PUTRAJAYA – The unpredictable weather is not an obstacle for the national waterski and wakeboard team said head coach, Hanifah Yoong.
During the final training session at the venue today, Hanifah said that his main concern is the athletes facing any injury towards the 29th Kuala Lumpur SEA Games (KL2017).
“As waterski is an outdoor game, the weather is always unpredictable. My main concern now is the injury during training and anything leading to the game. In terms of physical aspects, everyone is in good shape,” he told Bernama.
The coach who is also father to three athletes in the event, Aaliyah, 14; Aiden, 11; and Adam, 9, said the team had been training hard for the past months and now with a few days to go before KL2017, they had wound down their training with light work on the water and concentrating on mental and visualisation work.
“The most important thing now is their mental state and as we are the host country, the pressure for us to do better is greater,” he said.
The national waterski team, which will be featuring the youngest athlete in the Malaysian contingent, has set their target to achieve four gold medals.
However, Hanifah’s dream does not stop there. He aims higher for his team.
“We do not want them to only set SEA Games as their target but in future, we expect Malaysia to be a world power in waterski in another three years’ time.
Aaliyah who won gold for Women Tricks and Overall and silver in the Women jumps category during the Singapore 2015 SEA Games is now a world class athlete and one of the main prospect for gold at the KL2017.
The KL2017 waterski and wakeboard events will be held at Putrajaya Water Sports Complex starting Aug 25 to 29. – BERNAMA