IT was a proud moment for former national cyclist Datuk Ng Joo Ngan when his daughter Jillian Ng Siew Mei was adjudged one of the top students in the matriculation programme at the Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS).
Joo Ngan, who had represented Malaysia in many international competitions, said he was suprprised with Siew Mei’s excellent results in studies as well a sports.
“I was not the studious type during my younger days. I had devoted my time to cycling. But my daughter had proven otherwise. I was overwhelmed by emotions when she went on stage to receive her scroll,’’ said Joo Ngan.
He also disclosed that he had encouraged Siew Mei to take up cycling. But his wife Datin Nancy Teoh was against the idea.
“My wife was afraid that my daughter will sustain injuries while cycling. That’s the reason why Siew Mei opted for synchronised swimming. After seeing her progress in synchronised swimming, I do not have any reason to complain.
“She has made us proud and we are happy,’’ said Joo Ngan.
Siew Mei, who is pursuing a event management course at the Taylors University College in Kuala Lumpur, was a student at the BJSS for eight years. The 19-year-old Siew Mei, who has represented Malaysia in the 2006 Doha Asian Games as well as the 2007 World championships,said she enjoyed her stay in the BJSS.
“I joined the BJSS when I was in Form One. The teachers were very helpful. Without their guidance, I don’t think I could have excelled in my studies and sports.
“I was able to divide my time between synchronised swimming and studies,’’ said Siew Mei.
Besides Siew Mei, badminton player Michelle Yeow Mei Zi, athlete Phang Hua Mei, synchronised swimmer Lee Zhien Huey and artistic gymnast Nabihah Ali were ranked among the top students.
BJSS principal Marina Chin said she was happy with the students’ excellent results.
“Now you all have another journey to continue. I would like to see all you students do well in university,’’ said Chin.
Former national quartermiler Sean Paul was also present at the ceremony. He shared his experience with the students.
“There is no short cut to success in sports and studies. You have to overcome the odds to excel in both,’’ said Paul.
Education Ministry sports division deputy director Jalaudin Othman presented the certificates to the students.
The graduates: Michelle Yeow Mei Xi, Jillian Ng Siew Mei, Phang Hua Mei, Lee Zhien Huey, Nabihah Ali, Katrina Wong Suen Nee, Wahidah Ismail, Wan Siti Haniza Wan Izahar, Gomagan Sony Rajaa, Ng Jo Wen, Zulhijjah Azan, Elyong Matin, Loo Yik Xiang, Ivan Yuen, Ng Shin Yii, Erni Syazwani Azman, Rafiuddin Che Omar, Jaime Lee Yoke Jeng, Muhammad Izzuddin Abdul Rahim, Nor Farah Afiqah Md Taufeek, Tiffany Chase- Currier, Kevin Yeap Soon Choy, Mohamd Rohaizad Jamil, Wan Mohamad Akmal Hakim, M. Yokananthini, Kumang Jamit, Muhammad Radhi Hasim, Diyana Zuhaili Mohamad Mazli, Nik Asraf Qaedi Nik Azizan, Mohd Ammar Fitri Zainol, Liew Tek Wa, Tg Emanina Laily Tg Zahri, Nur Syamimi Mohd Yusoff, Uriel Yu En French, Noor Hasliza Md Ali, Danial Azuan Amar Nand, Azroul Fazly Mohamed Yusoff, Siti Munirah Jusoh, Mohamad Sabri Mohamad, Azreen Rizal Nasir, Junaidin Bardin,Nuraini Abdul Rashid, Maisarah Aminludin, Nurul Sarah Abdul Kadir, Farah Ayuni Yahya, Razlee Amree Mustafar, Nurul Fatihah Jamahuri