Boland Deaf Sports Association
This is the first report of the BDSA activity since July 2010 and I am very proud to say that it was a good year. BDSA had a few meetings to keep the codes updated on the activities of the WCDSF and funds received from NLDTF. I am very pleased to say that a representative from De la Bat School attended our meeting as well.
Our aim for the past year was for Development to include school children from De la Bat School. The volunteer trainers were as follow:
Badminton: Johnny van Aswegen and Noeline Vice
Cricket: Selwyn du Plessis
Soccer: Ngu Isidore
With the funds received from NLDTF, we were able to purchase the laptops, equipment, clothing and kits for Athletics, Cricket, Netball and Soccer. I am currently taking the computer course at Creative Minds with the help of an interpreter, Ds Jan Oberholzer.
2nd WC Deaf 10km marathon:
Five athletes, including one junior from De La Bat School took part at the 10km marathon. I want to say thank you to Mr. N Roelofse for his arrangements for the Deaf to be included in the Rainbow Marathon.
Please view the Athletic Page for more info and photos of the Marathon.
Some of the De La Bat School children attended their SA School Athletics Championships. Admar Claassen won three medals, 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze. Congratulations Admar, you have made us proud. Keep up your good work.
Johnny van Aswegen trains the senior learners on Tuesdays and Thursdays and N. Vice trains the junior learners on Wednesday afternoons. Thank you for your time and willingness.
Thank you, Selwyn du Plessis for making time from your work to make it possible to train the learners.
Unfortunately development in Cycling has come to a standstill, but I believe next year will be better.
Some of our ladies have attended the structure courses at Bellville and I trust they have learned how it works.
The swimming is our highlight for the year 2011. Five pupils from De la Bat School have joined Worcester Swimming Club and are registered with WP Aquatic. They received excellent training from Ingrid vd Westhuizen a qualified professional trainer. The best news is Shaun Smit was selected for the SA Deaf Team to compete in the World Deaf Swim Championships in Coimbra in Portugal. Even though he did not win any medals, he did break his own personal record. Big congratulations and thanks to Coronel Louw, newly elected chairperson of WC Deaf Swimming for her hard work. We do appreciate it very much.
I am pleased to say the Soccer Development has established the club “Worcester Deaf Football” and have affiliated to the Breedevalley Football League. Matches took place almost every Saturday and Sunday and currently rank 7th out of 14 which is very good as they have only joined this year. On behalf of Chuliso Sinjwane, I attended the Boland SAFA meetings with the help of interpreters.
The courses for umpires and referees are still under negotiation and sometimes it is difficult to get their full attention regarding the needs of the Deaf.
I would like to say a special thank you to Elsa Maritz, Ds Jan Oberholzer and Vernon Vice for making themselves available to interpret for us throughout the year. Without them communication would not have improved.
The positive reports above are solely thanks to the financial support of NLDTF they have made a huge difference to athletes in Boland and we believe they will continue for the year 2012 and onwards.
Thank you to BDSA members, De la Bat School and volunteers for your hard work and your input to keep BDSA’s name high. I do appreciate it very much.
Yours in Sport
From back to front row: Ngu Isidore; Tim Stones; Johan Niemand; Johan Reyneke; Selwyn du Plessis; Aliseen Isidore; Retha Verwey; Johnny van Aswegen
We had our annual function on the 22 September 2011 and want to say thank you to Cecile de Wet and Pietjie vd Westhuizen for their hard work and organizational skills. It was very beautiful and we enjoyed it very much. The awards for the best players went to Shaun Smit for Swimming and Admar Claasen for Athletics.
Boland Deaf Sportsperson of the Year 2011 is Shaun Smit.