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Oct 14, 2016

Look Back 15

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 (!

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
Apr 27, 2016

I2B youth programs going from strength to strength

I2B and CSA updates

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

Alternative action sports by Chris

New skate ramps for I2B Macassar

Last year we built a skate ramp for the I2B Macassar club but unfortunately it was stolen. This year we decided to build them a manual pad and rail to give the club a boost for 2016! It was great to spend some quality time with these ambitious skaters and also to partner with local people like Pastor David Ligwa.

Cloetesville park mini revamp

We have been trying to get permission from the municipality for quite some time to rebuild the I2B Skatepark in Cloetesvile but we are still waiting for the final papers to be approved. Until then the best we can do is to temporarily fix up parts of the tennis courts that are being used for skating.

It was an I2B Day!
During the school holidays we held an "It's an I2B Day" at the I2B Skatepark in Somerset West. Many skaters came to strut their stuff and enjoy a skate session.

Congratulations to Max Ahrens for getting added to the CS team!

Our I2B Skim Day was held on the coldest day of the holiday but this did not stop our skimmers from pulling off some amazing tricks! 

Cape Argus Sport Show
I had the privilege of rollerblading at the Cape Argus Sport Show at Sandringham farm near Stellenbosch. A special thank you to Brent and Melody Tuson for giving me this opportunity and for sponsoring our Kleinvlei skaters with tickets to join in the fun!

Athletics for people with disabilities by Fanie

Nationals 2016
We had an amazing time during Nationals in Bloemfontein. I am thankful for the family that I made throughout the years, all the support I received and to be able to finish my Nationals-career in my home province - where it all started.

Outreaches in Bloemfontein
During my time in Bloemfontein we also connected with the local community. Here we spent some time with younger athletes at the Martie du Plessis school.

We also visited a Rehabilitation Center.

Our time at Nationals was jam packed with a lot of activities... we had great fellowship, served some coffee and shared stories. Thanks to Tori, Julia and Chrissie for taking the lead. Thank you to Marius for sharing your story and also to everyone else who helped.

Visiting my hometown
It was amazing to spend some time with old friends and getting to know some new family member in my hometown, Virginia.

We even had a race for the fun of it!

It was also great to connect and encourage some friends at Repairite.

Educational Therapy by Jami
Therapy at Raithby
I started giving small group therapy after screening some of the learners at Raithby Primary School. I mainly focused on Phono-Graphix Therapy (reading and writing) with the younger grades. I also started giving language therapy to a group of isiXhosa learners who have to follow the curriculum in Afrikaans as Raithby is an Afrikaans medium school. Already I have seen progress during the few sessions I have worked with these amazing children!

Chris and I started revamping the therapy room at Raithby. It was a bigger job than we had initially thought but we are excited to see what the end result is going to look like!



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The Inspired2Become Team

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