Caption: Jacqueline Lim (L) and Nur Hafizah Ahmad pose for a photo during a recent training session at the Aquatics Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas. Picture: Courtesy of Ak Farid Pg Idrus (Synchronised Swimming Team Coordinator)
Ak Fauzi Pg Salleh
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
BRUNEI will be making their first appearance in synchronised swimming at this year's 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The country will be represented by Nur Hafizah Ahmad and Jacqueline Lim Guan Fan at the August 19-30 multi-sport event.
Nur Hafizah and Lim will be competing in two events: duet free routine and duet technical routine slated to be held at National Aquatics Center in Bukit Jalil.
National synchronised swimming coach Nur Anna Muin is expecting a tough competition but the Indonesian believes that the duo will be able to deliver a good fight in their first outing at the biennial tournament.
"This is Brunei's first involvement in SEA Games for synchronised swimming, we are looking forward to this competition," said coach Nur Anna in a recent interview with BruSports News at the National Aquatics Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.
"Since this is our first time, I can’t say much about what to expect, but this campaign will help us to gauge our level and standard in the region.
"Jackie and Hafizah have been preparing continuously since early of the year and they also competed in a number of tournaments for the past years,” she added.
"Their recent outing was at the Japan Open few months ago and since then they have been training almost everyday for this tournament and I am sure they will try their best in this competition," she concluded.
The team contested at the 93rd Japan Synchronised Swimming Championships in Tokyo back in April as a part of their preparations for the Games.
The competition was part of the FINA Synchronised Swimming World Series 2017 with teams from Belarus, Brunei, Canada, France, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the United States, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam that participated.