12 Jul 2013 11:19

KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 (Bernama) -- Malaysia's young water ski sensation, Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah has once again improved her world ranking for the open women's trick after achieving new personal best scores in Italy and Austria in her recent two week training and competition trip.

The nine-year-old moved up eleven spots to 59th in the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (IWWF) in the world ranking list after she achieved new personal best scores in Italy and Austria.

She also moved up to 16th in the world rankings for U17 girls tricks.

Her new world ranking was achieved when she broke her previous personal best score of 4,740 points with a score of 5,050 points twice - at Italy's San Gervasio International and Austria's Fischlham WWUT International Cup - held on June 28 and July 6 respectively.

Her coach and father, Hanifah Yoong was impressed by her tenacity and focus in achieving these results and said that it was a remarkable performance.

"It is not easy for a very young girl like Aaliyah to compete in the open women category in new foreign environment. The cold water coupled with varying wind conditions and having to use different boats, really made it difficult for her.



"She attracted European media attention which quoted her performances as inspirational being the youngest and smallest competitor in both tournaments," said Hanifah.

Aaliyah, a Nexus International School student who turns 10 on July 16, will next participate in the 2013 Asian Waterski Championships in Indonesia from Sept 25-29 where she hopes to retain her Asian U17 title.

She will also attempt to win the Asian open women tricks title for the first time. She was third in the Asian open class in both 2011 and 2012 Asian Championships where she lost out to the Chinese girls.

After the Asian Championships in Indonesia, Aaliyah will compete in the IWWF World Championship in November in Santiago, Chile to gain more top level experience and wind up her 2013 season.

Aaliyah is sponsored by Perbadanan Putrajaya, the National Sports Council of Malaysia, RipCurl, Nautique Boats, Nexus International School and WWWC for her 2013 campaign.