| Abdul Hakiim Yakof |
SPECIAL Olympics Brunei Darussalam (SOBD) with the support of The Empire Hotel & Country Club, has once again organised the Unified Bowling Competition.
This was held in conjunction with Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day, in honour of the founder of Special Olympics, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. The competition was held yesterday at The Empire Golf & Country Club.
The guest of honour was Thiri Kyi Win, Sports Manager for The Empire Hotel & Country Club. Also present were Haji Mahrub bin Haji Murni, Chairperson of SOBD and Lt Col (Rtd) Pg Haji Rambli bin Pg Hj Bunut, Vice Chairperson of SOBD.
The event began with a recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah by a representative of SOBD followed by a brief introduction of Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day and SOBD by Mindy Koay @ Ow Seok Min.
“Since 2004, SOBD has participated actively in many sports competitions including two Special Olympics World Summer Games, in Shanghai, China (2008) and in Athens, Greece (2011); Borneo Cup, Kinabalu Challenge, Asia Pacific Bocce, and recently in 2013, the 1st Asia Pacific Games in Newcastle, Australia.
“It is our hope to send our athletes to participate in the next World Summer Games that will be held in Los Angeles, California, USA in July 2015,” she said.
“In this opportunity, on behalf of SOBD, I would like to extend our gratitude and appreciation to The Empire Hotel & Country Club and the Megastrike Bowl, Airport Mall, for providing us with the venues for our weekly bowling practice. Thank you for the continuous support rendered.”
The competition was then launched by the guest of honour, Thiri Kyi Win and Hj Mahrub as they carried out the first bowling throws.
SOBD was founded in April 2004 as a non-profit, non-government organisation (NGOs) which works closely with several government ministries as well as other Brunei-based NGOs.
The mission of SOBD is to provide individuals with intellectual disabilities with opportunities to participate in Olympic-type sports such as Bocce, Football and Bowling, while promoting a healthy lifestyle through healthy bodies, healthy minds and healthy attitudes.
Special Olympics fosters competitive spirit and allows individuals with intellectual disabilities to be exposed to a world and cultures beyond their own.