Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah Sets New Asian Record in Tricks Event at Swiss Pro Tricks Competition

20-year-old Malaysian waterskier Aaliyah sets new Asian tricks record, finishes 4th at Swiss Pro Tourney, eyes 2025 SEA Games and World Championships.

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Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah Sets New Asian Record in Tricks Event at Swiss Pro Tricks Competition

Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah Sets New Asian Record in Tricks Event at Swiss Pro Tricks Competition

Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah, a 20-year-old national waterskier from Malaysia, set a new Asian record in the tricks event at the Swiss Pro Tricks tournament in Florida, USA. She scored an impressive 8,450 points, surpassing her previous Asian Open women's tricks record of 8,080 points.

Despite setting the new Asian record, Aaliyah finished fourth overall among the 10 participants in the invitational tournament. The title was won by Erika Lang of the United States with 11,030 points, followed by Neilly Ross of Canada in second place and Anna Gay of the United States rounding out the podium in third.

Aaliyah, who won a bronze medal at the Under-21 World Championships last year, expressed elation with her performance. She had been struggling to balance her waterski training with her studies while pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Florida Southern College.

Why this matters: Aaliyah's achievement highlights the growing talent and competitiveness of Asian athletes in water skiing on the international stage. Her record-setting performance serves as an inspiration for aspiring waterskiers across the continent.

Looking ahead, this year is critical for Aaliyah as she prepares for the 2025 Southeast Asian Games in Thailand and the 2025 IWWF Open World Championships. "I am looking forward to better progress in all three events as I prepare for the 2025 SEA Games and the 2025 IWWF Open World Championships," Aaliyah said, referring to her participation in tricks, jump, and slalom events.

Key Takeaways

  • Aaliyah Yoong Hanifah, 20, set a new Asian tricks record in Florida.
  • She scored 8,450 points, surpassing her previous Asian Open record of 8,080.
  • Aaliyah finished 4th overall, with the title won by Erika Lang (USA).
  • Aaliyah is pursuing a Bachelor's in Psychology while training for water skiing.
  • Aaliyah aims to excel at the 2025 SEA Games and IWWF World Championships.