Australia-Malaysia Sports Program
The AMI supports cooperation between Australian and Malaysian sporting organisations with a view to generating long term institutional and people-to-people links.
In 2012-13, the AMI supported the Malaysian Lifesaving and Sport Development Program. Working with Surf Life Saving Australia, 10 lifesavers (five men and five women) and four lifesaving coaches and officials from the Life Saving Society of Malaysia (LSSM) undertook of a structured program to improve their in-country drowning prevention and lifesaving techniques and programs as well as their lifesaving sports development and coaching program. The LSSM lifesavers attended Rescue 2012 Life Saving and Sport development program in Adelaide in November 2012, before participating in the 2012 Lifesaving World Championships shortly afterwards (also in Adelaide). This was followed up with a lifesaving sport coaching and officials training program for 40 LSSM members, delivered by a SLSA surf coach and official, in Penang Malaysia in June 2013.
The new skills gained by Malaysian officials and coaches will be on show at the LSSM National Lifesaving Championships in Penang on 5 October 2013.
In 2010-2011 the AMI funded three elite sport coaching scholarships in cycling, hockey and swimming. The Australian Institute of Sport, Hockey Australia and Swimming Australia hosted the Malaysian coaching placements.
Mr Suod Hussain, a cycling coach based at the National Sports Council of Malaysia (NSC) was selected to undertake a 12 week cycling coaching scholarship at the Western Australia Institute of Sports (WAIS) with one of Australia's leading cycling coaches, Darryl Benson. Mr Andrew Oon, a swimming coach based at the NSC, was selected to undertake a six week swimming scholarship at the WAIS with Matt Maggee.
Mohd Nasihin Nubli Ibrahim, a hockey coach based at the NSC was selected to undertake a six week hockey scholarship with Hockey Australia at the South Australian Sports Institute (SASI) with Australia's leading hockey coaches Ric Charlesworth, Craig Victory and Robert Haigh. The AMI has been informed by Hockey Australia that Mr Ibrahim has taken up a position as coach of the Malaysian National Women's Hockey Team.
The AMI looks forward to continuing to develop sports collaboration with Malaysian sporting organisations as part of the Memorandum of Understanding between Australia and Malaysia on sports cooperation.
NetSetGo! Junior Netball in Malaysia
NetSetGo!, Netball Australia's junior development program is being piloted in 14 centres in Malaysia for girls aged 5 – 6 years old at kindergarten.
NetSetGo!, has been renamed Jom Pi Jaring and in February this year 30 coaches undertook a two day coaching workshop by Netball Australia and the Malaysian Netball Association.
A strong partnership exists between Netball Australia and the Malaysian Netball Association with several training camps being held prior to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and the 2011 World Netball Championships in Singapore.
AMI is pleased to support netball in Malaysia through funding Netball Australia to:
- Provide mentoring of personnel and coaching of athletes
- Establish community based Netball centres for athletes, coaches and umpires to develop high performance outcomes
- Provide education in the fields of psychology, nutrition, sports science sports medicine, coaching techniques and game analysis
- Introduce NetSetGo! for young girls in Malaysian schools.