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Christian Nikles broke 2 National Records while competing at the Millfield and Taunton Super Series Level 1 LC Meet on Saturday 25 April 2015 in the UK.
 Christian Nikles
He swam the 200IM in a time of 2.19.40 which is a new AG 16-18 (was 2.21.53 from Christian Nikles 25 June 2013) as well as a new OPEN record (was 2.21.31 from Christian Nikles 24 November 2012).

282 swimmers took part at the the 23rd Brunei Age Group Swimming Championships (BAG) from 17-19 April 2015 in the Berakas Aquatics Centre.

3 days under the sun, thunder and drizzle eventually resulted in 22 NEW National Records.


1) Nur Haziq Samil, 1500 free, Age Group 14-15, 18.47.91

2)Nur Haziq Samil, 800 free, Age Group 14-15, 9.49.16

3) Ayden McCathy, 200IM, Age 9, 3.56.53

4) Ayden McCarthy, 200 breast, Age 9, 4.15.90

5) Ayden McCarthy, 100 breast, Age 9, 1.57.18

6) Kyra Adrienna Behrom Shem, 200 IM, Age 9, 4.22.37

articles180415ASD-23rdBAGSC-016.transformed7) Kyra Adrienna Behrom Shem, 400 free, Age 9, 9.17.26

8) Kyra Adrienna Behrom Shem, 100 breast, Age 9, 1.58.23

9) Pg Muda Abdul Muntaqim Duli, 100 fly, Age 8, 2.31.89

10) Pg Muda Abdul Muntaqim Duli, 100 back, Age 8, 2.15.27

11) Breanna Lee Le Er, 100 fly, Age 8, 2.30.22

12) Aaesyah Fathiyyah Ahmad Fathi, 100 back, Age 8, 2.23.03

13) Aaesyah Fathiyyah Ahmad Fathi, 100 breast, Age 8, 2.41.36

HRH Prince ‘Abdul Wakeel in swimming action yesterday14) Christian Nikles, 50 free, Age Group 16-18, 24.81

15) Christian Nikles, 50 free, OPEN, 24.81

16) Christian Nikles, 50 fly, Age Group 16-18, 26.70

17) Christian Nikles, 50 fly, OPEN, 26.70

18) Christian Nikles, 100 free, Age Group 16-18, 54.92

Christian Nikles 219) Christian Nikles, 100 free, OPEN, 54.92

20) Liang You Lim, 200 breast, Age 10, 4.11.24

21) Justin Lim, 200 breast, Age 11, 3.47.21

articles190415ZK-23rdBAGSC-009.transformed22) Emma Yusuf, 200 breast, Age 10, 4.03.81


The complete competition results can be found here: full meet results – 23rd BAG 2015


On Sunday 5 April 2015, 174 swimmers  gathered to be tested under the LTS-Brunei Learn to Swim certification system. Learn to Swim-Brunei is a free service developed by National Headcoach Eric Landa, to get more Bruneians to learn how to swim properly for their safety, pleasure and health. Today 173 swimmers passed the swimming tests.

The LTS-BRUNEI 2012-2017 system is based on the best programs in the world.

IMG_5995There are 7 different levels, from easy to difficult. The first level is learning to floor and controlling your breathing where as level 7 is 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 towork with. We have no secrets and no hidden agenda. The goal is simply to get the kids of Brunei to learn how to swim. 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…

Every year we organize 3-4 certification days and today was the 1st time in 2015. The 2nd and 3rd time will take place in May 2015 in Tutong and KB!

IMG_5940Since we started in 2012 we’ve handed out approximately 850 Learn to Swim-Brunei certificates. Although this is a great number, the real challenge here is starting learning to swim in schools. In my opinion children in Brunei should learn how to swim as part of their PE lessons. I’m working very hard to accomplish this. And I have faith this will be a reality in Brunei  in the near future.

Since 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 at the Berakas National Stadium. This is to groom the next generation of competitive swimmers in the sultanate. To create opportunities for those with talent and determination to one day represent Brunei at the SEA Games and beyond. If you are interested, then sent en email to bruneiswimming@hotmail.com or visit bruneiswimming.com


BASA is organising the 23rd BAG (Brunei Age Group Championships) on 17-18-19 April 2015 at the National Aquatics Centre in Berakas.

Contact your coach for more information or look here: 23rd BAG Rules and Regulations 2015


During the 4th 100m Sprint Competition in Tutong pool on 8 March 2015, 5 new National Records were set or broken.

1) Tiara Shahril Anwar 100 free, 1.01.20 (previous record: Tiara Shahril Anwar 1.01.61 from 16 Nov. 2014)

Age Group NATIONAL records
2) Tiara Shahril Anwar 100 free, 1.01.20 group 1 (16-18 years old) (previous record: Tiara Shahril Anwar 1.01.61 from 16 Nov. 2014)
3) Ashley Chai 100 back, 1.13.67 group 2 (14-15 years old) previous record: Maria Grace Koh 1.14.37 from 22 June 2007)
4) Pg Muda Abd Muntaqim 100 back, 2.28.84 (group 8 years old) (no previous record, first time swim)
5) Pg Muda Abd Muntaqim 100 fly, 2.45.43 (group 8 years old) (no previous record, first time swim)

HIS Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim has set two new national age records (eight years old) and bagged four medals – two gold and two silver – in the Fourth Brunei 100m Sprint Age Group Championship at the Aquatic Centre of the Tutong Sports Complex yesterday.


HRH Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim, who was swimming under the banner of ISB Hammerheads, competed in all events for the eight-year-old group. The HRH netted two gold medals and set two new national age group records for the eight years old in the 100m Backstroke and 100m Butterfly events. He finished the 100m Breaststroke race with a time of 2:24.17 which is also the Prince’s new personal best, breaking his previous best of 2:28.83.

The Prince won himself a gold medal in his debut in the 100m Backstroke event with a finishing time of 2:28.84. The HRH also bagged silver in the 100m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly events with finishing times of 1:52.48 and 2:45.43 respectively.

The Royal Brunei Recreation Club were the overall champions with 18 gold, 12 silver and five bronze medals, followed by Gymkhana Club Miri with 18 gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze medals while ISB Hammerheads came third with 11 gold, 10 silver and 16 bronze medals.

200 swimmers from 11 clubs from Brunei and Miri, Sarawak have competed for top honours in the one-day competition where one open national record and four age group national records were broken. The clubs who participated include ISB Hammerheads, Jerudong Swimming Club, Skim Latihan Renang Tutong, Dolphin Swimming Club, Royal Brunei Recreation Club, Gymkhana Club Miri, Hornbill School, Panaga Stinggrays, Kelab Renang Pujut Miri, Brunei Speed Swimming Club and Micia Swimming Team.


NATIONAL swimmer Christian Nikles broke new national open short course records while swimming at an age group competition in the United Kingdom last weekend.

Christian Nikles

Nikles, 17, has been studying at Millfield College – which according to its website has produced 24 Olympians and has had a swimmer at every Olympics since 1968 including champions like Duncan Goodhew and Mark Foster – since September. Competing at the Somerset ASA Age Group Championships 2015, Nikles swam 58.20s in the 100m short course butterfly, bettering his own previous open national short course of 59.49s set on Nov 11, 2012 at the World Cup in Singapore, according to national aquatic sports head coach Eric Landa in an e-mail yesterday.

He also set a new short course record in the 50m freestyle which now stands at 24.05s, bettering his own previous national open short course record of 24.36s from Nov 16, 2014.

The Somerset ASA Age Group Championships will continue this weekend with Nikles swimming the 50m breaststroke, 50m butterfly and 200m butterfly and fellow national Muhammad Isa Ahmad – also studying in the UK – swimming the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

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BASA is organising the 100m sprint competition in Tutong, offering sprint races, only 100m’s in all 4 strokes, plus team relay options. Entries accepted from 7 yrs and above, including an Open category.
To be held in Tutong on Sunday 8th March 2015.
Interested? Contact your coach for more information or look here: Rules and Regulations 2015


The Royal Brunei Recreation Club were crowned overall champions with nine gold, four silver and three bronze medals, with ISB (International School Brunei) Hammerheads coming in second with eight gold, 13 silver and 17 bronze medals. Jerudong Swimming Club came third with six gold, five silver and five bronze medals.

articles150215-MASRI-009.transformedGracing the event were Deputy Sultan, His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al- Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office, Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah and Her Royal Highness Princess Muneerah Madhul Bolkiah.

articles150215-MASRI-010.transformedHIS Royal Highness Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim (ISB) netted one gold, two silver and two bronze medals during the Brunei 7-9 Years Swimming Championship 2015 yesterday.

HRH Prince ‘Abdul Muntaqim competed in the 8-year-old category of the competition,  at the Aquatics Centre of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Sports Complex in Berakas.

The young Prince participated in all 5 events available for the 8-year-old age group, which he successfully bagged one gold in the 4X25m freestyle relay, two silver in the 25-metre backstroke and freestyle, and two bronze in the 25-metre butterfly and the breaststroke events.

HRH also set a new personal best in the Boys 25m backstroke event, finishing with a time of 27.20 seconds, compared to his previous best of 31.16 seconds.

More than 100 swimmers from 11 clubs across the Sultanate and from Miri, Sarawak, competed at the event.



It is with great pleasure that I would like to invite you and your swimmers to take part in the upcoming 7-9 yrs Swimming Championship.
Scheduled to be held on Sunday 15th February, the competition is open to all swimmers between the ages of 7 – 9 years (as of 31 December 2015).

Differing from previous years, this year the competition will start at 10.00am. 
As in previous 7-9 Championships, Circuit 1 was scheduled to be hosted at the Mumong public pool.  They are currently experiencing some difficulties at this time which may prevent us hosting the event there.  We are working closely with JBS and Mumong pool management and staff and hope to resolve this.  Whilst this is ongoing, we are unable to confirm the venue.
If a resolution to these difficulties is unable to be achieved, the alternative venue will be the National Stadium Swimming Pool in Berakas, Bandar Seri Begawan.
I will advise you as soon as the information is available, and sincerely hope this does not impact on your decision to submit a team.
10952253_338272129697898_6085633610408570376_nPlease find attached Rules and Regulations.  We would please encourage you to submit your entries via Hy Tek for efficiency of entry processing, however I attach a manual entry form should this be required.  I will forward you a Hy Tek file for this meet in due course
Closing date for entries Saturday, 7 February 2015  with the Team Managers and Coaches meeting scheduled for Friday 13th February, 5.00pm at the National Stadium.
Should you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me or any of my team.
Meanwhile I look forward to receiving your entries.
Kind regards
Sue Mead
Organsing Secretary


Dear people of Brunei, thank you for all your responses to last week’s column.http://www.bt.com.bn/happenings/2015/01/15/3rd-rbc-dry-cleaning-service-outlet-caters-rimba-sengkurong-areas

Last week’s column received over 600 likes on Facebook, 400 plus WhatsApp messages (8966930) and more than 160 emails (bruneiswimming@hotmail.com).

This is well over 1,000 reactions to the article I wrote about starting the Learn to Swim Movement!

Thank you for sharing your stories, the many suggestions and enquiries, and for your support towards putting swimming lessons on the national agenda.

As I highlighted last week, not many people in Brunei know how to swim and therefore don’t know how to save themselves from drowning.

And drowning in water means death – it’s as firm and gloomy as that.

IMG_4190Unfortunately, swimming is something that doesn’t come naturally to humans.
Unlike most mammals, we need to be taught how to swim and how to save ourselves in water.

These swimming lessons can take place at any age, but it’s easier to pick it up when you’re younger than when you’re older.

You only have to learn the skill of swimming once and it will stay with you for the rest of your life. This truly makes learning how to swim the gift of a lifetime and a skill for life.

Therefore I would highly encourage all parents to give that gift to their children. And where better to gift and teach this life skill than in the schools?

It is my personal goal to achieve Learn to Swim programmes in schools as part of the PE (Physical Education) lessons. During the past four years I have had numerous discussion with ministries, schools, teachers, coaches and others to ask them to endorse these plans.

So far, this has been without success!

As I said before, I received well over 1,000 responses from people like you regarding the Learn to Swim movement. I have summarised a few for you and I hope you like them as much as I do.

*Most supportive responses came from Brunei, but I also received messages from Bruneians living in the UK, New York, Australia and Singapore!

*“I’m a Muslim woman and our religion actually encourages us to swim as a healthy activity. Me and my friends would love to swim but we simply don’t know how, we have never had swimming lessons. Is there any learning to swim for adults taking place by female instructors?”

YES there is!!! Please check (www.bruneiswimming.com/swimming/swimming-clubs-in-brunei) for a complete list of clubs and coaches, including female coaches.

*“How long will it take me to learn how to swim?”

This will largely depend on the amount of invested time but generally speaking ANYONE should be able to learn to swim after six to nine months.

*“We were inspired with your story about learning to swim in school and now we want to set up a swimming club for LTS within our school. How do we start? (from one school in Tutong and two schools in Bandar!)”

All course and teaching material will be provide to you free of charge as well as three to four times a year certification swimming opportunities. Please contact me for more information.

*“How much are the fees and when can I start?”

Brunei has free of charge swimming schemes in the Brunei-Muara, Tutong and Temburong. Clubs will generally charge you a fee. You can contact schemes clubs or coaches directly via (www.bruneiswimming.com/swimming/swimming-clubs-in-brunei)

*“I know how to swim already but I want to improve my health by using swimming as a sport and healthactivity. What can you do for me?”

I encourage you to contact one of the swimming clubs in Brunei or to have a look at our SWIMFIT

programme (www.bruneiswimming.com/swimfit) *How do I join and support the Learn to Swim movement?”

Currently the Learn to Swim movement is a group of people, including myself, who feel learning to swim needs to be put on the national agenda. Leave your name and number and I will get back to you for future endeavours.

And here are a few suggestions from the public:
*UBD: You’re building a new swimming pool, how about learn to swim classes for your students? *MOE: If I’m correct, the curriculum or co-curriculum states swimming is a subject. When is this happening?

*JBS: Culture, Youth and Sports; LTS covers both youth and sports, so… Let’s promote swimming!

*JIS & ISB: Keep doing what you’re doing and lead the way with swimming lessons at your school!

*Youth centers, Yacht Club and gyms (JPMC). Where are your swimming lessons?

Let me finish today’s column with a familiar quote and an unfamiliar metaphor:

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step (Lao Tzu 604-531 BC).

You can wait for that perfect shot to end up at your feet and maybe you will score a goal that day, or you can kick the ball, start it rolling and who knows where it might end up (Eric Landa, 2015).

(Eric Landa, PhD, is the aquatic sports head coach of Brunei and his other ambitious goal is to deliver the first ever aquatics medal for Brunei by the 2019 SEA Games.)

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