The Kompong Speu Global Giving Scorpions volleyball team will travel to Ream Naval Base on 22 September to play against a team from HMAS Darwin.
As part of the ongoing ‘Stand Up Challenge’ and in recognition of the historic bonds of solidarity and friendship between the Kingdom of Cambodia, Australia and the CNVLD, the Kompong Speu Global Giving Scorpions volleyball team will play against the HMAS Darwin volleyball team as part of the Cambodian Navy / Australian Department of Defence Sports Afternoon.
The HMAS Darwin is a long-range Adelaide Class escort frigate that undertakes roles including area air defence, anti-submarine warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. The ship is capable of countering simultaneous threats from the air, surface and sub-surface.
Since 2005, the CNVLD has played matches against teams from HMAS Adelaide (2005, 2007), HMAS Toowoomba (2006) and HMAS Bathhurst (2008) with the Kompong Speu CTN Koupreys and Kompong Speu Global Giving Scorpions winning on all four occasions. During their visits to Cambodia, the Australian Defence Forces also engage in local community work, such as helping to build schools and latrines.
The Kompong Speu Global Giving Scorpions are one of the most exciting, dynamic teams in the 2009 Cellcard National Volleyball League. The Scorpions are coached by Pin Sarath, one of the outstanding members of the Cambodian National Team who took Bronze at the historic 2007 WOVD Cambodia Standing Volleyball World Cup and will also play a key role in the Cambodian Team’s attempt to claim World #1 at the 2009 WOVD Cambodia Standing Volleyball World Cup scheudled for December.
The Scorpions currently stand 2nd in the 2009 Cellcard National Volleyball League standings and are striving hard for a place in the 2009 Grand Finals at the Olympic Syadium Phnom Penh on 16th October 2009.
Since 2007, the CNVLD Armed Art programme has provided a unique perennial trophy designed by Australian engineer and ABV Val Sutherland and manufactured from destroyed weapons to the winners of the Annual Australian Defence Forces - CNVLD Volleyball Match. Yet having been torpedoed by the Athletes with a Disability of Cambodia on the last four occasions, the Armed Art trophy has yet to take pride of place in the Australian Embassy Phnom Penh.
The CNVLD wishes to thank the Australian Government Department of Defence and the servicemen and women of HMAS Darwin for their continued support for the Athletes with a Disability of Cambodia and the Kompong Speu Global Giving Scorpions look forward once again to battle on the court of Ream!
The CNVLD and Australian Defence Forces:
Standing Up Together in Support of the Athletes with a Disability of Cambodia
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