Fitness programme for SOBD members to be launched

13 Sep


A group picture of Coach Ken Han with athletes from the Special Olympics Brunei Darussalam and volun-teers. – JAMES KON

|     James Kon     |

A GROUP of young athletes from the Special Olympics Brunei Darussalam (SOBD) enjoyed a fun-filled basketball session organised by Shooting Stars and Fitness Zone last Saturday in conjunction with the International Charity Day that falls in the month of September.

The session was conducted by Shooting Stars’ head coach, Ken Han with the aim of making basketball fun, simple and adaptable for special needs athletes.

The organisers also hoped that the session would encourage more special needs people to take up the sport.

Meanwhile, the Adaptive Fitness Programme for SOBD members and athletes will be launched on September 26 at Fitness Zone Kiulap.

The programme will be conducted by Rachael Lee, a Fitness Zone trainer and a member of Shooting Star’s coaching team, who said, “I am hoping for a good feedback and response in order to extend the programme to other non-profit organisations.”

The programme’s mission is to assist the SOBD in identifying special needs athletes for participation in future international games by focusing on the physical fitness and fundamental movements that are required to perform better in sports, she added.

Dawn Lee, the Volunteer Director from SOBD, said that basketball can help the special needs children develop their teamwork and, more importantly, social interaction skills as they play and interact with the volunteers.

She added that the activity can also raise the awareness of inclusion and respect for special needs people.

More information on the SOBD can be found on its social media page.

Source: Borneo Bulletin

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