Feb 20, 2015

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I2B updates

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

Alternative action sports by Chris
-I2B Year-End-Skim-Jam 2014- We ended the skim clubs off last year with a skimboard competition at Clifton Beach in Cape Town. What a great day. Thanks to all for supporting this event. Everyone were so stoked about the prizes especially the kids who won new skimboards.

-The I2B YearEndCup 2014- The skate clubs we ended off with a skate comp and sleep over at the I2B skatepark. Thanks to all the sponsors for the great prizes and everyone who supported this annual event. We hope to see you all end of 2015 again. Thanks to my wife for taking great pics, you can view more photos here: I2B YearEndCup photos.

-Christmas Breakfast Party

-I2B Macassar luanched- In partnership with the Macassar Jesus Bende, we had two skate events in Macassar and then we launched the I2B skate club beginning of this year.

-The other clubs we launched beginning of this year to run with their own coaches from their own communities using equipment that I2B supplies are:
I2B Belhar                          I2B Kleinvlei                       I2B Bonteheuwel

-Strand ramps burnt to the ground- Sadly the ramps that I2B built in Strand two years ago were set on fire and the metal sheets have been stolen. Going forward we will rather build ramps with concrete in open public areas.

Athletics for people with disabilities by Fanie
-Tembaletu School leavers Farewell- Encouraging the learners of Tembaletu to keep on working hard after school.

-Fairwell and planning weekend at RPC Riebeek Wes with the team-
 Suzanne Ferreira (Fanie's coach) organized a great weekend to celebrate the year of 2014 and plan for 2015.

-Maties Parasport TID Camp- HSPC organized a development camp through Stellenbosch University for some of the young athletes of Western Cape where some of the more experienced athletes of Maties helped coaching them. Myself and Anika Pretorius helped organizing the camp alongside my coach and Wentzel Barnard.

Thank you for your support and interest!

Chris and Fanie van der Merwe



E: chris@inspired2become.org 
C: 072 99 27 408  
W: www.inspired2become.org

Nov 21, 2014

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I2B updates

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


Alternative action sports by Chris
-Clubs feedback-
Pierre from I2B Kleinvlei got to use these skates over the school holiday:

Superman at the I2B Somerset West Club:

Zhacherie doing a 540 gap at the I2B Cloetesville Club. Please pray with us for the upgrade of this skatepark.

I just really want to thank Clifford Viljoen for his help with the ramps at the I2B Somerset West skatepark. Here is Cliff jumping over Scottie. Cliff was a pro rollerblader from 1997 – 2003 for Roces International, Senate Wheel & Clothing Co, Red Bull & SKF Bearings. Here is his website he launched recently: knucklehub.com It is great to see Cliff on skates again and I really believe it is God who sent him to the skatepark at this point of time.

-New I2B Club, Pebbles- The Pebbles Project (after school care for children from the Winelands farms) partnered with I2B to start a club for about 20 children every Wednesday at the I2B park. Thanks Scott and Cliff for your help!

-Launch of the I2B Bowl- The bowl is finally done. We launched it this month and we added a wall ride, how awesome is that! Thanks Lord that we got it done in time in-between all the rain and thanks to all the guys who jumped in and helped. May God bless you oaks for your hard work!

Athletics for people with disabilities by Fanie
-Bridging Abilities Fun day- I2B partnered with BA to create a fun day for kids all over the Western Cape, we ended off with a good braai on heritage day.

-MR&MS Paarl School Ambassador- A great experience being a judge at this significant event, where participants had to present their community project they , model in their recycled outfits and ended off in their evening formal wear. 
-Eendrag House Meeting- 
I got invited to Eendrag as a quest speaker and shared my story with the students.

-WP trials- 
We are exited about the new season and competitions has started.

Aug 29, 2014

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I2B updates

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

Alternative action sports by Chris
-The I2B Swakopmund Missions Trip- Inspired2Become went to Namibia to build some ramps, run a skate contest and do a skim clinic. 
The flyers that were going around in Swakop:

Below, the I2B Team from Somerset West and the Swakopmund locals. These are amazing people! We would like to thank them from the bottom of our hearts for all they did for us over there. We had two movie nights. One surf movie night and one skate movie night.

Building ramps till late.

The awesome indoor space we got blessed with to run the skate contest:

Prize giving: We shared some testimonies.

We ran a skim clinic on the Swakopmund main beach. 

Sunset on our off day at Donkey Bay.

-July Day Trip with some of the I2B Klienvlei club skaters.

-The I2B Skate Park made the local newspaper.

-Working hard to get the bowl level and ready for the summer.

Athletics for people with disabilities by Fanie
-Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games- congratulations to my coach on her birthday which was on race day. May you be blessed abundantly! Thank you for all you do for us. I believe it was a special birthday.

It was a privilege to have 3 SA athletes in the final of the men's 100m T37. The race ended with SA walking away with a gold, silver and 4th place.

We had opportunity to share our testimonies in the village. I also met some of the chaplains whom I will serve with in Swansea at the European Champs.

We also had a great time with the Common Wealth Games' chaplains.


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