Apr 5, 2017

Shining a light

Alternative action sports by Chris

I2B Cloeteville club
Our I2B Cloetesville turnout has been especially large the last couple of weeks. 

While still waiting for permission to start building their concrete park, we are maintaining the rail and cement area on which the kids can practice their skills.

Our older skaters have been really loyal and have continuously set a very good example to the other young club members.

A day in the life of an I2B Skate Coach...

I2B Kleinvlei Club
We recently fixed I2B Kleinvlei club's skate rail. 

The club members also started building a skate box (on their own!) and I came to help with the final touches.

Ultimate X skateboards sponsorship
We are really grateful for the cool new skateboards that were donated to the I2B kids.

Kogel Bay skim outing
Friends, Gareth and Dylan, flew down all the way from Nelspruit to join us at a skating competition in Cape Town. They also joined our skimboarding club and we decided to make the club session extra special by taking everyone to Kogel Bay for a skim. Out of everyone there, our dogs most probably enjoyed it the most!


I2B Surfing

Moose and his I2B Surfing crew have been surfing really hard. His team has also recently started coaching kids from Bright Lights safehouse. The children have really grown very fond of their new sport and new mentors.

Athletics for people with disabilities by Fanie

Maties Para-Athletics Camp
We invited the schools from Western Province to join our annual camp. We had just under 20 athletes who joined. 

It was great to spend time with the athletes and to see their enthusiasm.

New I2B athletes
Nur has been looking for a guide for quite some time and Clinton was keen to start guiding an athlete... and so, the two joined forces. I am really excited to see this duo competing at Nationals!

Exterra Warriors - Grabouw
Inspired 2 Become partnered with other ogranisations and entered groups for an endurance competition in Grabouw - the groups focussed on swimming, cycling and trail running.

Visiting Vergenoegd Primer and Olifantsriver Centre
Myself, Thabo and Karin visited Vergenoegd Primer and Olifantsriver Centre for Persons with Disabilities. We shared our stories with the awesome kids and on the same day we went to Vredendal to plan a disability sport awareness day.

Educational Therapy by Jami

Starting therapy
The children at Raithby Primary were very eager to start therapy again and we believe that good things lie ahead for all of them this year.


Ethan and Aldorico wrote down their dreams for the year and afterwards they composed a short rap and beat-box about it!

Jan 11, 2017

Look Back 16

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

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

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"!

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