Cambodian Disability Sports Development


Dear colleagues and friends of the CNVLD The CNVLD, one of Cambodia’s most unique NGO’s with a hard-line policy of international standard financial transparency along with ensuring that 80 % of total income is allocated as direct support to Cambodian athletes with a disability and the landmine survivors of Cambodia, is very proud to announce the launch of a new website showcasing the internationally recognized sports and development programs of the CNVLD. This website is devoted to the upcoming international tour of the CNVLD Exhibition “ To Be Deter-Mined” and showcases the work and achievements of the CNVLD’ sport and development programs through a series of photo essays from some of the world's best photographers including Luke Duggleby, Tim Page and John Vink from Magnum along with images of sculptures from the Exhibition which are manufactured from destroyed weapons Please enjoy The CNVLD: the only Cambodian NGO to receive a UN Best Practices Award – celebrating our 10th year in 2010


2010 ANZ Royal Wheelie Grand Prix Hits the Roads

The 28 athletes competing in the 2010 ANZ Royal Wheelie Grand Prix hit the roads this week as training began in earnest at the 5 racing clubs based around the country. Now enjoying its 4th consecutive year of exclusive sponsorship by ANZ Royal Bank, the 2010 ANZ Royal Wheelie Grand Prix is already shaping up to be the most competitive ever.

Phnom Penh Racing Team: 7 Athletes


Newly appointed Coach, Reigning National Male Champion and Paralympic candidate Van Vun has stepped up the pace of the Phnom Penh team by bringing in 3 new young athletes to join the well-established crew of Sin Sopha, Souen Vanna, Mok Samkhan.

Battambang Women’s Racing Team: 5 athletes

Based: ICRC Battambang

Coach Sieng Sokchan aims to continue her teams’ domination of the Women category in 2010 after Krouen Vannon blasted to consecutive victories in 2009 with Tor Chanta close behind. Former Champion Yob Nom who took maternity leave in 2009 hopes to make a comeback later in 2010.

Kompong Speu Racing Team: 6 athletes

Based: ICRC Kompong Speu

Coach Ek Leng will be missing his star female athlete and 2008 Champion Loet Ngait for the early part of 2010 as she takes maternity leave. The CNVLD wishes her the best of health for her new-born!

Kien Khleang Racing Team: 5 athletes

Based: Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre

Coach Pov Sophal, increasingly acknowledged as the most successful coach in Cambodian wheelchair racing history, will be pushing his top athletes Eng Laihourn and Yim Sophal even harder this year to challenge his former protégés Van Vun and Soeun Vanna who have dominated the podium positions since 2008. With a crack 5-man team and a strict training regime expect the KK Racing Team to feature in the top times in 2010.

Kompong Chnnang: 5 athletes

Coach Cheom Sophanna, once the youngest coach in CNVLD history, is now regarded as a seasoned veteran and continues to impress with consistent finishes. Sophanna is determined to break the stranglehold of the Phnom Penh based male athletes to become the first provincial male podium finisher during the 2010 season. 2007 Female Champion Um Sophat made her return after maternity leave in 2008 in the last race of the year in 2009 and is expected to mount a spirited challenge in 2010 against the domination of the Battambang team in the women’s category.

With two months hard training ahead before the 1st Round competition in Phnom Penh, 2010 will also see the continuation and expansion of the CNVLD Volunteer programme with the ANZ Royal Wheelie Grand Prix being managed and staffed entirely by Cambodians in line with the CNVLD’s objective of complete localisation by 2015.

ANZ Royal Bank staff continue to stand up as leaders in local corporate social responsibility by volunteering in great numbers to ensure the event is remains at the cutting edge of Cambodian sports event management.

World Cup Photo essay from Luke Duggleby

Please refer to:

From Cambodia to Geelong, with London 2012 in sightLIZ GOOCH January 5, 2010

The Age Newspaper - Australia - Jan 5 issue

Van Vun trains for the 2012 Paralympics. Leigh Henningham Picture Editor The Age 03 9601 2682 2 More pics of Van Vun, Liz van vun batch 4. cheers Rahman 2Mobile +60 16 2462 977 SPECIAL

FOR much of his young life, Van Vun's view of the world has been obscured by people's kneecaps.

A bout of polio when he was 18 months old left him unable to use his legs, so he relied on his arms to heave himself across the fields where his parents grew rice and vegetables near the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.

Now 23, Van Vun's carved biceps are propelling him far beyond his family's fields, and he has a clear vision of the future that awaits him.

Ranked No. 1 in Cambodia across all distances in wheelchair racing and with his sights set on the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Van Vun will arrive in Geelong on Friday for an eight-day training camp organised by Parallel Sports, a volunteer group affiliated with Athletics Victoria.

Van Vun , who is making his first trip overseas, will return home with a new wheelchair donated by Parallel Sports.

''I hope I can learn a lot in Australia and show that Cambodian athletes can compete with international athletes with pride,'' he said.

Van Vun, who only began attending school when he got his first wheelchair at the age of 15, is an example of how sport is helping change lives in a country that has one of the world's highest concentrations of disabled people.

In 2006, when he was studying electrical repairs at a rehabilitation centre in Phnom Penh, Van Vun heard about the wheelchair racing program organised by the Cambodian National Volleyball League (Disabled) and signed up immediately.

Before he started competing, Van Vun said, no one wanted to talk to him. ''People looked down on me,'' he said.

Now a national hero, police stop traffic for him when he is training on the streets of Phnom Penh. He says he feels as though people treat him like a ''normal person''.

Chris Minko, an Australian from Myrtleford, is secretary-general of the Cambodian National Volleyball League (Disabled), and was recently honoured for his services to Cambodians with disabilities with an award from the country's Prime Minister, Hun Sen.

He said Van Vun was an example of how sport could help Cambodia's most marginalised citizens regain their self-esteem and physical wellbeing to become active members of the community.

Kaye Colman, vice-president of Parallel Sports, said Van Vun would train alongside some of Victoria's best wheelchair athletes and several Japanese athletes at the camp, taking part in three training sessions a day - on the track, in the gym and the pool.

She said the group decided to give Van Vun a new wheelchair to help him in his bid to qualify for the London Paralympics.

CNVLD World Cup Volunteers – The Face of the New Cambodia

The success of the Cambodia Cellcard 2009 WOVD Volleyball World Cup must be credited in no small degree to the outstanding dedication of the 200+ young Cambodian volunteers from Cellcard and Digital Divide Data who staffed the event.

Volunteerism is still in its infancy in local corporate and social culture and the young staff from Cellcard and DDD are pioneering the new face of Cambodia by Standing Up in support of showcasing Cambodia to the athletes with a disability of the world

All were exceptionally proud to be a part of the event and many became famous overnight with their daily appearances on live-to-air CTN broadcasts as court moppers, ball monitors, assistant scorers, commentators, water monitors and event assistants. Some had had experience with the Cellcard Cambodian National Volleyball League but most had never helped with any public event before and the Cambodia Cellcard 2009 WOVD Volleyball World Cup was the largest international sports event hosted in Phnom Penh in the last 40 years. Often working long hours without breaks either before or after their shifts, not once did any of the volunteers complain. Their enthusiasm, willingness to learn, professionalism and positive attitude under great pressure throughout the tournament brought them the respect, praise and congratulations from the international teams, WOVD and local organising committee alike.

Special mention and gratitude must go to the respective Volunteer Coordinators who did a fantastic job of organising their staff in cooperation with the CNVLD. Mr Socheat and Mr Pheakadey from DDD and Mr Kuch Sophal from Cellcard demonstrated beyond doubt that a new generation of young professionals are actively contributing to Cambodia becoming recognised as the ASEAN Centre for Disability Sport and its ability to host international standard events. They are the new face of Cambodia.

The CNVLD also thanks, Mr Thearen, Mr Oro and Mr Danith who staffed the Cambodia Cellcard 2009 WOVD Volleyball World Cup Hotel Cambodiana for the duration of the event. Thanks to their work, information, transportation, packed lunches and special requirements were all handled with consummate professionalism.

Cellcard and DDD also deserve equal recognition for allowing large proportions of their workforce the time off to volunteer. Many staff worked double shifts and targets were shifted to account for the impact of the event and the CNVLD salutes their enthusiasm and groundbreaking corporate social responsibility in Standing Up in support of the Cambodia Cellcard 2009 WOVD Volleyball World Cup.

The CNVLD and the Volunteers of Cellcard and DDD: Standing Up Together to Showcase Cambodia’s Ability to Host International Standard Sports Events.

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Christopher Minko

Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh Cambodia

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Map of Cambodian Disability Sports Development