CHRISTIAN Nikles swam to 4 new short course national open records last weekend, capping off a shining week for the sport after 23 national records were broken or set.
Nikles and fellow national swimmer Muhammad Isa Ahmad have been studying and swimming for Millfield College in the United Kingdom since September, and competing at the Millfield and TDS Short Course competition, Nikles set a quartet of new records.
In an email sent by Eric Landa yesterday, the national aquatics coach said Nikles broke records in the 100m freestyle, 50m freestyle, 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly.
Combined with the 19 national records set or broken at the three-day 3rd Brunei Open Swimming Championships which ended on Sunday at the Aquatics Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas, last week’s haul bodes well for the national team ahead of their trip to the World Short Course Swimming Championships in Doha, Qatar from Dec 2-7.
Since Landa’s arrival in 2011, over 400 national records have been set and broken, and the four swimmers who broke the 19 records – and Nikles when he was still in Brunei – all swam either full-time or part-time at the COE (Centre of Excellence), a 25-hour weekly training programme the coach created in 2011 to raise the level of swimming in Brunei towards the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Brunei and beyond.
“I was expecting the COE swimmers to do well. All the record breakers or setters are either full-time or part-time training with COE, and I know the work we’ve done – so I’m happy the work paid off,” he said.
A mainstay of the national team, Nikles, 17, timed 53.37 in the 100m freestyle at the Millfield and TDS
Short Course competition, breaking his old record of 54.21 which he set in Dec 2012. He clocked 24.36 in the 50m freestyle, breaking his old record of 24.63 which he set in Nov 2012.
His times for the 50m breaststroke and 50m butterfly are 30.86 and 26.26, bettering the previous best of 30.91 and 27.71 set by Hj Abdul Rudi Hj Abdul Rahim in Nov 2012 and Lim Jyh Jye in Dec 2010.
Meanwhile at the 3rd Brunei Open Swimming Championships, His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel set a new age group (eight years old) record in the men’s 100m breaststroke event after clocking 2:19.66 in Heat 2.
Micia Swimming Team’s Nur Haziq Samil, 13, was the best performer at the Nov 14-16 meet after setting seven new records (200m individual medley, 400m freestyle, 800m freestyle, 1500m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 100m backstroke and 200m backstroke) in his age group.
Jerudong International School’s Tiara Shahril Anwar, 17, broke six national records – three open and three age-group – at the competition after clocking 2:12.56 in the women’s 200m freestyle, 4:39.54 in the 400m freestyle and 9:45.45 in the 800m freestyle.
The old records were 2:13.50, 4:48.14 and 9:53.37, all of which she set in April.
International School Brunei’s Breanna Lee Le Er, 7, also impressed after setting five new national age group records in the women’s 50m freestyle (59.62), 100m freestyle (2.19.14), 50m breaststroke (1.18.27), 50m backstroke (1.10.24) and 50m butterfly (1.05.49).
The Brunei Times, 18 November 2014
The Brunei Amateur Swimming Association (BASA) will organise the 3rd Brunei Open Swimming Championships on 14, 15 & 16 November 2014.
All swimmers ages 7 and over (there is no maximum age limit) are encouraged to compete in:
4×100 free, 4×200 free, 4×100 medley RELAY
The program and rules and regulations can be downloaded here: Brunei OPEN Rules and Regulations 2014
Competition program:meet program – final – 141113b
Time sheet: session report – 141112
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A total of 128 swimmers from 11 clubs – nine from the Sultanate and two from Miri – competed for top honours at the one-day meet.
The ISB Hammerheads were the overall winners with a total haul of nine gold, nine silver and seven bronze medals.
Royal Brunei Recreational Club finished second with five gold, five silver and five bronze medals.
Jerudong Swim Club were third with two gold, five silver and four bronze medals to their name.
MICIA Swim Team, Department of Youth and Sports’ Brunei-Muara swimming scheme, Department of Youth and Sports’ Tutong swimming scheme, Hornbill School, Brunei Speed Swim Club and Dolphin Swim Club were the other teams from Brunei. Representing Miri were Gymkhana Club and KRPM Club.
Also his Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday stopped by the Aquatics Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas for the Brunei 7-9 Years Swimming Championship 2014.
His Majesty was accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah.
HRH Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel and HRH Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim, who were both swimming under the banner of ISB Hammerheads, competed in the eight-year and seven-year-old categories respectively.
HRH Princess Ameerah Wardatul Bolkiah and HRH Princess Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah were also in attendance.
He finished 13th out of 22 swimmers in the freestyle event with a time of 25.55s.
He then followed that up with a 10th place finish out of the 14 swimmers in the butterfly event, clocking 33.17s before coming in fifth out of 16 swimmers in the breaststroke event with a time of 33.87s.
HRH Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel was first in his heat in the breaststroke event and third in the freestyle event.
He defeated 13 other swimmers to finish at the top of the freestyle event with a time of 21.93s.
He teamed up with Anastase Guiliou, Breanna Lee Le Er and Maria Angelina Dowling to win gold in the mixed 25m freestyle relay with a time of 1:52.48.
He bagged the bronze medal in the five-contestant butterfly event by clocking 32.66s and added another bronze in the 12-contestant backstroke event when he came in at 31.16s.
The only event he failed to get on the podium was the breaststroke where he placed sixth out of 10 others with a time of 35.83s.
(source Brunei Times 20-10-2014)
On Sunday morning 12 October 2014 166 swimmers gathered with their respective coaches and parents to be tested under the LTS-Brunei Learn to Swim certification system. Learn to Swim-Brunei is a free of charge service developed by National Headcoach Eric Landa, to get more Bruneians to learn how to swim properly for their safety, pleasure and health. 162 swimmers passed the swimming tests.
The LTS-BRUNEI 2012-2017 system is based on the best programs in the world, I’ve taken the best programs and compiled them into something very suitable for any age and any place in Brunei.
We work with 7 different levels, from easy to difficult. Were the last level (level 7) is close to competitive swimming and training. The uniqueness of this program is that anyone can join or practice for it. It is freely available to any coach or club, skim or school or any private coach or swimmer to take a look at and work with. We have no secrets, or hidden agenda. The goal is simply to have as many certified Learn to Swim kids by 2017, which I believe is really important.
Every year we conduct 3-4 certification days and today was the 2nd time in 2014. The 3rd time will take place in November 2014 in Tutong.
Currently we have active swimming programs in Bandar, Tutong and Temburong. My focus has been to develop KB for the past 3 years now. The wait is still for JBS to endorse a coach in KB, at the Mumong swimming pool. Learning to swim and saving yourself in the water is a skill for life, which is the greatest gift you can give anybody young or old, frankly…
Since we started in 2012 we’ve handed out approximately 600 Learn to Swim-Brunei certificates. Although this is a great number, the real challenge here is starting learn to swim in schools. In my opinion children should learn how to swim as part of their PE lessons. I’m working very hard to accomplish this. And I have good faith this will be a reality in the nearby future.
I’m pleased to also share with you that from August 2014 we have started a follow up of the Learn to swim programs which is Learn to train. This takes place 3x a week from 7-8:30PM at the Berakas National Stadium. This is to groom the next generation of swimmers in the sultanate. If you are interested, sent en email to email@example.com or visit bruneiswimming.com
It is with great pleasure that BASA invites clubs and swimmers to take part in the upcoming 7-9 years Swimming Championship.
NATIONAL aquatics coach Eric Landa strongly believes that there is no place for doping, not only in swimming, but for every sport.
Landa’s passion towards the subject culminated in him helping the Brunei Darussalam Anti-Doping Committee (BDADC) hold a lecture for his swimmers and their parents two weeks ago .
“I was very surprised to hear from the BDADC that swimming was actually the first association that approached them with this request,” said Landa.
“Although we absolutely have no doping problems in swimming, I believe in being proactive and not in being reactive,” he said.
“We all know that at the end of last year, two young athletes were caught for doping… I was expecting that the two federations, who were clearly affected by the actions of these two individual athletes, to take immediate action to educate their other athletes.
“There is no place for doping in sports… We cannot be clear enough on that.
“I applaud BDNOC (Brunei Darussalam National Olympic Council) for following through with a two year ban for these individuals.
“I hope many other federations will follow our example in educating the youth on this very important subject and to pledge to play true and say no to doping,” stressed Landa.
At the end of the two hour presentation, the national swimmers made a vocal and written pledge saying, “I’m an athlete who has the right to participate in a clean sport. I will uphold this right by competing in the spirit of the sport, by respecting my competitors, my sport and all those involved in my sporting endeavors. I will play true and say no to doping.”
Landa also shared with The Brunei Times that while he was going over the rules and regulations of doping, he noticed that under the civil law in Brunei, you cannot possess, use or traffic drugs.
“Some doping substances are in fact drugs… Performance enhancing drugs,” noted Landa.
“I would like to recommend to the responsible and capable parties to investigate if it would be possible to put doping under civil law to simplify punishing people for the usage, possession and administration of doping.
“I think this idea is worth looking into although I can see some things not being black and white because some forms of doping is in fact medication for very severe diseases.
“I know of some countries that have put doping under civil law and they have had a successful outcome in their battle against doping,” said the coach.
Mainly eight offences under the anti-doping law were highlighted during the lecture on Aug 15.
They were the presence of a prohibited substance in an athlete’s sample, the use or attempted use of a prohibited substance, the refusal to submit to sample collection and failing to file the athlete’s whereabouts and missing a test.
It also included tampering with any part of the doping control process, possession of a prohibited substance, trafficking of any prohibited substance and administering or attempting to administer a prohibited substance to an athlete.
During the talk Landa and BDADC also spoke on why they were strongly against the use of supplements, due to the risk of contamination.
BDADC also touched on other topics related to doping, such as testing methods and responsibility of athletes and coaches to make sure aquatics remain a pure and clean sport.
The first edition on this competition was organised in 2012, now in 2014 and the next will be in 2016.
It alternates with the SEA Games, one year SEA Games, the other year SEA-Swimming Championships, etc.
The sports tournament being organised are swimming, waterpolo, diving and synchronised swimming and the venue is the NEW Singapore Sports Hub, the same venue as for the 2015 Singapore SEA GAMES.
3 swimmers are here to compete for Brunei. Christian Nikles, Muhammad Isa Ahmad and Tiara Shahril Anwar.
This is also the 3rd competition in 3 weeks for the trio as they competed in the SEA-Age Group Swimming Championships in Singapore 6-8 June, then the Brunei Interclub Swimming Championships 13-15 June in Brunei and now the SEA Swimming Championships 17-22 June in Singapore.
Christian Nikles finished 6th in the 50m backstroke in a time of 28.96 which is a new National OPEN and New National AGE GROUP record bettering his own time of 29.26 from 23 Nov. 2013
Christian Nikles finished 8th in the 50m freestyle in a time of 25.33
Jerudong Swimming Club were crowned overall champions after recording a total of 964 points, followed by the ISB Hammerheads in second with 746 points. Dolphin Swimming Club finished third place with 480 while Tutong Swimming Training Scheme were fourth with 222 points. MICIA Swimming Team were fifth after recording 99 points while Brunei Speed Swimming Club finished last with 27 points.
Gracing the event the event yesterday were Deputy Sultan His Royal Highness Prince Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah, Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pg Anak Isteri Pg Anak Sarah and Her Royal Highness Princess Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah.
His Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim ended the 2nd Brunei Interclub Swimming Championships with another gold yesterday after finishing first in the 50m freestyle event at the National Aquatics Centre at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.
Competing under the banner of the ISB Hammerheads, HRH Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim also won “The Most Valuable Swimmer” medal in his age group.
HRH Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim won the 50m backstroke on Saturday and 100m freestyle event on Friday. He competed in all five events available for the 7-year-old age group – 50m breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly and freestyle as well as the 100m freestyle race. He finished second in his 50m butterfly and third in his 50m breaststroke events on Friday.
Present to hand the prizes to the winners was Brunei Amateur Swimming Association (BASA) president Aziz Latif. Also present at the event yesterday was the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah.
Almost 100 swimmers from six local clubs – Brunei Speed Swimming Club, Dolphin Swimming Club, ISB Hammerheads, Jerudong Swimming Club, Tutong Swimming Training Scheme and MICIA Swimming Team – were vying for top honours at the tournament.
On Sunday 8 June 2014, 47 swimmers gathered with their respective coaches to be tested under the LTS-Brunei Learn to Swim certification system. It’s a free of charge service developed by National Headcoach Eric Landa, to get more Bruneian swimmers to learn how to swim properly for safety and pleasure.
Every year we conduct 2-3 of these sessions and today is the first day we did it in Tutong.
46 swimmers succeeded. 15 from Dolphin swimming club Bandar, 29 from SLR Tutong and 3 from SLR Temburong.
The Learn to Swim Brunei program consists of 7 different levels and this time the team tested levels 1-4. The breakdown was 3 in level 1, 13 level 2, 11 level 3 and 19 level 4.
It is good to see the other districts like Tutong and Temburong coming along and getting tested also.
The wait is now for JBS to finally endorse the coach in KB, at the Mumong pool. I’ve been requesting this since 2011 so I’m hoping they will finally come along… Learning to swim and safe yourself in the water is a skill for life which is the greatest gift you can give anybody young or old.
The next LTS certification day will take place again in Bandar and will be for levels 5-7, this will happen after Raya.
I’m pleased to also share with you that after Raya we will start a follow up of the Learn to swim which will be a LTT (Learn to train). We will cal it COE-MINI squad and it will take place 3x a week 7-8:30PM. This is to groom the next generation of swimmers in the sultanate.
After 3 days of swimming and competing at the Singapore Sports School, Brunei was left empty handed, no medals for Brunei at the South East Asian Age Group Championships in 2014. Also Laos and Cambodia were like Brunei left empty handed. The team managed to get 7 new National records, 6 Age Group records and 1 OPEN record (Ashley Chai 200 backstroke)
Picture from left to right (Muh. Isa, Tiara, Christian, Haziq, Ashley).
Please find the results below:
Ashley Chai 100 back NEW NAT. AG RECORD 1.13.76, previous record was Maria Grace Koh, 1.16.25 (26-09-2005)
Ashely Chai 200 back NEW NAT. AG RECORD 2.41.12, previous record was Ashley Chai 2.49.11 (24-11-2013)
Ashley Chai 200 back NEW NAT. OPEN RECORD 2.41.12, previous record was Nur Hamizah Ahmad 2.42.32 (12-04-2012)
Ashley Chai 50 back NEW NAT. AG RECORD 33.81, previous record was 50 Ashley Chai 34.06 (19-04-2014)
Nur Haziq Samil 400 free NEW NAT. AG RECORD 4.46.01, previous record was Christian Nikles, 4.47.99 (07-08-2010)
Nur Haziq Samil 100 back NEW NAT. AG RECORD 1.09.94, previous record was Nur Haziq Samil, 1.11.28 (18-04-2014)
Nur Haziq Samil 200 back NEW NAT. AG RECORD 2.30.20, previous record was Nur Haziq Samil 2.32.09 (20-04-2014)
As much as I would like to say this was a fantastic championships for Brunei, it wasn’t for all swimmers. Both Ashley and Haziq did perform well according to plan (Ashley set 3 AG and 1 OPEN record) (Haziq set 3 AG records) and I’m happy with that. It’s good to see the next generation nocking on the door and good to see Ashley breaking her first OPEN record. I would say, keep going and pushing yourself, let this be the beginning….
The older swimmers, Tiara, Muh. Isa and Christian did not perform too well. In the case of the two boys its is clear that school exams did play a huge part in their preparation as they have not been able to train 100% of the sessions due to examinations for the past 2 months, and then it simply became a matter of priorities, are your priorities with school or with swimming. The results speak for itself..
For Tiara we have to rethink her preparation and make some changes to ensure the next performance jump as this will be much needed in the nearby future for her to keep the other competitors in sight.
Next for the team are the Brunei InterClub Swimming Championships 13-14-15 June and then the South East Asian OPEN Swimming Championships from 17-22 June 2014.