BINTULU: Participating in sports’ activities like taekwondo for example, is not just for fitness exercise but it can also build up one’s confidence and self-esteem.
“Self-esteem is an important factor for everyone, particularly students, to excel not only in sports but also in their lives,” said Universiti Putra Malaysia Bintulu campus (UPMKB) Students Affairs acting deputy dean Dr Daud Awang.
Dr Daud said self-esteem can be obtained and nurtured, starting from their involvement in sports’ activities be it in school or in university.
He said this when officiating at the closing of the Poomsae Taekwondo 2009 competition at UPMKB here recently.
The competition was organised by the university’s Students’ Affairs Department in collaboration with the Sarawak Taekwondo Federation.
He also said that the competition was a good platform for the young taekwondo exponents to develop their skills and talents in the martial art.
“This is where our young exponents can shape their talents by representing their particular schools, and opportunities for them will come later to represent the division, state or national levels,” said Dr Daud.
A total of nine secondary schools from Bintulu, Sibu and Miri, including the UPMKB, fielded their exponents for the two-day competition. The schools are SMK Tiong Hin Sibu, SMK Bandar Bintulu, SMK Sungai Merah Sibu, SM Kai Dee, SMK Tatau, SMK Chung Hua Miri, SMK Sacred Heart and SMK Chung Hua Sibu.
“On our part as an organiser, we are trying to introduce the sport for fitness among our own students but we are also hoping that others, particularly the school students here will know more about our university.
“We are trying to promote good relationships between the schools here and our university,” said Dr Daud, adding that in the future, UPMKB will hold similar events as a continuous effort.
He also said UPMKB had organised a similar event last year - Silat Borneo competition - which aimed to promote goodwill among the UPMKB and the community, particularly the students.
The overall winner for the competition on Sunday was SMK Tiong Hin, Sibu followed by SMK Bandar Bintulu and SMK Sungai Merah, Sibu.
The trophies were handed over by Dr Daud. Also present at the event was its Students’ Affairs division head Din Ayup.