For the 5th consecutive year, CNVLD wheelchair athletes excelled on the course taking the top 3 places at the annual Siem Reap Half Marathon.
With the course winding its way through the World heritage Angkor Wat Temple site, Cambodia’s leading wheelchair racer Van Vun took Gold in 1st place (as expected) followed by Chhuon Nico's Silver in 2nd place and Ek Nhansamoth taking the Bronze medal in 3rd place.The CNVLD wheelchair athletes are now very close to reaching Paralympic qualifying times for the first time as a result of years of committed and highly disciplined daily training and the CNVLD atheles will particpate in regional games in 2013 + 14 as part of the Paralympic qualification process: Go Cambodia !
Read about Van Vun's victory in the Phnom Penh Post online
After a highly successful coaching tenure of 2 weeks by Australian Wheelchair basketball exert Gary Conner, 16 women from Battambang province are now hard at training 4 days per week at the Battambang Physical Rehabilitation Center in preparation for the selection of the 1st Cambodian Women’s Basketball National Team who will participate in the 2013 SEA Para Games in Myanmar.
Gary Connor has left a significant legacy behind with the team now highly motivated and committed to the disciplined weekly training program – Our thanks goes to DSR ( Australia) for the support to Gary’s tenure
AUSTRALIAN RED CROSS SUPPORT CNVLD'S DISABILITY SPORTS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 2012 The CNVLD is delighted and honored to announce that Australian Red Cross (ARC) will be supporting the CNVLD's 2012 Disability Sports Development Program. Australian Red Cross are coordinating the Australian Aid (AusAID) initiative of "Disability Inclusion For All" in Cambodia and AusAID have a historic relationship of support to the CNVLD since the inception of the CNVLD program in 1996. The support received from Australian Red Cross will be allocated towards the CNVLD Women's Wheelchair Basketball Program now commenced in Battambang and will include an expansion of the program to Kampong Speu and Kampong Chhnang provinces where CNVLD wheelchair basketball teams will be established in 2012 / 13 along with support to the Cambodian National Volleyball team in their preparations and advance training for the December 2012 WOVD Volleyball World Cup. The CNVLD is very pleased at its relationship of support and cooperation with 3 exceptionally important Red Cross organizations working in Cambodia being; International Red Cross, Cambodian Red Cross and Australian Red Cross and also acknowledges the support to the CNVLD Disability Sports Development program 2012 from the Cambodian Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation ( MOSVY) and Disability Sports and Recreation - DSR (Victoria, Australia)
Cambodian Women on a Roll… Lets (Rock ‘n) Roll: The CNVLD Women’s Wheelchair basketball Program moves forwards.
A 3-person film crew from ITN Channel 4 (U.K) led by presenter John Sparks has spent the past 4 days with the CNVLD including a visit to Battambang to meet the athletes selected for the CNVLD pilot project to develop wheelchair basketball for rural based Cambodian women with a disability. The TV crew also interviewed leading CNVLD Wheelchair Racer Van Vun about his efforts to participate in the 2012 London Paralympic Games and also had an exclusive interview with the Cambodian Minister for Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation; H.E Ith Sam Heng.
Channel 4 Presenter John Sparks interviewed many of the CNVLD athletes about their individual stories and their sporting aspirations while the Battambang athletes received 2 new CNVLD T-shirts each with the T-shirts displaying the logos of the CNVLD / DSR and the Canada Fund along with a bold statement in bright red Khmer Language text on the rear of the shirts which says: “Cambodian Women: Heroes”
During the visit MOSVY / ICRC staff from the Battambang Rehabilitation Center measured all athletes with the measurements now to be sent to DSR in Australia where new basketball wheelchairs will be purchased and shipped to Cambodian for a ceremonial handover to the teams by DSR representatives from Australia who will travel to Battambang in June 2012. The CNVLD’s excellent working relationship with the MOSVY / ICRC Center assists greatly in the implementation of a successful and effective sports program for Cambodian PWD’s – It’s a great cooperation indeed !
There is no doubt that there is now a committed group of CNVLD female athletes in Battambang, Cambodia raring to roll – all aspects of the program are now in place – the next roll is the arrival of the wheelchairs in May 2012 and then it’s down to long months of serious hard training so that a team is ready to compete regionally at the 2013 ASEAN Para Games to be held in Myanmar. The CNVLD Cambodian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball program gratefully acknowledges the support and assistance of Disability Sports and Recreation (Victoria, Australia), The CANADA Fund, International Red Cross and the Cambodian Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation.
krom (the group) release first single, i walked the line: A project of the CNVLD
" Raising awareness of the ability of Cambodian persons with a disability"
I walked the line, the debut single from krom was put on general release on vcd format in music stores across Phnom Penh, Cambodia on
The single has also been released for free download online at the Mekong Sessions You Tube site via the link: http://www.youtube.com/user/themekongsessions?feature=mhum
Built on a Kottkesque roll with Khmer+ English vocals and instrumentation, krom are the first band to debut on the newly launched Mekong Sessions label.
krom vocalist; Tata, a Cambodian woman with a disability expressed the desire for krom to act as a catalyst for more singers with a disability to gain greater employment opportunities in the entertainment business.
krom have released little information regarding future material or performances only hinting that their next single; a wee boogie called “ prahok” will be released in six months.
“Elusive, Exclusive and Reclusive” is the band motto and try as we might we can do nothing to change that,” a spokesman close to krom stated on condition on anonymity yesterday.
krom - the group:
minko: guitar and vocals
ian white: guitar
jimi baeck: accordion
brian webster: drums
kim bunthan: khmer violin
band matriarch: the om
The single: i walked the line
minko: music + words
ian white: producer
photography: luke duggleby
video: ian white + Darren campbell
artwork: Keith Kelly
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