OPA Sports Appreciation Dinner Energized by Rhino 2018
With grandeur and a sense of belonging to the sports we played, the Old Putera Association through its Sports Exco portfolio organised the Second OPA Sports Appreciation Night 2018. OP Nik Rizal Nik Ibrahim was chosen again to lead this event, themed “Serve to Inspire, to Lead to Glory.”
Rhino was the main sponsors for the night and have pledged to sponsor not only that night’s dinner but the OPA sports teams which includes Cricket, Hockey, Football and last but certainly not the least the Champions of Rugby Perdana Alumni Cup 2018, OPA Rugby Team.
The night started with introduction by master of ceremony, OP Afdal Izal Hashim D94-95 on the importance of sports and the unity it can forged amongst Old Puteras – young and old, and cuts across many barriers as Malaysians. OPs are colour blind as they see themselves as brothers going through hell together as Budak Boys.
The night continued with OPA President, OP Dato’ Baharudin Mahyuddin, F77-79 who captured the audience’s attention with his speech on the importance of honouring and appreciating our sportsman, medical staff and even our waterboys. He then continued the crucial aspect of giving back to the college and OPA as coaches, mentors and giving assistance not only through monetary sponsorship but also the OP’s time, energy and resources to the OPA Teams. OPA President concluded that this is the beginning of a tradition for OPA to organise such dinner to get young OPs and not-so-young OPs to mingle and know each other better. These are the essence that makes us, OPs as OPs.
The night continued with good music from the Rhapsody Creative Entertainment and delicious Chinese Fusion dinner.
During the dinner, OP Nizamuddin presented the Rhino brand to the audience and the jerseys that will be worn by the OPA Teams in 2019. OPA would like to take this opportunity to thank the sponsors such as Carl’s Junior, Malaysia Airlines, Axiata, Enervive, Plato and many other OPs who have come forward to make the night a memorable one.
As the night passes on, the appreciation night continued with the presentation of awards to three outstanding OPs in the field they have contributed in.
The OPs are OP Hanifah Yoong Yin Fah for the Sports Development and Leadership Award; OP Dato’ Bhaskaran Pillai for the RMC Sports Excellence Award; and OP YM Raja Dr. Abdul Malek Raja Jalalludin for the Sports Physician to the Malaysian Olympics and Major International Sports Tournament.
The awards to the well deserving OPs was a catalyst of hope for other OPs who have contributed their blood, sweat and tears for the love of the sports they played. These awards are a representation of the many OPs behind the scenes, that many may go unnotice, but this is not only for the award recipients, but the team of OPs who have given their all for OPA and RMC.
OP YB Syed Saddiq’s video was also presented to the guests and gave his remarks to the award recipients. He was proud to be associated with RMC and OPA and wishes to see more of OPs presence in the many sports played in Malaysia.
The night concluded on high spirits with the presentation of OPA Rugby Team Championship Cups to the OPA President, OPA Membership cards to OP Dato’ Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof, OP Dr. Yaakob Sapari and later to OP RMC Commandant Brig Gen Abdul Halim bin Abu Hassan TUDM.
The second OPA Sports Appreciation Night has set the bar high for more OPA awards in the future. The OPA Committee for the Sports Appreciation Night have done an excellent work on the planning, executing as well ensuring the night is well attended.
Let us look forward for more OPs being successful in sports for 2019!
OP Afdal Izal Hashim