Bali Beach Games an All-day Success
Looking back on a year of sport in Bali with Bali Sports Foundation
"Sport changes lives". You’ve heard the expression before, but it came home to me very poignantly at the Bali Beach Games on Sunday when a young man told me how he was going “off the rails” and that getting involved in sport had pulled him back from the brink.
Now that is just a side-line story, doubtless true for many young people, but the main reasons people get involved in one sport or another are the feeling of fitness, and in the case of team sport, the camaraderie of the team, and this applies at practice, during games, and afterwards. Most spectator sports can also involve the family. What is better for a father than to hear a son or daughter’s voice joining the wife from the sidelines shouting encouragement? Of course sporting mothers also need some cheering.
Sport can also bring new meaning and a feeling of worth to handicapped people, and nobody has done more for this cause, and sport in general in Bali, than Rodney Holt, the main mover behind much of what goes on in the clubs and on the sports fields of Bali.
So what a pleasure it was to see handicapped local people involved in the Bali Beach Games on Sunday at Pantai Mertasari (that’s Mertasari Beach) at the bottom of Jalan Pengembak, South Sanur.
The Games ran from 7:00 to well beyond 17:00 when the 5-a-side finalists competed for the winning title. Handicapped people competed in Wheel-chair Basketball, then later in the bench-press. One could only marvel at the courage and determination of these young men trying to lift the heaviest weights, while strapped to the bench for support and safety.
Teams from Singapore and the USA competed in soccer, rugby, cricket and volley-ball games throughout the day. Strong rivalry on the sand pitches was followed by hand-shakes and hugs, when competitors realised “it was only a game”.
2013 Bali Beach Games Results
Beach Soccer Final.
After several games during the day, sometimes on 2 separate pitches, the final was played between 2 Singapore clubs.
SCC (Singapore Cricket Club) beat Team Friendly (SIN 5 :2)
Wheelchair Basketball 3 on 3 Final
Mitrais 15 beat Aneka 10
Beach Cricket Final Standings
Junior High Boys
1 SMPN 11 Denpasar
2 SMP Nasional
3 SMPN 6 Denpasar
Senior High Boys
2 SMKN 3 Denpasar
3 SMAN 5 Denpasar
|Bangun Putra Agun||19||1.21.38||2nd|
|Rahmat Alam Semesta||12||1.29.49||2nd||Junior|
|Stefanie Citrajaya +3 team members||1.55.26|
Bench Press Results
|Woman||1. Wayan Wartini||37.5 kg|
|Male||1. Wayan Sugianto||105 kg|
|2. Gede Suantaka||90 kg|
|3. Vincentus Opaf||80 kg|
|Open||1. Brendan||90 kg|
|2. Ben||70 kg|
|3. Jarl||60 kg|
That ends a busy year for the Bali Sports Foundation in 2013, which started with the U14 Road to Singapore Soccer 6's on 24th March and the BSF Junior Karate Tournament on 2nd April.
17th - 18th May saw the U14 Tour to Singapore and 25th May – 1st June the 2nd Bali International Cricket Twenty/20
1st June was the 4th Coaltrans Soccer 6's and 2nd June Coaltrans Cricket 6's.
7th July saw the 4th Bali Ocean Swim at Kuta, and 11th – 14th July the historic1st Bali ParaGames.
9th – 11th August saw crowds being entertained on Sanur Beach in the 8th Bali HOTAIR! Kitesurf.
After a lull in the hotter months, the 1st Bali International Stick Fighting Challenge & Special Needs Martial Arts Seminar took place on 9th November and theBSF Special Needs Swimming Carnival on 23rd November.
Finally, Bali just experienced the 1st Bali Beach Games on 30th November – 1stDecember. All participants want to see a continuation next year.
Sports to look forward to in 2014 BSF Events :
6th July - 5th Bali Ocean Swim
24th – 27th July - 2nd Bali ParaGames
2nd – 3rd August - 5th Bali International Charity Soccer Sixes.
If you are young and sporty, or just young at heart, get in contact with one of the Sports Clubs either direct or through Rodney Holt on 08 11 388 766. Rodney can probably do with some trainers and referees. If you are past chasing a ball or lifting the weights. Come and lend a hand.
If you have some spare cash doing nothing, it can be put to good use for equipment, transport and many other avenues connected with sports. Remember that many young people on the Island are just waiting to get involved but don’t have the financial means. Go on, give them a hand-up! You might even be encouraging a future Olympic champion representing Indonesia.
More photos here.