UTP

Mixed Double Pair
Gold: UTAR
Silver: UTAR
Bronze: i) Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Penang
ii) Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Penang

3. Volleyball
Men’s
Gold: UTP
Silver: UTAR
Bronze: i) Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Penang
ii) Kolej Profesional Mara Seri Iskandar

Women’s
Gold: UTAR
Silver: UTP
Bronze: i) Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Penang
ii) Kolej Profesional Mara Seri Iskandar

4. Futsal
Men’s
Gold: UTAR
Silver: UTP
Bronze: i) Kolej Poly-Tech Mara Alor Setar
ii) Kolej Universiti Insaniah

Women’s
Gold: Kolej Poly-Tech Mara Ipoh
Silver: Quest International University Perak
Bronze: i) UTP
ii) UTAR

5. Chess
Men’s Team
Gold: UTP
Silver: UTAR
Bronze: Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Penang

Men’s Single
Gold: UTP
Silver: UTAR
Bronze: UTAR

Women’s Team
Gold: Kolej Profesional Mara Seri Iskandar
Silver: UTP
Bronze: Kolej Poly-Tech Mara Alor Setar

Women’s Single:
Gold: Kolej Profesional Mara Seri Iskandar
Silver: Kolej Profesional Mara Seri Iskandar
Bronze: UTP

6. Women’s Netball
Gold: UTP
Silver: Kolej Poly-Tech Mara Ipoh
Bronze: i) Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Penang
ii) Kolej Profesional Mara Seri Iskandar

7. Men’s Basketball
Gold: UTAR
Silver: Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Penang
Bronze: i) Tunku Abdul Rahman University College Perak
ii) UTP

Badminton: Men’s Double Pair

Badminton: Men’s Double Pair

Badminton: Mixed Double Pair

Badminton: Mixed Double Pair

Women’s Volleyball

Women’s Volleyball

Men’s Futsal

Men’s Futsal

Men’s Basketball

Men’s Basketball

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