YOONG AND

Aaliyah gun­ning for gold again

New Straits Times - - Sport -

RE­PORTS BY FABIAN PETER fabian.mark@nst.com.my

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.

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