UTARians excel in sports

Reflecting the spirit of holistic education, UTAR is not only proud of the academic achievements of its students, but also those who shine in sports.

Champion in Ping Pong

UTAR table tennis team emerged as champion of the Kejohanan Ping Pong Berpasukan Piala Tahunan Dato' Pek Kok Sam 2013 held at the Megamall in Kuantan Pahang from 23 to 24 November 2013.

As champion, the UTAR team bagged five individual gold medals, one overall challenge trophy and a cash prize worth RM2,000.

Organised for the first time by the Persatuan Hin Ann Kuantan in collaboration with Persatuan Ping Pong Amatur Kuantan, the championship attracted the participation of 14 teams in different age groups including veteran players who have previously competed in state and national level competitions.

Representing UTAR in this open championship were Foundation students Edward Ling Hung Hui, Soong Jun Fai and Christopher Chin Lik Quan and Banking and Finance students Teng Wei Ni and Kim Shi Lun. Edward Ling, who is the team's captain and also a state player of Sarawak, expressed that the team has fought hard with the determination to win at the final stage. "The tournament was exhilarating, enjoyable and a great learning experience," he added.

The Kejohanan Ping Pong Berpasukan Piala Tahunan Dato' Pek Kok Sam, is a state-level annual tournament. Also present was the organiser of the championship Dato' Pek Kok Sam. 

The champion team with main organiser Dato' Pek (fifth from left) and other committee members

Gold, silver and bronze in taekwondo

UTAR taekwondo athletes won four medals - two gold, one silver and one bronze at Kejohanan Taekwondo Masiswa & IPT Jemputan 2013 held at Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) Setapak Campus from 18 to 20 October 2013.

Foundation student Vivian Lim June Lynn and English Language student Chua Siew Hua clinched the gold medals in the female sparring individual category.

The female sparring individual event also yielded one silver and one bronze won by Chinese Studies student Tay Lik Shin and Biomedical Science student Tan Li Hui respectively. 

From left: Tay, Chua and Tan posing after the prize giving ceremony

Silver in basketball

UTAR basketball team emerged as first runner-up in Sukan Jemputan KPM-UMP 2013 held from 18 to 20 October 2013 at Kompleks Sukan Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP).

It was a close fight in the finals between UMP team & UTAR team with UMP emerging as the winner with a score of 53-56. As the runner-up, UTAR team bagged 12 individual silver medals, certificates and a cash prize worth RM750.

A total of six teams that consisted of university students from all over the nation, namely UMP, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, Universiti Teknologi MARA, and Universiti Islam Antarabangsa participated in this championship. Organised by the UMP Sports Centre in collaboration with the Kementerian Pendidikan Pahang, the championship aims to promote and raise the standard of basketball game among Malaysians.

UTAR team poses with their individual medals and certificates

Bronze in Penang Tanjong Cup Varsity Basketball League 2013

The UTAR basketball team also competed at the Penang Tanjong Cup Varsity Basketball League 2013  held at Komtar Dome Indoor Basketball Court in Georgetown Penang from 25 October to 10 November 2013. The team defeated the opposing team with a score of 74-65 and walked away with bronze medals, a cash prize of RM500 and a trophy. UTAR student Lado Jimmy Apollo Modi was awarded Best Scoring Player for his goal scoring feat.

Organised by Parliament of Tanjong Constituency and endorsed by Majlis Sukan Negeri Pulau Pinang and North East Basketball Association Penang, the competition is to promote growth and development of basketball game among students.  Ten teams consisted of all northern-region players participated in this championship.

UTAR team posing for a group photograph after the prize giving ceremony