FALL IN WOMEN
TRICKS AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS MEANS 24th FOR AALIYAH IN WOMEN TRICKS
MEXICO: Malaysian water skier Aaliyah
Yoong Hanifah fell short of her target with an early fall on her hand
pass but recovered with an excellent run in her toe pass to finish
24th in her third Waterski World Championships with 3,880 points.
The 12-year-old, Aaliyah although
improving her past 2 Worlds positions of 36th (held in 2011 in Russia)
and 27th (held in 2013 in Chile) thus fell short of her target to
finish 20th at her third Worlds.
“She had prepared for this Worlds with a
6430 points run which she practiced satisfactory on Monday at this
Boca Laguna ski site in Chapala, Mexico, but 3 days of not tricking
before the women tricks preliminary round could not have helped her as
she is still very young and she needs more experience to be as good as
the pro skiers..” said Hanifah Yoong.
“Unlike past years’ results where she
found it easier to stand up in her trick runs in most of her
competitions, 2015 had not been a great year for Aaliyah in tricks
except for the 2015 SEA Games gold medal win in Singapore earlier this
year in June,”
“She had gained good progress in slalom
and jump so had gone up in rankings in Asia for the overall discipline
but for tricks (with a current PB of 6290 points), she had a little
problem in getting near to the 7000 points level which was the target
for her for end 2015,”
“I attribute this to her sudden growth
spurt past 6 months and the transition that she is making in using
larger trick skis plus the fact that she now needs to reconcile with
greater power to drive her heavier and bigger frame.”
“This is her final event for this season
and her next event is not until March 2016 so we have time to work
with her on her basics in tricks during this break.” concluded Hanifah.
response after her run in the women tricks event, "Not a good run for
me at the 2015 Worlds. Falling early in my hand pass is not what I had
set out to do after traveling half the globe to be here in Mexico. I
have work to do in the coming break from skiing in competitions."
Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah Wraps Up Final Day
With Her First Double Medal Outing In Asian Championship
The 12 year old Malaysian protégé Aaliyah
won her second silver medal in the open women overall discipline after
the conclusion of the finals in women slalom and women jump events
This was totally unexpected as she is
only currently ranked 5th in Asia behind two Japanese skiers, Saaya
Hirosawa and Harue Hutch Kamiya and two Korean skiers, Jang Da Hyeong
and Kim Su Mi in the Asian women overall ranking list.
"I am very happy with my performances
here in the Asian Championship," said Aaliyah.
"The upsides of the unexpected overall
silver, my new PB in slalom and entering the finals for all 3 events
more than made up for my disappointment in losing the tricks gold."
"I like to thank my brother Alex Yoong
and my sister Phillipa Yoong for helping me out in the slalom and jump
events, dad too in tricks. Really appreciate all the support from my
mum, team mates and team officials as well as MSN and my other
sponsors too." added Aaliyah.
Norzeela Sulaiman, Malaysian team manager
summed up Malaysia's final tally of 2 golds, 2 silvers and 1 bronze as
highly satisfactory surpassing her pre-event forecast of just 2 golds,
saying, "The entire team gave their all and our Malaysian Waterski &
Wakeboard Federation (MWWF) cannot ask for more."
Malaysian team's participation is sponsored by National Sports Council
of Malaysia, Nautique Boats USA, Reflex Skis, MWWF and Waterski &
Wakeboard World Cup Sdn. Bhd.
11th OCT 15
CUP NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS WATERSKI & WAKEBOARD RESULTS
PUTRAJAYA: It was easy stuff for Malaysian waterski prodigy Aaliyah
Yoong Hanifah as she retained her open women’s tricks title at the
Putrajaya Cup waterski and wakeboard championships.
The 12-year-old had suffered from back spasm and withdrew from the
jump event. But that was not enough to put off the plucky Aaliyah, who
scored 5,150 points to take gold at the Putrajaya Watersport Complex
It was a superb yet coolly done achievement for Aaliyah who adds this
gold to the two golds she won at the SEA Games in Singapore in June.
Indonesia’s Nur Alimah Priambodo, who took silver in Singapore, again
settled for silver as she was unable to top Aaliyah’s score, finishing
with just 3,180 points. A second Indonesian - Heriyanti, took the
bronze with 2,260 points.
There were more medals for Aaliyah as she also took a silver in
slalom, finishing second behind Ummuh Thoyibhatus Sholikah of
The same Indonesian girl had also won the silver at the SEA Games and
she managed to clear one buoy on a 13m rope. In contrast Aaliyah
managed to round two buoys but settled for silver as she went on a
longer 16m rope.
“I think it was a good outing for me today as I’m still working on my
main objectives ... which is to improve on my rankings when I compete
in the World Championships in Mexico next month,” said Aaliyah.
“I’m learning new tricks with a few more flips during training and
today’s score was just nice. In training I’m averaging 6,500 points
and I’m still working on keeping that consistent during competitions,”
In the men’s events, 17-year-old Syahir Nasir continued to show
improvement by taking silver in slalom behind Indonesia’s Agung
Sulaksono. He was the only Malaysian male competitor to finish with a
medal in the open events as Indonesia dominated the field.
In the novice category, youngest competitor, seven-year-old Adam Yoong
Hanifah earned a silver in slalom, finishing behind Norkhairin Khairi
who hails from Pangkor Island and had only started slaloming just
under one month ago.
Mon, 31st AUG 15
PRESENTATION FOR 2015 SEA GAMES WATERSKI TEAM
Cheque Presentation for Waterski 2015 SEA Games medals winning team by
YB Minister of Youth & Sports accompanied by DG MSN and KSU KBS.
14th JUN 15
WATERSKI AT 28th SEA GAMES
Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah's gold medal today in women overall adds to her
gold in women tricks and a silver in jump. She thus sets another
record to be the youngest double gold medal winner in the 50 years
history of the SEAP/SEA Games at age 11.
Aaliyah also has the distinction to be the youngest SEA Games record
holder with 6110 points in women tricks which she recorded today.
Alex Yoong won 1 silver in men overall today to add on to the 2
bronzes he won in men jump and men slalom. He maintains a clean record
of winning medals in all 3 SEA Games he took part in 1997, 2011 and
Aiden Yoong Hanifah, age 9 became the youngest medal winner in the
28th SEA Games when he won bronze in men tricks 2 days ago.
Total waterski medals (7):
golds (Aaliyah women overall and women jump).
silvers (Aaliyah women jump, Alex men overall).
bronzes (Aiden Yoong Hanifah men tricks, Alex men slalom, Alex men
Well done all athletes, officials and coaches! It was a great SEA
Games for us, made possible by the best teamwork ever had experienced
Thank you all team members, ISN, MSN, OCM, CDM and all their team
We had a little
tournament for our future Malaysian skiers today where they all had
the excitement of competing with our SEA Games athletes who in turn
used this tournament as a tune-up to prime themselves ready for the
2015 SEA Games in Singapore.
Our SEA Games Waterski Team will be
leaving on Tuesday 09 June from Marina Putrajaya at 8am.
2015 SEA GAMES
WATERSKI & WAKEBOARD TEAM MALAYSIA PHOTOSHOOT
for Hi-res photos:
Malaysia Waterski & Wakeboard
Waterski - Aaliyah
Waterski - Syahir
Cheah Hsu Ann
Team - Norzeela
Coach - Larry
Manager - Hanifah Yoong
Team - Roland Tan
Coach - Al
preparing for jump
30th MAR 15
Sun, 22nd MAR 15
RECORD EN-ROUTE TO ANOTHER WATERSKIING TITLE
Malaysian waterskiing prodigy Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah added another
feather to her cap by winning the women’s Open tricks event at the
And the 11-year-old did it in style as she also broke the 20-year-old
Asian record in the process. The pint-sized Aaliyah racked up 6,290
points in Bandung on Sunday to shatter the Asian record of 6,280
points set by China’s E Min in 1995.
Japan’s Saaya Hirosawa could only manage 3,610 points to take the
silver. Homester Priambodo Nur Alimah amassed a 3,460 total for the
Aaliyah’s previous best score was 6,130 points, but she surpassed it
twice in the championships. Earlier in the preliminary round on
Saturday, she accumulated 6,150 points. She then added another 140
more points to her tally in Sunday’s final for her career-best score.
It was Aaliyah’s second appearance on the podium this season, having
won the silver in the Under-17 category at the Moomba Masters in
Melbourne earlier this month.
“It’s an amazing feeling to finally break the Asian record. I did the
tricks a lot faster in the final, but I didn’t like the way I
performed,” said Aaliyah, the Asian Under-17 champion.
“I was actually much neater doing my tricks on Saturday, but I was
There was, however, agony for Arianna Chow, the other Malaysian
representative. The 13-year-old finished second in the preliminary
round to reach the final. But Arianna injured herself during the jump
event and was forced to pull out in the tricks routine.
7th MAR 15
BITTER SWEET MOOMBA
the Open Women tricks competition after finishing 10th of 11 skiers
when she suffered another fall on the same trick as suffered in the
U17 Girls Tricks rd 2 two days ago.
She was bitterly disappointed today as she was looking forward to do
better than that.
"We have some work to do for her hand run when we return as she needs
to stand up till the end of the run so that she can score high with
the two flip tricks she has," said Hanifah Yoong.
"She has to now be tricking faster than ever before so she needs to
get back to stronger basics to avoid such falls. We have a week to
work on that before the next event, the Indonesian Open to be held on
20-22 Mar." added Hanifah.
Credit is due to Aaliyah though for putting up best score of 6060
points for U17 girls as she squeaked in a big smile when she mounted
the podium ceremony to receive her second runner up trophy for U17
girls tricks today.
28th FEB 15
ANOTHER GOOD OUTING IN MOOMBA MASTERS IN MELBOURNE
Malaysian water skier Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah is looking
forward to another good outing at the Moomba Masters – her first event
of the year – which starts from March 4-9 at the Yarra River in
Last year, the pint-sized Aaliyah finished second in
the girls’ tricks event – behind reigning world champion and world
record-holder Erika Lang of the US.
Aaliyah, who was 10 then – the youngest competitor at
the Moomba Masters – also made the semi-finals of the Open category in
the tricks event, which featured several top-level elite skiers.
She went on to win the Asian Championships Under-17
title and take home a silver at the Asian Beach Games in the Open
category last year.
She has also broken the 6,000-point barrier to set a
new personal best of 6,130 points – just 230-point short of the
20-year Asian record of 6,360 set by China’s E Min in 1995.
Having received an invitation to compete at the Moomba
meet for the second year running, 11-year-old Aaliyah is eyeing
another podium finish in the girls’ category.
The Open category is certainly a daunting challenge for
Aaliyah as several elite skiers – like Lang, Canada’s Whitney
McClintock, Belarus’ Natalia Berdnikova, France’s Clementine Lucine
and Australia’s Jacinta Carroll – are also in the fray.
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