- 2015 Year in Review
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2015 Year in Review
Bali Sports Foundation (BSF) is nearing completion of their busiest and most memorable year in its short six year history. Currently with 15 sports programs offered to people living with disabilities offered from its sportshall in Kesiman that has been upgraded with new disabled toilet/shower, disabled ramp, artificial grassed sports ground and painting &resurfacing thanks to the generosity of Stephen Niven and his team at POLYTAN in Melbourne.
Bali Sports Foundation wishes you, our extended family, Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year for 2016. We are looking forward to meeting you in Bali again soon.
Selamat Tahun Baru 2016
BSF staff- that make it all happen
The year began with BSF sending a young team of boys from Seraya in Karangasem to partici0pate in the 6th SCC Youth Soccer Sixes tournament in Singapore. The team, although overawed by the new experience of flying, did themselves and their coach proud and were very competitive against teams from around the SEA region. Staying with host families, when not competing, visited Singapore landmarks as an added experience.
In February, BSF was privileged to have a visit from Mr. Kenneth Soh, National Singapore Boccia Coach & his counterpart Ms Ni Ni from Myanmar to assist us with classifying Bali athletes for Boccia.
March saw the introduction of the sport of Goalball – a sport specifically designed for the visually impaired. Thanks to the POLYTAN artificial grass sports field the children from Dria Raba Blind Institute in Denpasar were able to learn a new sport, practise against full sighted people (wearing blindfolds)and commence training for the BUTA Bali Blind Games to be held in June 2016.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORKSHOP
Always striving to find ways to support people with disabilities BSF hosted a workshop on Unified Coaching held by Special Olympics Asia (SO AP) also in March. Conducted by SO AP’s Velappan Devarajaan and Amran Srinegar the clinic focussed on basketball and included the enthusiastic participation of Ubud NGO Sjaki Tari Us, staff and clients, the participants were able to experience ‘hands on’ coaching.
SPECIAL NEEDS SWIM CARNIVAL
Annually in March, BSF conduct a Swimming Carnival for children with disabilities, many who participate in BSF’s swimming program conducted around Bali. As always the event was conducted at Bali Island School in Sanur and saw nearly 100 children compete enthusiastically. This carnival is not always about winning but more about participation and supporting others with disabilities.
BALI BEACH GAMES & KUAT- BALI TOUGHEST
On the weekend of March 14/15 BSF held the 2nd Bali Beach Games at Sanur’s Mertasari Beach bringing together different sports encouraging participation and helping support Athletes with disabilities. Also on the same weekend BSF introduced the Bali Toughest – KUAT where participants navigated their way around 10 obstacles over land and in the water, running, climbing, crawling, swinging and swimming testing their fitness, endurance, mental capacity and stamina over approximately 10km for Adults and 5km for juniors.
FIT FOR CHARITY
PrimaFit – based in Kuta collaborated with sports and fitness enthusiasts at the “Fit for Charity” race held between April 10-12. Dozens of participants flocked to the PrimaFit store over the three-day period in order to earn kilometres on PrimaFit’s cardio machines. Each kilometre run by the participants earned Rp25,000 from PrimaFit for the assistance of athletes with disabilities. In all, a total of 1,237 Kilometres were racked up by all resulting in Rp30,925,000 being raised by participants with PrimaFit donation an additional Rp19,075,000 giving BSF Rp50,000,000 for athletes with disabilities.
The BSF Paralympic Shooting Club expanded to North Bali in 2015,with new participants.The disabled shooters participated in the Bali Provioncial Championships (Walikota)
WORKSHOP BY WORLD WHEELCHAIR EXPRESS FOUNDATION’s STEVE ELLEFSON
In May this year BSF was privileged to have a visit from Canadian Paralympian Steve Ellefson who has competed in 3 Paralympic Games. Steve introduced BSF athletes to road racing and generously donated two racing wheelchairs so our athletes could enjoy a new experience. Even though he was on holidays Steve and his partner generously gave up two Sundays to conduct workshops and training clinics using the speed cycles to ensure our athletes learnt correct techniques.Steve and Suzie returned to BSF in December,holding more workshops in West Bali and donating another racing wheelchair and a handcycle.
COALTRANS FRIENDLY GAMES
Early June saw the annual Coaltrans Friendly Games take place at Bali Island School with athletes competing in Powerlifting, Blind Powerlifting, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby, Para-Shooting, Disabled Chess and Eskrima with Boccia, Blind Soccer and Goalball introduced for the first time as demonstration sports. All athletes competed with grace, humility and enthusiastic support for each other which was evident with smiles all around regardless of who won.
BALI OCEAN SWIM
The first Sunday in July always sees the Bali Ocean Swim held at Bali Garden Resort on Kuta Beach. It is the first event for BSF’s busiest month of the year and the premier fund raiser for our Swimming Programs for children with disabilities. This year we were lucky enough to have the Butcher’s Club in Seminyak sponsor the event where competitors came from around the world to compete over the three distances 1.2Km, 5Km and 10Km. For the first time, BSF saw the participation of vision impaired swimmers from Dria Raba Blind Institute compete in the 1.2Km swim. It was simply inspiring to see these athletes navigate the course successfully with the amazing support of the Balawista Lifeguards.
This year saw the inception of two additional awards in honour of two supporters of the Bali Ocean Swim who tragically passed away during the previous year. The Seth Richardson was presented to the Indonesian Swimmer who displayed the best sportsmanship and the Barry Beardman trophy, presented by his widow and long-time BOS participant Sherri Beardman, was awarded to the Indonesian swimmer who shows the greatest dedication. As always the Balawista Nippers held their competition on the sand near Bali Gardens with presentation for the nippers being held prior to the BOS presentations. As with every year BSF made donations to the Balawista Nippers and the Balawista Lifeguards. Without the support of the Lifeguards BSF would not be able to hold the Bali Ocean Swim.
2015 was a huge year for BSF’s Wheelchair Rugby program and it’s athletes. After conducting wheelchair rugby demonstrations around Bali, in Jembrana, Karangasem and Buleleng selected participants were invited to a training camp at Bali Island School over the Chinese New Year Holidays. On April 24-26 the Indonesian Wheelchair Rugby Team attended the MWRF hosted 2015 SEA Wheelchair Rugby Workshop in Kuala Lumpur along with representatives from Malaysian, Thailand and Singapore.
Our wheelchair rugby referees, Ni Wayan Sari and I Wayan Suardina successfully completed stage one wheelchair rugby refereeing for national competitions under IWRF international referee Mr Chong of Malaysia.
May saw the start of the inaugural Bali Wheelchair Rugby League with 4 clubs - Denpasar Demons,Ubud Highlanders,Singaraja Lions and Jimbaran Jets (seen below)
As part of the Bali Paragames the Bali 4’s Wheelchair Rugby Tournament saw the Indonesian team gain valuable experience and greater understanding of the sport when the team from Disability Sports Australia took on a mentoring role. Unfortunately due to the interruption of the volcanic ash from Mt. Ruang teams from Thailand and Malaysia were unable to attend. However, both the Australians and the Indonesians gained much from the experience.
In October BSF hosted the New Zealand Wheel Blacks in Singapore,who together with Indonesia and Malaysia played 3 Nation Cup.
The 3rd Annual Bali Paragames was held over two weekends at the Bali Island School, Tohpati shooting range and Tirta Ayu pool. The para-games saw events in Boccia , Blind Soccer, Goalball, Powerlifiting, Blind Powerlifiting and Swimming along with the Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Rugby tournaments. Thanks must go to the volunteers from Tong Tiek in Singapore who regularly support our events, Australia and Bali, without whom this event could not take place.
2015 saw the Wheelchair Basketball League competition being run with 6 teams from around Bali. The strongest team in the competition from Puspadi again proved they are the team to beat taking out the tournament with a convincing win. Players from all teams in the league if meeting strict classification standards, were eligible for selection in the Indonesian team which competed against teams from Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore in the Bali Cup over the last weekend of the Paragames.
Teams in the Bali Cup played each other twice with the top two teams playing off for the winner’s trophy with Taiwan beating Malaysia and Indonesia and Singapore fighting it out for 3rd place.
In November BSF and Indonesian Wheelchair Basketball conducted the 1st ever WC Basketball Workshop. Participants came from Yogyakarta, Jakarta and Bali. Under the excellent coaching of Roy Syahputra & Jenal Rahmawan, they learnt training drills, tactics and rules of the game and participated in a friendly match refereed by internationally qualified BSF staff member Ni Wayan Sariani.
With the introduction of a sailing program for those with Disabilities under the excellent tutelage of Indonesian 5 time Olympic legend Oka Sulaksana and support from the Royal Bali Yacht Club, Bali athletes were selected to compete in the 2015 Singapore Pre ASEAN Paragames Regatta against 21 sailors from Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore. The Singapore Disabled Sports Council further supported BSF’s sailing program by donating four second-hand Hansa 2.3 skiffs to enable us to expand our program.
ESKRIMA – DEAF/MUTE STICKFIGHTING
Eskrima or Stickfighting, saw BSF in collaboration with CMAA conduct two tournaments in 2015. The major tournament – Bali International Stickfighting Challenge - in September saw competitors from Australia, UK, USA, Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia compete at the GOR stadium in Karangasem. All the BSF eskrimadors are deaf mute part of BSF's Special Needs Martial Arts program.Due to the high standard of the competition Indonesian fighters impressed those internationals in attendance and resulted in two Bali fighters, I Made Swidiarta and I Nyoman Satriawan (seen above) as well as BSF ‘s senior black belt Rodney Holt being invited to compete in the Australian Championships in Bunbury in November,where Satriawan won a Gold,Swidiartha a silver and Holt took home two bronze.
Introduced to Indonesia by Rodney Holt and with the support of Ibu Dayu from Dria Raba and Bali Police Judo Coach Pak Made in 2013 Bali judotekas were graded to yellow and blue belts in 2015. Additionally the group of 8 judotekas were selected to compete and the inaugural Indonesian Blind Judo competition in Bandung in October where each competitor came away with a medal.
October 25 saw 3 BSF athletes compete in the Bali Triathlon team’s event for the first time. With the dedicated support of BSF staff and volunteers the athletes arrived onsite at 5am and competed against seasoned athletes over the course of the event. Using a racing wheelchair for the run leg and a hand cycle for bike leg our disabled athletes did BSF proud and where saluted and cheered by many able bodied athletes on the day.
BSF Powerlifting team is a group of dedicated athletes who train regularly at the BSF Sportshall. After all their hard work and training BSF powerlifters competed at the National championships in Solo, Central Java on September 1, 2015. Under the experienced supervision and coaching of Dr I Ketut Wija, the BSF powerlifting team competed against the best Indonesian Powerlifters from around the archipelago. The team did themselves, Bali and BSF proud by taking home 6 Gold and 2 Silver.
At the ASEAN ParaGames ,BSF Powerlifting program further enhanced its status with the two Nengah Widiasih's winning gold.
Thanks to the sponsorship of Hotel Kristal and RJH group, BSF now has its own vehicle to transport our para-athletes to and from training. The vehicle can seat 9 persons or 4 wheelchairs and 3 persons. BSF has also had a custom built ramp fitted for wheelchairs.