Monash gems, pride of nation

During the recent 2017 Sea Games, Malaysia became the overall champion with the best outing in history with 145 gold, 92 silver and 86 bronze medals. Four students from Monash University Malaysia were part of the nation’s pride when they bagged medals in four events: taekwondo, aquatic water polo, cricket and gymnastics.

Farah Ann Abdul Hadi from the School of Arts and Social Sciences won two gold medals in gymnastics (women’s artistic). She retained her gold medal in the women’s individual floor exercise event and bagged another in the women’s artistic team all-around.

Yong Jin Kun, Chai Jie Lun and Sivanantha Gobal Krishnan from the School of Engineering, managed their training and study time well to win medals during the games. Yong, a mechatronics engineering student, who won two silver medals in the men’s team and mixed pair taekwondo Poomsae event, had been competing for Malaysia since 2011. He had been training under the Kita Juara Program by Majlis Sukan Negara for two years prior to the Sea Games 2017: “I did my best and there are no regrets. I’m definitely looking forward to improving myself and achieving better for Malaysia”.

Sivanantha Gobal Krishnan, who is part of the national cricket team, obtained a silver medal in the men’s Twenty20 cricket tournament. The chemical engineering student who has been playing cricket for the past 12 years said he felt accomplished on being able to win a medal: “We have been working for a very long time towards this. I would sometimes miss my classes but would catch up on the syllabus through online lectures”.

Mechanical engineering student, Chai, who had been involved in aquatic water polo for five years, secured a bronze medal in the men’s water polo tournament. “I’m happy and grateful that all the hard work paid off. It may be the only time to get a medal in our homeground,” he stated. Chai trained every single day for a year and focused on his studies after training sessions.

Congratulations on your spectacular achievements!