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Alternative action sports by Chris

I2B Year End Cup 2016
On the 10th and 11th of December Inspired2Become held the annual I2B Year End Cup at the I2B Skatepark in Somerset West!

  

  


A lot of hard work went into preparing for this event. Firstly, we had to fix the last part of the bowl that burnt in the beginning of the year.

  

Another addition to the park was the new quarter pipe we had to build in less than a week's time! With the help of our park supervisor (Godfrey), some local skaters and an old employee of the park (Scott), we managed to finish the ramp at 1am the evening before the event!

  

Besides fixing up damaged ramps and building new ones, we also gave the park a new paint coat which made it feel as good as new.

  

  

We were very thankful to have received amazing sponsored prizes from a variety of companies/individuals. 

  

Thanks to our sponsors not one youngster had an empty spot in their tummy over the weekend!

  
 
On Saturday evening many of the skate club members slept over in the skatepark. They found it somewhat challenging to gather up enough energy for the best trick comp the following day:-)

  

Congratulations to everyone who competed in the I2B Year End Cup - to those who won and to those who gave it their all. We are extremely proud of each and every one of you!

    

    

I2B Year End Skim Jam 2016
On the 3rd of December we had our annual I2B Skim Jam at Camps Bay. We were surprised at the amount of skimboarders who joined the event and it was great getting skimmers from different areas together.

  

Thank you to eveyone from the USA who supported us with some awesome prizes!

  

Gayson's Gr. 7 Farewell
One of the I2B Gordons Bay club members, Gayson, recently had his Gr. 7 farewell. During previous skimboarding competitions Gayson and his friends met fellow-skimboarder Cameron. They also laid their eyes upon his racing car and decided months ago to ask him to chauffeur Gayson to his Gr. 7 Farewell. 

  

And so, myself, Gayson and Cameron (or as the kids like to call him Supersonic) buckled up and enjoyed sharing this special moment together.

  

HaveHeart 2016
HaveHeart held their annual longboarding competition. Inspired2Become also took a few ramps to the event and held a small skateboarding competition for the local skaters. Congratulations to the HaveHeart team for organizing yet another great event!

  

  

Ending off I2B Clubs
We had the last club sessions for the year. Thank you to all the loyal club members for growing and giving your all this year!

I2B Bonteheuwel Club:
  

I2B Kleinvlei Club:
  

I2B Cloetesville Club:
  

I2B Bright Lights Club:
  

I2B Strand Club:
  

I2B Somerset West Club:
  

I2B Strand Skim Club:
  

I2B Gordons Bay Skim Club:



I2B Surfing

One of the highlights of 2016 was to have Moose van Papendorp form part of the I2B Team!
  

Moose started his own I2B Surf Club and he is coaching youngsters from Nomzamo and Zola at the Strand Beach once a week.
  
  


His heart is really to see children's lives change and to be a father to the fatherless. 
  

Moose, we are so excited to have you part of the I2B Team and look forward to see what surprises next year will hold!
  



Athletics for people with disabilities by Fanie

Celebration!
We recently celebrated the Paralympics as well as the Green Point Stadium being named after Wade van Niekerk.



Maties Para Sport Function:



Sharing my story
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Oct 14, 2016

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Alternative action sports by Chris

New equipment
These four Cloetesville club members were very excited about their new boards and have literally been skating every single day during the school holidays!



Cloetesville new members
We had some new members join our Cloetesville club. As you can see on the photo, the tennis courts are not ideal for skating. We are still waiting on the local municipality to finalize and approve our application for building the new skatepark.



New I2B Cloach
Grant is one of Inspired2Become's first club members and has been part of the team for approximately 5 years. Recently Grant decided to help out with coaching the skaters at the I2B Kleinvlei club. 



Bowl progress
Slowly but surely the bowl is starting to take shape. This is what the progress looks like so far:



Rainy skim days
When the rain interrupts our skimboarding sessions, we opt for the next best thing - coffee! 



Damien's new board
Damien is super stoked about his new skimboard. Thanks to Andrew Greybe from GREYB Skim for the support.

                              

Athletics for people with disabilities by Fanie

Unashamedly Ethical Awards 2016
We had an amazing evening during this event and I feel privileged to have been awarded for making an impact in the community.



Impact All Ability Camp
Some of I2B's athletes and some of The Ark's children (where Thabo Dube is involved) joined the Impact All Ability leadership camp.



Eurotrip 2016 Continue
We are privileged to train and race in Europe for 5 weeks.



Here we are taking an ICE bath!

                 

We had time for a braai at Charl's brother in London - it really felt like home away from home!



We attended the Anniversary Games in the London Paralympic Stadium.

                              

We also celebrated my coach, Suzanne's, birthday. Thank you Suzanne for your selfless love - we appreciate you! 





Enrico March
Enrico is a former I2B athlete and I went to visit him just before we went overseas. It is amazing to see how his life has changed!




Educational Therapy by Jami

Educational material
After hearing about the room at Raithby School that got vandalized, Monique van Staden felt it on her heart to donate some educational material she is not using anymore. Below is just a few of the things she has donated. Thank you so much for your kind heart, Monique, and for also seeing the need of others and of our children.



Therapy continues
At the end of the second term I formally assessed certain identified learners who might have to be placed in other schools. I also continued with therapy as usual.

The children at Raithby are such a lovable bunch.  They are inquisitive and eager to learn - this makes therapy so much easier and so much fun!



Here Ali-Dean and Lee-Roy are catching the beat while singing "In the Jungle"!

Jul 20, 2016

I2B Lookback

I2B and CSA updates

What we've been doing to inspire the youth....



Inspired2Become has a new WEBSITE!

Inspired2Become is very excited to announce that we launched our brand new website! Jolande Jardim from the Cyrus Trust worked very hard in making our website look amazing and we are so grateful for all the hard work that she has put into it. Crab a cup of coffee, some biscuits, find a comfortable seat and go and have a look (www.inspired2become.org)!




Alternative action sports by Chris

Inspired2Become on Kyknet
Bibi Slippers from the Kyknet TV series Flits came to do an interview with me regarding Inspired2Become's action sports clubs.



Flits featured this short insert of Inspired2Become on South Africa's Youth Day 2016.



Skate deck for Cloetesville skater
Congratulations Cheslin on getting a new deck!

                             

Bowl progress
We anticipated to have finished the bowl already but due to a lack of time and a busy schedule, we are still in the process of fixing it. This is what it looks like so far:  



It's an I2B Day
A special thank you goes out to Jaden from I2B Somerset West for designing a very cool flyer for our "It's an I2B Day" at the I2B Skatepark in Somerset West. Jaden is a gr. 9 learner and a regular local skater at the park. He is helping with this event as part of a school project.

                 

New members
The I2B skimboarding club in Strand recently had some new members joining the club. These two girls bravely faced the cold and eagerly tried to skimboard for the very first time.



Sandiso and Apelele created an art piece on a skimboard at the club. It is Africa with sun rays behind it.

                               



Athletics for people with disabilities by Fanie

U/20 Springboks
I had the opportunity to share my story with the young Boks at SAS to motivate them before they go to the World Cup!



Grand Prix in Switzerland
Our start for the Grand Prix Series was held in Switzerland. We had some great races with Dyan Buis, Arnu Fourie and Charl du Toit running their personal best. 



Congratulations to Charl du Toit who ran an African record in the 400m and a World Record in the 100m on the same day.



Helderberg Residence Fitness Group
I shared my journey with the Helderberg Residence Fitness Group and afterwards we had a Q and A session.

 

New athlete
Paul is a double amputee who started training with us. Here he is going for classification:

                 

Educational Therapy by Jami

Making my room "vandalize-proof"
After we renovated the room I use for therapy at Raithby primary, someone broke in over a weekend and vandalized the room. Chris and I then went to put up a door with a lock to keep it from happening again.
 
        



Therapy at Raithby
I continued giving therapy to the lovely children at Raithby. I am so inspired by the amount of hard work and passion the teachers show toward their learners.  

What I particularly like about this small farm school, is the way they teach their children to look after animals. This is a picture of Bonzo. Bonzo follows his little owner to school every day and has his spot reserved for him in class! At the end of a very busy school day, Bonzo says goodbye to all the children and teachers and faithfully accompanies his little owner back home. 



Meeting at Sentinel Primary, Hout Bay
I had a meeting with the parents of one of the referred learners in Sentinel Primary. We discussed the therapy home program I started developing for this learner. Her teacher, Elke Wicht from the Hangbrg Educational Trust, and parents will do the program exercises with her at school and at home.  

 

Thank you for your support and interest!

The Inspired2Become Team
 
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