As many might know, Fanie finished his athletics career after winning a bronze medal in the 100m T37 class at the Brazil Paralympics last year in September. Fanie and his brother, Chris, were co-founders of Inspired 2 Become in 2010. He now works full-time under Inspired 2 Become where he runs the athletics for youth with disabilities program as well as I2B Wood. We are extremely excited to see what the year will hold for him and his athletes!
In order to support his full-time programs, we are currently wanting to put a new team of people together who’s hearts are to take hands in developing the youth. Not everyone has the time to be on the ground with children and, on the other hand, not everyone has the finances to run programs. That is why team effort is key.
Some people who join the team can only commit to R50 or R100 a month, and that is still a real blessing! With supporters/team members being committed, it also helps with the planning and long term sustainability of our projects (we are currently doing athletics for youth with disabilities, educational therapy, surf, skim, skate clubs and ChristianSkatersAfrica).
The highlight for us the past month was to help at the annual UltimateX competition at Grand West. We were asked to add two of our ramps to the competition’s park.
These ramps were still stationed in Franschoek before moving it and it was quite a mission to get it on the trailer and take it through to Cape Town. Please let me know if you would like to help us get the other ramps to the I2B Somerset West park (this is the old Knysna skatepark that has been donated to I2B. Thanks so much to Marc Kent.)
Thanks to Bruce, Josh, Connor, Godfrey, Max, Zemke, Gareth, Dylan and CS Cape Town for helping us to move, setup and set-down the ramps.
Gareth and Dylan from Christian Skaters Mpumalanga and Gsk8t flew down all the way from Nelspruit to join the rest of the CS crew at the Ultimate X event in Cape Town. They also joined our skimboarding club and we decided to make the club session extra special by taking everyone to Kogel Bay for a skim.
Out of everyone there, the dogs most probably enjoyed it the most!
Myself, Thabo and Karin visited Vergenoegd Primer and Olifantsriver Centre for Persons with Disabilities. We shared our stories with the awesome kids and on the same day we went to Vredendal to plan a disability sport awareness day.
The children at Raithby Primary were very eager to start therapy again and we believe that good things lie ahead for all of them this year.
Moose and his I2B Surfing crew have been surfing really hard. His team has also recently started coaching kids from Bright Lights safehouse. The children have really grown very fond of their new sport and new mentors.
We invited the schools from Western Province to join our annual camp. We had just under 20 athletes who joined.
It was great to spend time with the athletes and to see their enthusiasm.
We would like to thank World Skateboarding Federation and Markus Museler from Old School Productions for donating really cool new skateboards to the kids at I2B after we helped at UltimateX.