Aaliyah gunning for gold again
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WATERSKIING and Wakeboarding is not in the same league in popularity in Malaysia compared to sports like badminton, football and hockey.
But they have contributed medals when it came to the Sea Games.
Speak of the Yoongs, and people would associate the family to the sport of waterskiing, especially Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah who is dubbed the local queen in the event.
“I also had the opportunity to train alongside other top skiers. I definitely gained a lot of experience,” said Aaliyah.
The Malaysian youngster is not too concerned with the threat posed by her regional rivals.
“I know my strength, so it’s best for me to focus on myself. I just want to give my best.”
Apart from Aaliyah, two of her younger brothers — Aiden and Adam, will also be hoping to shine at home.
Two years ago, the national squad, led by coach Yoong Hanifah, bagged seven medals in total, including the two gold won by Aaliyah.
Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah is ranked No 16 on the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation.