The 29th SEA Games 2017 has come and gone with Malaysia leading the tally of 323 medals, winning 145 gold, 92 silver and 86 bronze. Since Malaysia played host for the Games, it was no wonder all Malaysians were proud of being the leading nation for the SEA Games with the highest tally of medals.
For the HELP Education Group, the win was even more significant as 14 of its student athletes took part in the SEA Games and eleven emerged with 5 gold medals, 7 silver and 4 bronze, thus playing a role in Malaysia’s placing as overall winner.
HELP played host in a special award ceremony to honour its outstanding SEA Games medallists and participants, currently enrolled in various programmes at HELP University and HELP College of Arts and Technology, who had trained tirelessly over many months, sacrificing their time and studies to be winners at the 2017 SEA Games.
Apart from the SEA Games, Satheishtharan Ramachandran had won bronze at the World University Games, representing Malaysia for Badminton and was duly recognized at the award ceremony for his win.
Gan Hua Wei, who won two golds and one silver in Synchronized Swimming; Yap Khim Wen, one gold and one silver in Taekwondo; Tan Fu Jie, one gold and one silver in Gymnastics; Chew Yi Wei with one gold and one silver in Diving from HELP CAT (IT); Soniia Cheah, two silvers for Badminton and a silver from Gan Zhen Yu for Synchronized Swimming. The other participants in the SEA Games were Mak Sin Sin and Mak Ai Sin for Water Polo and Syed Adam for Fencing, who were also honoured as participants in the SEA Games.
Both Gan Hua Wei and Gan Zhen Yu were especially proud as both are siblings and trained together for synchronized swimming.
Aravinn Thevarr Gunasegaran took one bronze for Athletics in the 200 metres; Tanalaksiumy Rayer, with one bronze in athletics for the 4×400 relay while Anderson Wong and Soh Yong Wee won one bronze together for water polo.
Datin Chan-Low Kam Yoke, the current CEO of the HELP Education Group, felt elated with the results of the HELP athletes and shared her experiences in HELP’s early days where she had personally offered Soo Beng Kiang, Malaysian national and world badminton player, a scholarship to study at HELP University in 1998. Thus was born the CEO Sports Scholarship Award, which today entitles Malaysian national athletes who are pursuing their studies at HELP, a 100% and 50% bursary on their tuition fees while state athletes are entitled to a 30% bursary. This has propelled HELP to excel as a sports university where HELP has emerged champion at the Malaysian Association of Private Colleges and Universities (MAPCU) annual sports games for eleven years out of a total of 14 years, a feat which Lt Cdr (R) Anthonysamy Silvarajoo, Director of the Department of Student Activities (DSA), is proud of.
“HELP students are encouraged to take up at least one sport during their time of study at HELP and as for the Malaysian national and state athletes, we are constantly working towards motivating and empowering them to not only excel in their studies but to maintain their status as national and state athletes so they are entitled to HELP scholarships,” said Anthony at the Sports Award Ceremony, where those who won medals at the SEA Games and World University Games were presented with cash awards as a token of appreciation by HELP senior management.
Also present at the Award Ceremony at HELP University was Professor Datuk Dr Paul Chan, Vice-Chancellor and President of HELP University and Datin Chan-Low Kam Yoke, CEO of the HELP Education Group as well as Deputy President, Dato’ Sri’ Norza Zakaria and Moira Tan, Assistant Secretary General, both from the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM). The various heads of departments also attended the special awards ceremony to support their student athletes, who are pursuing programmes at HELP.
Professor Dato’ Dr Zakaria Ahmad, currently Vice-President of Olympic Council Malaysia and also Deputy Vice-Chancellor of HELP University (Research) congratulated the SEA Games medallists and encouraged them to continue scaling new heights in the sports area.