Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Pesta Renang MBPJ ke-12 2017

We are pleased to note that IBSC has received an invite from Stingray Swimming Club for non-state swimmers to participate in the 12th Pesta Renang MBPJ 2017 as follows :-

9 September, 2017 (Saturday)
Kelana Jaya Swimming Pool
Novice swimmers only
Date of reckoning
1 January, 2017
Entry fees
RM35 per swimmer; RM50 per family relay
IBSC’s deadline
31 July, 2017 (Mon)

Interested novice swimmers from IBSC can obtain the entry form from the office or download from the blog. State swimmers who wish to participate may swim as exhibitionist swimmers only.

Please download entry form, order of events and rules here.

Please return the form together with your entry fees to the office for further action latest by 31 July 2017.

Thank you for your attention.

IBSC Swim Committee

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

The Star : Welson finishes fifth in 200m freestyle in Monte Carlo


PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s top swimmer Welson Sim finished a creditable fifth in the men’s 200m freestyle final in the Mare Nostrum Tour in Monte Carlo.

The 20-year-old Welson touched the wall in 1:49.61 to tie with Stanley Matthew of New Zealand for fifth in a world class field on Sunday.

Britain’s Guy James, the reigning world champion, won the race in 1:47.27 ahead of South African Brown Devon Myles (1:48.31).

Australian Mack Horton, the Rio Olympic champion in the 400m freestyle, took the last spot on the podium in 1:48.56.

Kuala Lumpur SEA Games-bound Welson made the nation proud when he claimed gold in the 400m freestyle on Saturday.

The Rio Olympian overtook Horton in the last 100m to set a new national record of 3:49.48 and claim his first ever win in the Mare Nostrum Tour.

Fellow Olympian Phee Jinq En’s bid for a medal ended when she finished eighth in the women’s 50m breaststroke final with a time of 33.09.

Chan Jie and Tern Jian Han finished fifth (55.21) and (57.02) in the men’s 100m butterfly B final.

Wong Fu Kang clocked 1:05.01 for seventh place in the men’s 100m breaststroke B final while Caroline Chan clocked 1:07.31 to be placed fourth in the women’s 100m backstroke B final.

The Malaysians will now proceed to the other legs in Barcelona, Spain (June 13-14), and Canet, France (June 17-18).


38 IBSC swimmers qualified into SportExcel Junior Swimming Circuit - Grand Final 2017

Congratulations to the swimmers who have made the cut as the top 24 swimmers for each event competed at the recent Leg 1 & 2 of the SportExcel Junior Swimming Circuit 2017, held in Shah Alam and Melaka respectively.

Those who qualify for the final leg will be able to try their best to grab some medals and points at the forthcoming SportExcel Junior Swimming Circuit - Grand Final 2017 to be held at Kompleks Renang Kuala Lumpur on 12 - 13 August, 2017 (Sat & Sun).

IBSC managed to increase its representation from 33 swimmers last year to 38 qualifiers this time in the Grand Final 2017. Well done to all and hope that the swimmers will try their best to cut more PBs in due course.

IBSC qualifiers are (in alphabetical order) :

Group 4 Boys
Group 4 Girls
Don Lim
Ho Jia Ming
Jareick Cheong
Teo Zun Jet
Tobin Sia

Chor Qi En
Liew Xiao Rou
Ng Lee Sze
Nur Ariessa Safiya
Teh Jade Lynn
Group 3 Boys
Group 3 Girls
Daud Agam bin Mirzani
Harry Chong Guang Ming
Medhavinz Seew Ravindran
Ng K-Yang
Ng Yi Xuan
Sean Chin Zi Feng
See Zhi-Hahn
Whisky Chew
Anna Lau Gen Yi
Chelsea Lee Ning
Ng Yen Sze
Ng Zi Syuen
Tee Boon Xi
Teo Sze Hui
Vanessa Wong Suet Yan
Wong Ze Yi

Group 2 Boys
Group 2 Girls
Alif Idlan bin Masron
David Ong Tze Li
Linus Theo Dengah
Pung Ren Qi
Sharizan bin Shazali
Steve Khiew
Yap Min Shun
Zachary Lim Hong Sern
Ashley Ting Xin Rui
Nadirah Syazwin
Tan Jancy
Wong Ru Yi

Those who are in a tie position for 24th place will be required to swim-off before the start of the race on day 1.

As an added incentives to swimmers, entry fees of IB qualifiers will be borne by the Club.

Congratulations again to all and continue to train for the best!

See Top 24 Qualifiers List- Grand Final 2017 and Invite

Chennai swimmers had a splashing swim camp with IBSC

A dozen of Chennai swimmers have joined IBSC for a joint swim training camp recently in KL and they have heaps of experience practicing together with IB swimmers.

The team from Velammal International School was led by Coach R. Vijay arrived in Kuala Lumpur on 15 May 2017 and wasted no time as they immediately joined our swim team in training the very next day. They were Vinayek, Sivasubramanian, Rajaeswara, Udhistran, Sankar and Kishore.

The training was somewhat different accordingly to our guest swimmers who were on summer holidays mode and was tough in the initial first week as they accustomed themselves to more endurance training heightened further with the impact of gym and land exercises.

In the course of the one month camp, they also have the opportunities not only to make new friends at the pool but also visited some interesting attractions K.L has to offer.

IBSC would be pleased to host them again in the near future when they return during the holidays.

The Chennai swimmers (front row) had a splashing training time at the pool with IB swimmers
At the end of the session, the swimmers were awarded certificate of completion for the joint training camp by head coach, Mr Shazali Salleh (extreme left)
A group photo for the album

Sunday, 11 June 2017

The NST : M'sia's Welson Sim beats Olympic champion to win gold in Monaco

By AJITPAL SINGH - June 11, 2017 @ 10:58am

KUALA LUMPUR: Swimmer Welson Sim rewrote his national record in the men's 400m freestyle event for Malaysia's second-ever title in the Mare Nostrum tour in Monaco on Sunday.

The 20-year-old did it in style by edging reigning Olympic champion Mack Horton of Australia for the gold medal.

Welson erased his previous record of 3:50.33 set in March last year by clocking 3:49.48 for the gold medal.

Horton posted 3:50.13 for the silver while China's Qiu Ziao took third on 3:51.18.

Phee Jinq En won Malaysia's first ever gold in the tour achieved in the women's 50m breaststroke also in Monaco last year.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

6th Selangor ARENA Short Course Sprint Invitational Swimming Championship 2017

We are pleased to inform that IBSC has been extended the annual invitation again to the 6th Selangor ARENA Short Course Sprint Invitational Swimming Championship 2017, as a Guest Club.

The gist of the meet is as below :

Persatuan Renang Amatur Selangor (PRAS)
50m & 100m – all 4 strokes & IM
200m - freestyle & IM
4x25m free & medley relays
4x50m mixed free & medley relays
28th – 30th July, 2017 (Fri-Sun)

Pusat Akuatik Darul Ehsan
25m competition pool
Start Time
8:00 am.
Registration Fee
RM35 per swimmer
Rules and By-Laws of  FINA
Entry Fee
RM6 per event
Age as of
1 January, 2017
Closing Date
15 June, 2017 (IBSC)
Age Group
Open, Group 1, 2, 3 & 4 
Team Manager
To be advised
IBSC’s Entry
60 selected swimmers only

Please download Invite and Meet Information here.

Due to the limited number of participants (60) imposed on Guest Clubs, eligible IBSC swimmers will be selected by the Swim Committee to represent the Club in the above invitational meet.

As we experienced very low response to the short course competition last year, this year the above meet will be open to all swimmers who may be interested to participate and final selection shall be based on top times of entries submitted with due consideration given to forming a relay team in each age group. If you're interested to bid for a lane, please submit the IBSC Entry Form to IBSC office for selection latest by 15 June, 2017 (Thurs), before 7:00 pm. Entries received late will NOT be considered.

Team Briefing will be advised later.

See Order of Events below.

Download :
Meet Information
IBSC Entry Form (submit before 15 June 2017)

Thanks for your cooperation.

Best Regards,
IBSC Swim Committee

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Steve Khiew broke 2 backstroke records in SportExcel Leg 2 in Melaka

The Second Leg of SportExcel Milo Junior Swimming Circuit 2017 adjourned at Pusat Akuatik Hang Jebat, Melaka from 20th to 21st May 2017.

Team IBSC lead by Coach Shazali & Coach Kamal, Mr Teo JY as Team Manager

IBSC sent a team of 98 swimmers only to Melaka as many have opted out of an out-station meet in the midst of exam season.

Our top swimmer, Steve Khiew (Group 2 boy) lifted up the atmosphere in the swimming centre on the first day of the race when he clinched gold in 50m backstroke with new meet record of 28.28 to break Lim Yin Chuen's 2015 record of 28.68. Steve continued to prove his strength in his favourite event when he swam to another gold in 100m backstroke, yet with another new splashing record of 1:00.67 to re-write Ian James Barr's 2009 record of 1:01.47.

He has contributed another gold in 100m freestyle on the first day with a new PB of 55.08. IBSC is proud of Steve's excellent performance.

Steve Khiew, was in high spirit after breaking both the 50m & 100m backstroke records

Another gold medal contributor was our Group 3 girl, Ng Zi Syuen, who bagged gold in 50m breaststroke and 100m backstroke and a silver in 50m freestyle. Zi Syuen topped the table in all the 3 events she signed up but could have gathered more medals for the club had she participated on day 1 as well. 

Meanwhile, the highest points contributor was Ashley Ting, also good in backstroke, who amassed 161 points with her collection of 3 silver. An awesome achievement brought about with constant training.

Steve was contended with 157 points as he suffered an unexpected DQ in 100m butterfly. Group 3 boy, Teo Zun Jet with 2 silver in his breaststroke events accumulated 131.5 points to be 3rd highest on the points collection table.

IBSC ended the competition with 5 gold, 8 silver and 5 bronze to accumulate total points of 1382.5 to rank second behind Pade Supershark which collected 1682.5 points.

Nevertheless, more importantly this competition has revealed some potential swimmers who improved tremendously in their individual PBs. We hope the finalists can continue their momentum and lift up the overall champion's trophy in Grand Final in August 2017 in Kuala Lumpur.

Special thanks to our Team Manager, Mr. Teo, Coaches, En Shazali and En. Kamarudin, Chaperones, Ms. Christina and Ms Lily's  whole-hearted commitment throughout the 2 days event are mostly appreciated too. The cooperation and great support from the parents also play a major role to make the outing a successful one.

We congratulate all IBSC winners and point earners above! Well done!

Full results can be downloaded here.

By CK Wong
Asst. Team Manager

* photos by team managers and parents

see more photos here


7th Asian Open Water Swimming Championships 2017 - a whole new experience for Jun Bin

Wong Jun Bin, an IBSC member was put on a gruesome testing water condition, but his time it was not in the clear cooling swimming pool.

Jun Bin was selected to participate in the 10km swim event in the 7th Asian Open Water Swimming Championships 2017, which took place last weekend on 19-21 May 2017 at Putrajaya Lake. Alongside with him were other national swimmers, Welson Sim, Vernon Lee, Kevin Yeap and Angela Chieng, who tested themselves for potential selection to SEA Games Kuala Lumpur 2017, which is to be held at the same venue.

Jun Bin, (far left), with team MAS and fellow trainees, Welson Sim, Vernon Lee and Kevin Yeap

The AASF (Asian Amateur Swimming Federation) open water event  was organised by ASUM (Amateur Swimming Union of Malaysia) for the first time in Malaysia and has attracted 57 participants from 11 countries.

Albeit a first timer in open water, Jun Bin swam an impressive time of 2:14.41.8 in the 10km swim and was the 7th swimmer to emerge from the lake even though his timing was considered out of ranking as the medal contenders and ranked swimmers were confined to 2 participants per country as per the rules.

His compatriots ahead of him were Kevin Yeap who won bronze with a time of 2:10.57.5,  followed by Welson Sim who did 2:11.27.7 in 4th position overall. The 10km event was won by Kazakhstan swimmer, Vitalay with his golden time of 2:05.26.6 and the silver went to Taipei swimmer, Cho Cheng Chi (2:09.07.9).

Due to our local weather condition, the open water in Putrajaya Lake is not an easy route to swim as temperature in the lake can soar to above 30 degree Celsius, with the unforgiving hot sun. Some experienced swimmers from other countries could not withstand the exhausting condition and needed to be "fished" out by officials.

Jun Bin happy posing here with Kevin 

Jun Bin was happy with his results and shared with IBSC his feelings.

"I didn't have any previous experience in such a long-distance race, so my aim was just to complete the swim. Being placed top 8 is really a bonus to me.
This open water race is totally different from what I usually do in a swimming pool.  Other than focusing on technique and working hard, you have to be aware of the direction you are swimming and also be wary of the competitors around you.
I struggled a little with some loss sense of direction initially because the water wasn't as clear as the pool water and I ended swimming side to side. But I think with more practice, I hope to get better in future."

IBSC is proud to share Jun Bin's achievement.

Meanwhile for the women's category,  Heidi Gan, MAS national distance swimmer who is based in Perth, won the women 10km swim with a time of 2:17.00.7. Heidi also won bronze on Friday's 5km event competed on 19 May 2017.

The second and third placings went to Kazakhstan and Thailand respectively.

We congratulate all winners.

   * photos courtesy of Ms Elaine Choo

Swimmers getting ready  to plunge in

Jun Bin can still manage a thumb up after his swim

Jun Bin being handed a bottle of water to quench his thirst

The MAS team resting under MILO tent and being advised by national coach Mr Paul Birmingham

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