AALIYAH BAGS ASIAN UNDER-17
WATERSKIING TITLE IN PERTH
It was a day of mixed fortunes for young Malaysian water skiing talent
Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah.
The teenager bagged her fourth straight Asian Under-17 title but
missed out on defending her Asian Open category tricks event crown in
Perth on Thursday.
The 11-year-old Aaliyah, who led the way in the first round of the
Open category tricks event, fell 40 points short in her title defence
as she could only manage 4,190 points in windy conditions to settle
for the silver.
The final was brought forward from Saturday to Thursday in order to
replace the slalom events as the weather was deemed unfavourable for
slalom. This saw China’s Jiang Hui taking the title with 4,230 points
while New Zealand’s Rachel Donaldson finished third with 3,580 points.
Because it is a joint championship between the Asian and Oceanian
federations, 13-year-old Malaysian skier Arianna Chow, who finished
fourth in the Open category, also picked up a bronze courtesy of being
the top three Asian competitors.
Aaliyah made amends for the silver by winning the Under-17 category of
the tricks event, leading Malaysia to a one-two finish en route to her
fourth straight Asian Under-17 title.
Aaliyah took the gold with a 5,850 total while Arianna was second on
Aaliyah’s younger brother – eight-year-old Aiden – also finished
strongly in the Under-17 tricks event, with 2,250 points to take home
a silver behind Indonesia’s Suprihono Dimas Ridho (3,170).
MALAYSIA’S WATERSKI TEAM READY FOR THE 2014 ASIAN
Malaysian waterski team is about to wrap up it’s week long centralised
training at Putrajaya in preparation for the 2014 IWWF Asian Oceanian
biennal Asian Australasian championships will be held in Perth,
Australia from 7th to the 12th October 2014 with
the team departing on the 6th October.
international coaches were employed by the Malaysian Waterski &
Wakeboard Federation to oversee the final preparations. Marian
Malaquin from France is training the skiers in slalom, tricks & jump
while Luke Thomas from Britain looked after the wakeboarders.
They are both happy with
the performances of the athletes who had concentrated in getting their
runs and jumps more consistent in the past week.
Spearheading the team will be Malaysia’s
11-year old SEA Games champion, Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah, who will defend
her current Asian Open Women tricks title which she won at Asian
Championship in 2013 when it was held in Jakarta.
Other members of the 8-member strong team
are Arianna Chow 13 (tricks, slalom & jump), Syahir Nasir 16 (slalom,
jump & tricks), Jeff Oh 14 (wakeboard), Ariana Eimer 10 (wakeboard),
Cheah Hsu Ann 26 (wakeboard) and Aaliyah’s two younger brothers Aiden
9 and Adam 7 who are both entered for the tricks event.
Team Manager, Hanifah Yoong, said, “This
team is an incredibly young team with the average age of only 13. This
is because we are focussing on the younger athletes to build
continuity for the future to follow Aaliyah’s route towards the top of
the world in waterski & wakeboard,”
“This is the first major regional
championship which the team does not comprise Malaysia’s veteran
skiing stars of Phillipa Yoong who had retired last year and her
brother Alex Yoong who is very busy with work commitments.” Hanifah
“For the Asian Oceanian championships, we
are looking towards Aaliyah Yoong, Arianna Chow & Syahir Nasir to
bring back the medals while the others are participating to gain
experience as part of our development plan.”
Following the Asian Oceanian
championships the team will resume training to participate in the next
tournament which is the 4th Asian Beach Games in November
to be held in Phuket, Thailand.
The Malaysia team’s trip is supported in
part by the National Sports Council of Malaysia, Perbadanan Putrajaya
and Waterski & Wakeboard World Cup Sdn Bhd, while contributions from
the athletes or their families made up the balance of funding.
9th SEP 14
AALIYAH WINS ASIAN CUP WATERSKIING TITLE - MAKASSAR, INDONESIA
Women Trick Finalists
Youngster Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah added
another feather to her growing list of achievements by winning the
women’s tricks event at the IWWF Asian Cup water-skiing championships
in Makassar, Indonesia.
The 11-year-old, the reigning Asian
champion and youngest-ever Malaysian SEA Games gold medallist,
qualified for the final in first place with a score of 4,330 points on
who also won the Malindo Championships in Indonesia in April, then
equalled the same score to take the gold. Japan’s Saaya Hirosawa
finished second with a 3,520 total.
Up-and-coming youngster Arianna Chow
clinched the bronze for Malaysia. The 13-year-old Arianna, who only
started training with the Malaysian Waterski and Wakeboard Federation
(MWWF) two years ago, scored 3,410 points.
however, was unable to finish on the podium in the women’s slalom. She
was placed eighth.
the world No. 8 in the Under-17 category, will now prepare for the
Asian Oceanian Championships in Perth, Australia, from Oct 5-12.
Besides Aaliyah and Arianna, Malaysia
will also send 16-year-old Syahir Nasir, eight-year-old Aiden Yoong
Hanifah and six-year-old Adam Yoong Hanifah to compete in the
water-skiing events. Two others – Cheah Hsu Ann and Arianna Eimer –
will compete in the women’s wakeboard event.
Final results: Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah - 2nd in U17 Girls Tricks with
5880pts achieved in Round 2, Arianna Chow - 3rd in U14 Girls Tricks
with 3510pts achieved in Round 4 and Aiden Yoong Hanifah - 4th in U14
Boys Tricks with 2610pts achieved in Round 1.
three Malaysian skiers have now improved their World and Asian
rankings further. Well done!
30th APR 14
MALAYSIA EMERGE TOPS
Malaysia emerge tops with 5 gold medals followed by Indonesia with 4
and Thailand 3 at the Putrajaya Nautique Ski & Wake Championship on
Organised by the Malaysian Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (MWWF), 10
year old Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah won the Open Women's Tricks.
brother Aiden, 8, won 2 gold medals - boys U-12 tricks and novice
men's wakeboard, while Mia Kondrollochis, also 8, won the girls U-12
mini slalom and tricks in the age-group competition.
Gold for Indonesia came through Indra Hardinata in Open Men's Slalom,
Galuh Mutiara Mauldina in Open Women's Wakeboard and Jump while
veteran Maliki Zulkarnain won a gold in the Open Men's Tricks.
Thailand picked up their gold medals through Padiwat Jaemjan (Open
Men's Wakeboard), Pattanan Pamonpol (Intermediate Women's Wakeboard)
and Thierry Grappe (boys U-12 mini slalom)
Singapore bagged their sole gold medal through Kalya Kee in Open
Britain's Owen Huish, who attends school in Malaysia, won 2 gold
medals in Intermediate Men's Wakeboard and Novice Slalom, while Japan
picked up a gold medal in the Open Men's Jump courtesy of Masaaki
Austria and New Zealand claimed the other 2 gold medals in the
18-event tournament through Peter Glaeser (senior men's slalom) and
Karen De Lacy (novice women's slalom) respectively.
Putrajaya Corporation president Tan Sri Aseh Che Mat officiated the
prize presentation ceremony along with the president of the Malaysian
Waterski & Wakeboard Federation, Datuk Lee Teck Yuen.
28th APR 14
2014 PUTRAJAYA NAUTIQUE
SKI & WAKE CHAMPIONSHIPS : : RESULTS
Tricks & Slalom
Tricks & Jump
12th APR 14 (updated)
2014 PUTRAJAYA NAUTIQUE
SKI & WAKE CHAMPIONSHIPS : : 25-27 APRIL @
WATER SPORTS COMPLEX, PRECINCT 6, PUTRAJAYA
More than 70 skiers and wakeboarders from more than 9 countries in our
region and elsewhere in the world are expected to participate in this
prestigious 2014 Putrajaya Nautique Ski & Wake Championships which are open to
total prize money purse of RM10,000 will be up for grabs in this IWWF
homologated "Ranking List" event.
Please request for entry forms and hotel booking forms at special
rates at the Pullman Putrajaya by emailing MWWF's Hanifah Yoong at
email@example.com by stating full name, country and handphone
This event is held in conjunction with the 2014 IWWF Coaching &
Judging Development Seminar to be held from 24-27 April 2014 in the
Pullman Putrajaya Hotel.
Indonesia has a most enviable junior development
programme as the IWWA had more than 60 junior athletes in U17 and U14
from 8 regional waterski training centres to select their quota of 8
athletes to represent Indonesia.
We congratulate Indonesia for the fine performance to win the 1st
Malindo Cup by snatching 8 Golds out of possible 11 with Malaysia
winning Golds in U17 Girls Slalom and U17 Girls Tricks via Aaliyah and
U17 Boys Slalom via Syahir. The final results also showed that had
Arianna Chow 13 been able to make the trip, she would have a high
probability of winning the U13 Girls Tricks and U14 Girls Jump.
One statistic remain in Malaysia's favor as our 6 athletes selected to
represent us has an average age of 10 while Indonesia's 8 athletes has
an average of 15. In the years to come we are all going to witness a
great annual competition for supremacy between our two neighboring
Malaysia has for the first time sent these very young athletes to
compete in all the 3 events of slalom, tricks & jump and we look
forward to the younger ones who only attended the Malindo Cup doing a
single event growing stronger to do 3 events very soon.
Well done all Malaysian team members! A big thank you to the IWWA and
a fantastic event and valuable experience for our young athletes. Let
us all look forward to 2015 when it is Malaysia's turn to host the 2nd
7th MAR 14
AALIYAH WINS SILVER IN U-17 GIRLS MOOMBA MASTERS
Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah, 10, wins silver in the finals of the U-17 Girls
Tricks event in the prestigious Moomba Masters held on the Yarra River
Melbourne yesterday, 6th March 2014.
She thus became the youngest ever skier to get a podium spot in 53
years of the history of this event which is attended by more than
She also achieved a new personal best score of 5920 points to better
her Asian open women win set in last September’s Asian Championship
held in Jakarta.
The winner of the U-17 is current world junior champion and current
open women world champion Erika Lang from USA who is in her final year
of the junior category of this event.
“I am really surprised I got second and broke my personal best score
here as I was only aiming for a top 5 finish and many others older and
more experienced than I had been participating in this event for a few
years more than I,” said Aaliyah.
“The water conditions on the Yarra River is the most challenging
compared to many other ski sites since we have to deal with flowing
currents and mixed sea-water and fresh-water condition with wind added
to that.” added Aaliyah.
Aaliyah will have a rest day today and will compete in the main
category of Open Women Tricks on Saturday against the world’s top
women skiers including 3 world champions and 2 world record holders.
She is seeded 8th out of 13 skiers invited to the Moomba Masters Open
Women Tricks event. This means she is considered 8th best out of these
13 cream of world trick skiers from 8 countries.
She will need to ski as good as she did yesterday to get a chance to
progress into the finals which will be held on Monday bank holiday of
10 March 2014 said her father Hanifah Yoong who coaches her and is in
Melbourne with Aaliyah.
NAUTIQUE SKI & WAKE
CHAMPIONSHIPS, 25-27 APRIL 2014
Make this date (27 Apr 2014) free and come to Presint 6 @Putrajaya to
compete or watch the best regional skiers better each other ahead of
the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore!
Watch this space for more details, entry forms and bulletins...
18th FEB 14
FIRST EVER BACKFLIP (BFLP) ON NEW 2014 SKI NAUTIQUE 200
7th FEB 14
PRESTIGIOUS INVITE TO FAMOUS MOOMBA MASTERS IN AUSTRALIA
Malaysian Waterski & Wakeboard Federation
(MWWF) announced this morning that their top women water-skier,
Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah, had received an invitation to one of the most
famous professional waterski tournament, the 2014 Moomba Masters to be
held in the city centre of Melbourne in Australia on the 5th
to 10th of March.
who can hardly be called a woman, will only turn 11 on the 16th
of July this year, thus became the youngest competitor ever to be
invited to a top notch pro waterski tournament.
Last year she became the
youngest water-skier to be invited for the Junior Moomba for the
world’s top under-17 water-skiers. The Junior Moomba is run in the 2
days before the start of each year’s main Moomba Masters. She
qualified for the finals and finished 7th in her debut in
the U17 Junior Moomba last year.
The invitation came as a surprise to Aaliyah who exclaimed, “I never
expected to be invited for the Moomba Masters this soon although I was
looking forward to participating with the cream of the world in a few
“Wow, this is totally way out for me and I hope I can maintain my
composure competing with multiple world champions like Clementine
Lucine and Erika Lang and the lot!” she added.
The current Malaysian, S.E.Asian and Asian champion is not new to big
events as she had been on the international circuit since 2010 when
she as a tiny tot at 7 competed in her first international, the 2010
Asian Championship in Jakarta.
She is also currently ranked 54th in the world amongst open
women and 15th in the world for under 17 girls.
MWWF’s technical advisor and executive secretary Hanifah Yoong who is
also one of Aaliyah’s coaches together with her half-sister Phillipa
Yoong does not expected her to finish on the podium in her debut in
the Moomba Masters but hopes that she will put up a credible
performance, saying, “Her time to win will come later but for now the
good news is that she can gain much experience from this very high
profile world event which is watched by more than a 100,000 spectators
lined up on the banks of the Yarra river in the centre of Melbourne in
the Moomba Festival.”
“The MWWF is grateful for the continual support from the Malaysian
National Sports Council, Putrajaya Corporation, Nautiques Boats of
USA, RipCurl, Nexus International School and other sponsors which
enabled the continual development of Aaliyah, the other 9 very young
athletes in the squad and the sport in Malaysia.” Hanifah added.
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