Liam King, Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians
This weekend, the Olympic Games will finish with a great celebration of the competition over the last two weeks, amidst all the triumphs and celebrations one of the most important aspects of the games is it’s diversity. The Olympic Games brings together people from all over the world to compete but to also celebrate everything that is great about humanity. We see people from different countries, cultures and backgrounds striving to do their best.
In many ways, the Australian International School Malaysia is similar to this. The only difference is that we celebrate this on a daily basis, each day we take the opportunity to embrace this diversity and learn from each other. We have 26 different nationalities in our school and below we have highlights from nine of these countries.
Ariarne Titmus, Australia
Ariarne Titmus won the women's 200-metre and 400-metre freestyle. Posting a time of 3:56.69 in the 400-metre freestyle final, she edged out world record holder Katie Ledecky by less than a second.
Sun Yiwen, China
Sun Yiwen defeated Ana Maria Popescu of Romania 11-10 in the final of Women's épée at the 2020 Summer Olympics, thereby becoming the first Chinese fencer to ever win an Olympic gold medal in individual women's épée, and only the second Chinese female fencer to have won an individual fencing Olympic gold medal. Prior to her departure for Tokyo, she was informed that her father had been diagnosed with cancer and was fighting for his life at a hospital in Beijing. She demonstrated such incredible strength to fight through this adversity.
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, India
Pusarla Venkata Sindhu was born and brought up in Hyderabad and started playing badminton from the age of eight. PV Sindhu became the first Indian female athlete to win two Olympic medals. She was seeded 6th in the Tokyo Olympic Games. Sindhu is also only the 4th athlete to win multiple medals in the women’s singles badminton category at the Olympic Games.
Paul O'Donovan, Ireland
Paul O'Donovan is an Irish lightweight rower. He is an Olympic gold medallist in lightweight double sculls (and world record holder) at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Japan has had an outstanding Olympics and as the host nation sits third on the medal tally. Their baseball team beat the Republic of Korea in a nail-biter to reach their 1st Olympic final since Atlanta 1996.
An San, South Korea
An San became the first South Korean to win more than two medals in a single Olympic Games. The 20 year old is also the first woman since 1904 to win three golds in archery at the same Olympics while also smashing a 25-year-old Olympic record.
Aaron Chia Teng Fong, Malaysia
Aaron Chia Teng Fong is a Malaysian badminton player and olympic medalist. He was part of the Malaysia talent team, joining the national team in 2015. He represented Malaysia in the 2018 Thomas Cup. Chia and his partner Soh Wooi Yik were the All England Open finalist and the Southeast Asian Games gold medalist in 2019. The duo won the bronze medal in the men's doubles at the Tokyo Olympics.
Of the 211 New Zealand competitors in Tokyo, almost a quarter of them have been awarded a medal so far. 52 athletes have stood on the podium (21 of them rowers) and 54 medals have been handed out to Kiwis.
Sky Brown, United Kingdom
Sky Brown creates history as Britain’s youngest Olympic medalist with a bronze medal in skateboarding. The 13 year old does not have a skateboarding coach and learnt how to skateboard merely using YouTube.
Over the last fortnight we have heard stories of athletes overcoming adversity to achieve their personal best results, we have heard about sacrifice and resilience. These are all qualities that are important for our students to appreciate so that they can learn from these role models and apply them in their everyday lives. We have also put together a highlight package from each country represented in our school which you can access by clicking here, we hope you enjoy them.
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