The Sabah United Tobilung Association (TOBISA) has made the nation proud by winning major medals and awards at the 2017 Dance World Cup in Germany
The talented group of 10 young dancers represented Malaysia in the prestigious competition, beating more than 12,000 other dancers from 40 countries, in different categories, reported the New Straits Times (NST) yesterday, 4 July.
One of the biggest achievements at the competition was winning the gold medal for the Dance Impact category. They were also chosen for the Chairman's Choice Award in the competition.
17-year-old Matinin Sungkin won a gold medal for the Junior Solo category, while Mohamad Farihin Abdulah, 11, bagged the bronze medal for Children Solo
TOBISA's head coach and choreographer, Mohd Hairul Nazmie told NST that he is happy with the achievements his team has made at the dance competition that was held in Offenburg from 24 June till 1 July.
"There were actually many other categories that we did not have time to practice for, but we consistently earned top 10 positions for most of them," he said.
This illustrious win at the Dance Cup is not TOBISA's first. The talented group of dancers from East Malaysia has been representing the country since 2014.
They have won a total of five gold medals, four silver medals, and six bronze medals in the past three finals, according to NST.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan, expressed his heartiest congratulations to the team, mentioning Matinin Sungkin in particular. The teenager is from Kota Belud and studies at SMK Taun Gusi.
"Congratulations, Matinin, for making Malaysia proud," wrote Rahman Dahlan on his Facebook page. Rahman is the MP for Kota Belud and is a Sabahan himself.
He also mentioned that the government will focus on more efforts to help other talented students in the area pursue their passion and inspire them to be the best in the world.
Dance World Cup was first hosted in Jersey, Channel Islands, back in 2009. The annual competition attracts thousands of dancers from around the world, with some as young as four years old.
Congratulations, TOBISA! :D