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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.

The Brunei Times

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.

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

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 ( 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 (

*“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 ( *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.)

The Brunei Times

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

DEAR people of Brunei, I have something to share with you. I’m going to rock the boat and stick out my neck. Again.

As the National Aquatics Head Coach of Brunei Darussalam, it is my responsibility to promote swimming, to put future plans in place and to discuss this with the authorities. Simply put, I’m here to improve all aspects of swimming within the Sultanate.

Over the past four years we have made good progress at the competitive level, but it will take a few more years to achieve our goals.

And at the Learn to Swim level (LTS) 600 people have achieved Learn to Swim certificates since we started the program in 2012.


All great news, but let’s not fool ourselves. Six hundred certificates from a population of almost 400,000 people is like bringing water to the sea.

The reality today is that many Bruneians do not know how to swim, and it troubles me deeply that many of these people are willing to learn but simply don’t know where to ask for help and are afraid to take the first step.

But what is even more worrying is that parents who cannot swim keep their children away from swimming. Their personal fear is often transferred to their children: “water is dangerous, stay away from it!”

Every year since I’ve lived in Brunei, people have died from drowning (three people in the past two months alone) while this often could have been avoided.

I think that we can all agree that knowing how to swim will significantly increase your survival chances in water.

After consulting both cultural and religious leaders in Brunei, I also believe strongly that there are absolutely no objections against learning to swim from their sides.

During the past four years I have had numerous discussion with ministries, schools, teachers, coaches and others to ask them to endorse my future plans, which are simple:

1) Let’s create Learn to Swim programmes for the public schools in Brunei as part of their PE (Physical Education) lessons, so that every boy and girl in Brunei will be able to swim and save themselves in the water after a six-month investment.

2) Let’s create a Learn to Swim (LTS) program for adults so that these adults are confident in and around water, learn to swim, learn about water safety and hopefully transfer this positive experience to their children.

When I’m meeting with the authorities they are all ears, but when it comes to action and change?

Change is exactly what is needed in this case to make a positive impact on human lives. On the lives of thousands of Bruneians!


So… Since I’m not able to make this change happen on my own, maybe your collective opinion and actions can convince them!

Maybe when I turn up at the next meeting with hundreds of people saying that Learn to Swim programmes in schools and adult learn to swim programmes are a great way to make a positive change in the country, to give people the gift of a lifetime, being able to safe themselves in the water, maybe that will have more impact!

Maybe that will convince them!

So what I’m asking of you is this: Become part of the Learn to Swim MOVEMENT and show your support for these two ideas. You can do that in any of the following ways.

LIKE this article ( on Facebook or SHARE it with your FRIENDS or SEND me (Eric) a WhatsApp message on 8966930 or SEND me (Eric) an email at

Whichever way you prefer is up to you, but please start talking about this, share your opinion, start the ball rolling and then maybe in 2015 we will all agree that swimming is indeed an important life skill and truly the gift of a lifetime!

I’m counting on YOU!

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

Thank you all very much. I promise to report back on the outcome of my request in next week’s column!

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

The Brunei Times

Brunei took part at the World short course Swimming Championships from 3-7 December 2014 in Doha-Qatar with 3 swimmers.

IMG_9556Muhammad Isa Ahmad (16), Tiara Shahril Anwar (17) and Christian Nikles (16).


The results after 5 competition days in the excellent Hamad Aquatics Centre in Doha:

*NEW National record 50 free, Tiara Shahril Anwar 27.54, was 28.52 by Amnahliyani Mohd. Husain (10 Nov. 2012)

*NEW National record 100 free, Tiara Shahril Anwar 1.00.54, was 1.01.02 by Tiara Shahril Anwar (6 Nov. 2013)

*NEW National record 200 free, Tiara Shahril Anwar 2.08.15, was 2.33.93 by Florrence Sea Wern Lin (11 Sept. 2011)

*NEW National record 100 breast, Muhammad Isa Ahmad 1.06.83, was 1.07.40 by Muhammad Isa Ahmad (11 Nov. 2012)


other results from Doha:

50 breast, Muhammad Isa Ahmad 31.16

50 free, Christian Nikles 24.76

100 free, Christian Nikles 54.27

50 fly, Christian Nikles 26.40




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).

Christian Nikles

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:

Logo Brunei OPEN50-100-200-400-800-1500m freestyle

50-100-200 breaststroke

50-100-200 backstroke

50-100-200 butterfly

200-400 IM

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


Should you wish to compete at this competition but you are not a member of a  swimming club?
Let us know and we will help you find a solution!