Cricket Indonesia wins International Cricket Council awards
Cricket Indonesia has been rewarded for their exceptional work in developing the game of cricket across Indonesia. The International Cricket Council (ICC) East Asia - Pacific Region recently announced the winners of their annual Regional Development Program Awards, with Cricket Indonesia receiving two awards, “Best Junior Cricket Initiative Award” and the “Best Cricket Promotion and Marketing Award”. During the presentations, it was detailed that these awards were due recognition for several of Cricket Indonesia’s initiatives, including combining drinking milk, the sport of cricket and environmental awareness amongst junior cricket players, a program that was outlined in a recent edition of ‘This Sporting Life’. Along with the other East Asia - Pacific Region award winners, Cricket Indonesia will now join winners from the four other International Development Program Regions at the ICC Global Awards, with winners to be announced on 13th March 2008. These awards were established to recognize exceptional performance and service to the game of cricket in all associate and affiliate member countries, and aims to recognize these contributions among all levels of cricket development.
Meanwhile, after already instigating the Ultramilk Discover Cricket Program in Bali, the program was recently launched in Bandung, Java. Thanks to the work of Cricket Indonesia Coaches Yeri Rosongna and Zackaria Awang, both of whom were introduced to the game and received coaching qualifications in Bali, school children from as many as 20 different schools have participated in this inaugural program in Bandung over the last couple of months. It is now planned that these schools will receive training on a regular basis with assistance from their local sports teachers as well as Cricket Indonesia coaches over the next few months. These training programs will culminate in a regional tournament to be held in June 2008.
Through the Discover Cricket Program sponsored by PT Ultrajaya, Cricket Indonesia aims to introduce cricket to various other regions in Indonesia and raise the popularity of the game of cricket along with educating school students, teachers and parents on the nutritional benefits of drinking milk.
Touch football at Bali International School
Touch football has started up again in Bali, with social games being held 5.15pm every Tuesday at Bali International School. New players are more than welcome, and no experience or knowledge of the game is required. The club this year plans to not only defend their Indonesian Touch Rugby Championships title, for both men’s and mixed divisions, at the Bali Beach Rugby Cup in Sanur in August, but is also aiming to travel to Jakarta in June to participate in the Tri-Provinces Touch Football Cup. This event will involve host teams from Jakarta as well as Surabaya. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Dates announced for third annual HOTAIR event
Stiff Chilli and Blue Oasis Beach Club have announced that the 3rd Annual HOTAIR! Extreme kitesurfing competition will be held from the 20th to 22nd of June, 2008. The location will again be in front of Stiff Chilli restaurant in Sanur. Following on from 2007’s HOTAIR! event, which attracted competitors from across Indonesia as well from Europe and Australia, 2008 looks to be even bigger. The event will involve a Marathon, Freestyle, where competitors are judged on technical difficulty on the height and power of their jumps, and a Hang time event, with the winner being the competitor who can stay in the air the longest. More information and entry details can be found at either www.blueoasisbeachclub.com or www.stiffchilli.com.
Bali Flames commence training
The Bali Flames Netball Club will commence training this February. Training will be held every Thursday at Bali International School, with new members most welcome. Having only being launched last June, netball has quickly gained a large following on the island, and has provided females an opportunity to participate in fun social training and games. After hosting a successful Sevens tournament last November, the Flames hope to attract a number of teams from Asia and Australia at this year’s event. The team also hopes to host other visiting teams, as well as tour themselves during 2008. More information on the club can be found at www.balinetball.com.