Aaron Chia, Sydney Chin Crowned Melaka Sportsman, Sportwoman For 2021/2022

19/11/2023 07:04 PM

MELAKA, Nov 19 (Bernama) -- National men’s doubles player Aaron Chia Teng Fong and women’s wushu exponent Sydney Chin Sy Xuan were crowned Melaka Sportsman and Sportswoman for 2021/2022 respectively at the 38th Melaka state sports award ceremony here today.

Aaron Chia, 25, edged three other national athletes, Tan Zhi Yan,22, (wushu), Jonathan Wong Guanjie, 30, (shooting) and Juwaidi Mazuki, 32, (archery) as well as muay thai exponent Wan Muhammad Sabri Wan Mohd Zuki, 20 with his achievements at the international level, including a bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a gold medal at the 2022 Japan World Championship, as well as a gold and a bronze medal at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, the United Kingdom.

Sydney, 24, who won the bronze in the taijiquan event at the 2021 Hanoi South East Asian (SEA) Games beat fellow teammate Tammy Tan Hui Ling, 22, and shuttler Toh Ee Wei, 23.

The awards, which include a challenge trophy, RM3,000 in cash, an accompanying trophy and certificate, were presented by Melaka Yang Dipertua Negeri, Tun Mohd Ali Rustam to their respective representatives at a ceremony that was also attended by Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh and state Youth, Sports and Non-governmental Organisation (NGO) Committee chairman VP Shanmugam.

Aaron Chia also received a total of RM23,000 in cash incentives after winning two bronze medals, at the Copenhagen World Badminton Championship and the 2023 Asian Games while wushu exponent Tan Cheong Min, who won a silver medal, and archery bronze medallist Juwaidi received RM25,000 and RM15,000 each.

Junior cyclist Muhammad Hafiq Mohd Jafri,18, and weightlifter Nurul Syasya Khairina Syamsur,14, were declared junior sportsman and sportswoman of 2021/2022.

Meanwhile, Ab Rauf said in his speech during the ceremony that the state sports awards were aimed to acknowledge and motivate athletes who have given their all to achieve sports success and bring glory to Melaka.

"This also proves that the state government always appreciates their successes and will encourage them to meet new challenges in the future,” he said.