MIRI: Former national sprinter Watson Nyambek is hoping to train and produce more sprinters like him in the country to make Malaysians proud.
Dubbed as the ‘Flying Dayak’ of Sarawak, Watson, who specialises in the 100m sprint, is striving to keep his 1Borneo Sprint Athletics Clinic programme, which he started only last year, active.
“I hope to train and produce more athletes in future to keep up the sprint skills and make our country proud.
“By then, I look forward to see more “Watson Nyambeks” born and break my record,” he told The Borneo Post recently.
He encouraged students and youths to take the rare opportunity to learn about athletics so to polish their skills in the sport.
The programme, mooted and started by Watson’s wife Fellizia Michael Sandom and close friends, is aimed to train and scout for the new sprint king of the track and provide the participants with more knowledge and ideas on sprinting.
According to Watson, this was the first of such programme in Sarawak which is targeting children aged from nine to 18 years.
There are currently about 60 youths from Sarawak, Sabah, the Federal Territory of Labuan and Brunei who are all ready for any competition.
“And our next move is to do roadshows around Borneo so as to further promote the programme,” said Watson.
The 39-year-old had made Sarawak in particular, and Malaysia in general proud, putting the state and the country on the world map, and became the role model to the youths with his outstanding performance in athletics.
“This is where I feel motivated to help others and share my knowledge and experience with all athletes and sprinters.
“Above all, I aim to develop the athletics industry in the country and break more records in future,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Watson and his team are currently in Ranau to train athletes there.