The national wushu squad is
currently training in the Fujian
Province of China to better prepare
themselves for December's
Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in
Myanmar. Picture: BT file
Will third time be the charm for the national wushu team?
Brunei's wushu warriors are undergoing intensive training with the best to ensure that they are fully prepared for the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games to be held in Myanmar in December.
The team of Faustina Woo Wai Sii, Lee YingShi, Ang Guat Lian, brothers Mohd Adi Syarani and Mohd Sufi Shayiran Roslan are currently in the Fujian Province of China to prepare themselves for a better chance at gold.
They departed the Sultanate last Friday and are expected to return home at the end of February.
The team fell short with silver medals in the previous two editions of the biennial multisport competition in the duilian (duo sparring with broadsword and spear) event.
The duo of Woo and Lee were second best in at the 2009 SEA Games in Laos, their score of 9.45 points just 0.01 points off gold medal winners Singapore.
It was the same story at the 2011 SEA Games in Jakarta where they scored 9.70 points, just 0.01 points off Singapore which claimed gold with 9.71.
According to national assistant coach, Ang Lu Guan, the team are undergoing two training sessions daily. The first from 8.30 - 11.30am followed by the second from 2.30 - 5.30pm.
"They have been training with the elite athletes from China. This is to prepare the Bruneian athletes for the SEA Games in Myanmar," Ang told The Brunei Times yesterday
"But there are also other competitions later in the year such as the Islamic Solidarity Games in Indonesia, Asian Junior Wushu Championship in the Philippines and the World Wushu Championships in Malaysia," he added.
Wushu is one of the sports that can potentially deliver gold for Brunei at the SEA Games after they managed their best achievement to date just last year.
Woo and Lee teamed up and they hit gold in the duilian event at the 8th Asian Wushu Championships in Vietnam in August.
The pair finished the event with 9.59 points narrowly defeating Hong Kong, which had 9.58 points, at the Phu Tho Indoor Sports Stadium in Ho Chi Minh City.
With a total of 21 countries participating in the tournament, Brunei finished in eighth place at the August 21-25 event.
Courtesy from Brunei Times