Regional level competition co-organised by the Selangor Youth Community draws in participation of 350 young gymnasts; D.Y.T.M. Tengku Amir Shah ibni Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah attended as Guest of Honour

The Malaysian Gymnastics Federation (MGF), Malaysia’s national sports association for the development of the sport of gymnastics nationwide, successfully held the MGF Princess Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship on 26-27 October 2019 at the Dato’ Teo Hang Sam Auditorium, UOW Malaysia KDU University College, Glenmarie Campus.

The regional level competition – the second event of the series following a similar competition held last month in Raja Melewar, Negeri Sembilan – took place in Selangor in cooperation with the Selangor Youth Community (SAY), the royal foundation of Selangor which seeks to create a community of youth, for youth and run by youths themselves.

The event, whose Guest of Honour was D.Y.T.M. Tengku Amir Shah ibni Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, the Raja Muda of Selangor, saw the participation of 350 youths aged between 3 to 9 years old.

The focus of the competition was to continue the MGF’s efforts to unearth the talent of young rhythmic gymnasts in Malaysia at the grassroots level and cultivate their development to create a new generation of athletes that can compete at the regional, international and Olympic levels of the sport.

“We are proud to have successfully hosted this year’s Princess Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship, especially considering the strong turnout of young athletes which bodes well for the future of gymnastics in Malaysia,” said Rachel Lau, President of the MGF.

“The development of gymnastics, as a sport in Malaysia, requires more focus as it promotes core motor skills and develops great sportsmanship as well as important values such as perseverance, discipline, teamwork and resilience.

“We are therefore honoured to have had the backing of the D.Y.T.M. Tengku Amir Shah and the SAY foundation to identify the young talents and help them grow to be able to compete under the Malaysian flag on the international stage.”