National synchronised swimming coach Nur Anna Muin believes that the future is bright for the country-s synchronised swimming team following their successful outing at the 5th Asia Pacific Open and Age Group Synchronised Swimming competition in Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia on Sunday.
Jacqueline Lim was the country-s best athlete finishing third out of 83 participants in the Solo Open Category after recording 59.250 points.
Brunei youngest athlete in the competition, eight-year-old Natasya Adriana Batrisya Mohd Fadillah finished 48th in the Solo Open, while Sia En Ning finished 55th in the event.
Meanwhile, in the duet event En Ning and her sister Sia En Chiy finished in 14th place after recording 47.167 points.
"We are going at the right direction at the moment and I am very happy with the development of our athletes in the sport especially coming back from this trip," said Nur Anna in an interview with The Brunei Times at the Arrival Hall of the International Airport in Berakas yesterday.
"The tournament was a very tough competition and I am very proud of my girls for their achievements.
"Jacqueline as usual did her very best in the tournament and she is improving a lot and I am very happy that she won a medal for the country.
"And for the twins, they were great. It was only their first time in the tournament and to be able to finish 14th is a very good achievement.
"Natasya also did very well in the tournament and she is our youngest athlete.
"Overall, I am very pleased with the results and with these young athletes progressing very well, I am very sure that the future is bright for Brunei in this sport," added Nur Anna.
Jacqueline was happy to finish third but felt that she could do better in the tournament.
"My target is to get 60 points in the event and I was only short of 0.75 points," she said.
"It was a very tough tournament and everyone in the team did very well and overall I am quite satisfied with my performance,"
"There will be no synchronise swimming in Southeast Asian (SEA) Games this year, but there will be one in 2015 in Singapore.
"We are aiming to do well in the tournament and we must start training now," she said.