Physically-challenged cyclist Zuhairie Ahmad Tarmizi won the biggest incentive of RM18,500 given to Terengganu’s 2017 SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games athletes from Sultan of Terengganu Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin.
At the recent ASEAN Para Games held in Kuala Lumpur from Sept 17-23, Zuhairie was generously rewarded for his three golds in the C5 1km time trial, C5 4km pursuit and C5 1km and one silver in C4 road time trial.
A total of RM365,000 incentives given to Terengganu’s 2017 Sea Games and Asean Para Games athletes.
The 27 year old lost his hand in a sugar cane machine accident in 2012, aims to use the incentive money as the downpayment for a house for his family.
“Then, I can fully concentrate on my training under coach Johari Nayan at the National Velodrome in Nilai (Negri Sembilan) for forthcoming competitions,” said Zuhairie.
He will also be preparing for the Asian Road and Para Cycling Championship (in Naypidaw, Myanmar), followed by the World Para Track Cycling Championship in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in 2018.
“Every time I succeed in a race or competition, it drives me forward. Following my success at the Asean Para Games, I am now even more determined to for greater glory,” said Zuhairie, who hails from Kampung Baru Muda in Marang.
Olympic cyclist Fatehah Mustapa was the next biggest incentive recipient with RM18,000, with four gold (team sprint and individual sprint, keirin and 500m) at the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur from Aug 19-30.
Cycling contributed the most number of medals with 10 gold, three silver and two bronze at the SEA Games; and three gold, two silver and two bronze at the ASEAN Para Games. Both Games officials and athletes were rewarded by the state government under the ‘Skim Wakil Negara’ (SWARA) with RM500 each for representing the country.
Likewise, under the ‘Skim Hadiah Kemenangan’ (SHAKE), 56 SEA Games athletes who won 26 gold, 16 silver and 14 bronze medals were paid a total of RM219.675; while 30 ASEAN Para Games medal winners (seven gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze) were handed out a total of RM80,000.
For both Games, athletes who won an individual gold received RM5,000 each, silver RM3,000 each and bronze RM2,000 each. Team gold medallists received RM2,500 each, silver RM2,000 each and bronze RM1,500 each.
Also rewarded were Malaysian Gymnastics Federation president Abdul Razak Mat Amin (whose gymnasts won 13 gold, nine silver and two bronze) and Terengganu Cycling Association president Zainal Abidin Hussin (whose cyclists won 13 gold, 10 silver and three bronze).