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National Junior Gymnast Among Three Excellent Students In 2016 SPM Exam

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 (Bernama) -- Managing time between studies, competitions and training was not an easy task, but Shak Yuki proved that all the effort was worthwhile when she scored flying colours in the 2016 SPM examination.

The 17-year-old national junior gymnast roped under the 'We Are Champions' programme (Program Kita Juara) was among three excellent students of Bukit Jalil Sports School (BJSS) after scoring 7As and 2Bs.

"Our excellent results are a timely boost for my teammates and I as we are gearing up for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games," the Kuala Lumpur-born athlete told reporters when met at BJSS, here, today.

'We Are Champions' is a special programme initiated by the National Sports Council to prepare national athletes to achieve glory at the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games come August.

The former SMK Taman Connaught student aims to achieve better results in the upcoming SEA Games after failing to compete at the 2015 Singapore SEA Games due to a knee injury.

National back-up swimmer Asmalia Filzati Redzuan, 17, scored 8As and 1B in the SPM exam, dedicating her success to her parents who have been giving her a lot of moral support all this while.

"The school had provided a class schedule and competition schedule, making it easier for me to divide my time between the two.

"In the morning, we students would attend class and train in the evening before doing group revision of class lessons at night," said the former student of SMK Convent, Klang.

For Ng Yong Jie, 17, the 8As and 2Bs he scored in the SPM exam were certainly a huge relief for him after an elbow injury which prevented him from competing in any tournament at the moment.

The Batu Pahat-born athlete under the BJSS Sports Programme said he was currently undergoing the recuperating process.

Meanwhile, BJSS principal Asmad Ahmad said the academic excellence achieved by the three young athletes showed positive results of the school's programme.

He said there was an increase by 0.54 per cent to 5.40 per cent in the number of students with excellent results in the 2016 SPM exam compared to that achieved in 2015.

"Their performance improved in almost all the subjects they sat for. Despite being busy with training and competitions outside school, they have achieved SPM exam results which this school can be proud of," added Asmad.

-- BERNAMA