The 29-year-old, who won two gold medals at the Indonesian SEA Games last year – women’s 50m rifle three-position and 10m air rifle events – sparked the gold rush for the nation in Jakarta and Palembang. Malaysia ended the games with a record breaking 59 gold medals (one will be withdrawn following Yunus Lasaleh's positive doping test).
Sports Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, gives away the prizes to Nur Suryani, as Corporate Affairs Manager, F&N Beverages Marketing, Cariessa Goh, F&N consultant Datuk Kamal Harun and New Straits Times Press Group Managing Editor, A Jalil Hamid look on.
National Under-23 football coach Ong Kim Swee, architect of the SEA Games gold medal victory, (right) takes home the Outdo Yourself Award
Nur Suryani, who took home RM10,000 and a crystal trophy, said:
“I honestly didn’t expect to win this award as the other candidates were all very strong,” she said. “This is one of the best moments of my career and I will treasure the award.”
She was among the five shortlisted nominees for the prestigious SAM-100PLUS Athlete of the Year 2011 award. The other four nominated athletes were world squash champion Datuk Nicol David, world No. 1 shuttler Datuk Lee Chong Wei, Fatehah Mustapa (cycling) and Jacqueline Jenelee (bowling).
Several other award winners were revealed earlier this week with the Jakarta SEA Games football champions - the Malaysian Under-23 football team – winning the SAM-100Plus “Out-Do Yourself” Award.
World and Asian junior badminton champion Zulfadli Zulkifli was named “Best Young Athlete” while Asian snooker champion Sam Chong and the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) earned the nod for the “Comeback Athlete”" and “Most Dynamic Association” awards respectively.
Meanwhile, The Malay Mail’s Haresh Deol was named Best Sports Journalist besides also picking up the Best Special Report prize.
There were five other awards given for reporting with Aziman Rosdi (Harian Metro) winning the Best Sports Report (print), Wan Norbazly Wan Azmi (Astro Arena) taking home the Best Sports Report (electronic), Muhammad Dayne Azmin Ghazali (Utusan Malaysia) pocketing the Best Sports Commentary (print), Mohd Fadzrie Hazis (Astro Awani) earning the Best Sports Commentary (electronic) and The Star’s S. S. Kanesan adjudged the best photographer.
Haresh took home RM7,000 for winning the grand prize while the other winners each earned RM3,000.
SAM-100PLUS Awards 2011
LIST OF WINNERS
Athlete Of The year: Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi (Shooting) RM10,000
Young Athlete Of The Year: Zulfadli Zulkifli (Badminton) RM3,000
Out-Do Yourself: National Under-23 team (Football)
Comeback Athlete Of The Year: Sam Chong (Snooker)
Most Dynamic Sports Association: Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress
Best Sports Journalist: Haresh Deol (The Malay Mail) RM7,000
Best Sports Report (Print): Aziman Rosdi (Harian Metro) RM3,000
Best Sports Report (Electronic): Wan Norbazly Wan Azmi (Astro Arena) RM3,000
Best Sports Commentary (Print): Muhammad Dayne Azmin Ghazali (Utusan Malaysia) RM3,000
Best Sports Commentary (Electronic): Mohd Fadzrie Hazis (Astro Awani) RM3,000
Best Special Report: Haresh Deol (The Malay Mail) RM3,000
Best Sports Photographer: S.S. Kanesan (The Star) RM3,000
Haresh Deol of the Malay Mail has finally won recognition after years (lebih kurang dua tiga tahun) of producing news-breaking, earth-shattering good stories and revelations. A much sought-after journo who should not be wasting his time at the Malay Mail. The paper has a track record of not giving due recognition to good journos hahahahah! Haresh, strike while the iron is hot. TV is the future! Leave now! Hahahaha. And, please la, next time cut your hair and start shaving...surely you can afford a haircut and a new shaving machine from the RM7,000 you took home yesterday!
Berita Harian's Nasir Ahmad, my mentor...probably feeling out of place being surrounded by Gen Y...for he covered Diego Maradona way back in 1982 hahahaha
Gen Y journos waiting for the outcome...Tahniah
Congrats to those who won and those nominated
Tahniah to coach Ong and Gang