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.
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