Story and pics by James TC Wong
May 19, 2011

For the third time in six years, Gan En MC members displayed their athletic prowess when they emerged champions again in the biennial Miri Methodist District Sports held at the MCC padang on May 17.

Second place went to Mei Ann MC followed by the event organizer, Life MC.

The champions also put up a sterling performance in the parade march-pass hence capturing “The Best Marching” trophy.

Our Sunday School children won the “Tug-of-War” under 12 years old category, much to the delight of the GMC camp.

At 7:30 am the event commenced with a parade by all the participating contingents from Gan En MC, Mei Ann MC, Hwai En MC, Life MC, Permyjaya MC, Taman Tunku MC, Yi En MC, Tudan MC, Grace MC and Senadin Methodist Campus Gospel Centre with the luminous 3rd Miri Boys’ Brigade band at the tail-end.

The National Anthem was proudly sung followed by an opening prayer by Rev. Lee Kah Chai of Life MC.

A group of Praise Dancers led the participants to a fifteen minutes warming-up followed by a lively Praise Worship rendition of “Segala Puji Syukur” sung in Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin.

In her opening speech, Rev. Esther Law welcomed the participating churches and their members.

Emphasizing on the event’s theme of building good physique, nurturing relationships and establishing connections, the Miri Methodist District Superintendent also reminded the enormous crowd that there was a time for everything.

“Today is the time to play hard and enjoy the fellowship among our brothers and sisters,” she announced.

Rev. Law also encouraged all the participants to come together and be like a big “One Methodist” family.

The sports day was cleverly planned like a family day with much fun and fellowship. A wide variety of food and drinks were readily available from the stalls set up.

Five exciting games for different age groups were introduced requiring team effort, athletic abilities and strength to score points.

“The padang is the perfect place to spend the morning with my family,” said an elated Madam Lee Kah Hung, a member of Mei Ann MC. “We have pleasant memories of today and credit should go to the organizers for doing a good job,” she praised.

The next biennial event will be jointly hosted by Yi En MC and Mei Ann MC in 2013.

“Walking and making a brick path” with a sarong tied round the waist is not as easy as it looks!

Filling the bottle with a paper cup of water in the mouth is tough!

The winning team (under 12 years old category) in Tug-of-War from GMC!

Three-legged race

“Plucking a tea leaf” game is in fact catching a tennis ball on the rebound – what a feat!