Mark Phipps, International School Brunei’s (ISB) Director of Sport, Yasmin Abdullah, Business Development Manager, Corporate Services of Royal Brunei Recreation Club, Her Excellency Nicola Rosenblum, Ken Han, Brunei Country Manager of Sports Camp Australia and Jaz Taha, Operational Manager of Fitness Zone during the press conference for OzSports Festival
Loving the post card 😀
This is something of interest especially to parents as they can bring their children to see what kind of sports or activities they might be interested in. Sometimes we need to go to grass root levels to see what they would enjoy. CHILDREN aged five to 12 are invited to join a fun-filled sports activities day on March 26 from 8-12 noon at Taman Haji Sir Muda Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien in the OzSports Festival event, organised by the Australian High Commission in Brunei Darussalam. This is also made possible with the collaboration of Sports Camp Australia and other participating vendors.
This event will be held at Bandar Ceria on Sunday, 26th March from 8am to 12pm and this is also the first of its kind Australia themed sports.
This was announced during the press conference hosted by the Australian High Commission and chaired by the High Commissioner, Nicola Rosenblum earlier this week. The event will be called The OzSports Festival.
It was good to see my friend, Ken Han, who was appointed as Brunei Country Manager of Sports Camp Australia. Also present were representatives from the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism, ISB, Royal Brunei Recreation Club and Fitness Zone.
As Her Excellency Nicola mentioned during the press conference, “Sport is an integral part of Australian culture. Whether it’s a game of backyard cricket with family, cheering a local team or striving for victory at the elite level – sport is a part of every Australia’s life. This is why the Australian High Commission is pleased to be working with Sports Camps Australia (SCA) to organise the OzSports Festival.”
There will be 10 different sports at Taman SOAS ranging from football to netball to frisbee to bike riding and many more. For parents’ knowledge, the event OzSports Festival will be free of charge. There will be participating vendors such as Hybrid Movement (cross fit), Shooting Stars (Basketball), Brunei Dodgeball Association and many more.
I hope this event will be a success and I’m happy that such event is taking place. This will be a good spring board for the young ones. Ken Han is a good addition to this event as he is quite passionate in creating camps for younger kids under the flagship of Shooting Stars. Being involved in Sports Camp Australia in Brunei, there will be different levels ranging from development camps to competitive ones. Good luck on that, bro.
Hope to see you at the OzSports Festival next weekend 😀 And to Nicola, it was nice to have finally met you even though it was pretty brief.
The Deputy Permanent Secretary (Tourism) at the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (3rd from left) also in attendance
Yasmin Abdullah speaking during the press conference
Ken Han, who is the founder of Shooting Stars, is also Brunei Country Manager for Sports Camp Australia (centre)
Ak Fauzi and Chun Leong, former The Brunei Times’ sports reporters, are now running brusports.com and it’s good to see them venturing into this business
Representatives from Hybrid Movement
See you on the 26th March
Times Square Shopping Centre ended its first ever 3 on 3 Under-18 Basketball Tournament yesterday on Sunday, 26th February 2017. The event was held on 24th February, Friday until 26th February, Sunday and was organized by Times Square Shopping Centre in collaboration with Shooting Stars Brunei and Fitness Zone. A total of 19 boys’ teams and 5 girls’ teams joined the three days tournament.
In the boys’ category,Chino Lions, BYD Cash Me Outside, Fun Lions and BYD Alpha made it to the semifinals with the first two teams going against each other with Chino Lions emerging as the winner with the score of 13 – 8 while Fun Lions and BYD Alpha battled their way to the finals with the score of 6 – 11. In the 3rd place match, BYD Cash Me Outside later beat Fun Lions to claim the third place. Moreover, in the finals match of Chino Lions vs BYD Alpha, team BYD Alpha beat Chino Lions with the score of 7 – 12 emerging as the first champion of Times Square 3on3 Under-18 Basketball Tournament.
On the other hand, Mum Bakery emerged as the champion for the girls’ category after beating SSBN Bake Culture in the Finals match yesterday with the score of 13 – 7. Earlier yesterday, the champion clinched past Ragons in the semifinals with 18 – 0 whereas second place winner SSBN Bake Culture won their semis against Ace with 6 – 4. The third place match between Ragons and Ace ended with Ace emerging as the third place winner with the score of 6 – 8.
Present during the closing ceremony and prize presentation yesterday to give away the prizes was Mr Kwang Ming Heng, the chairman of Brunei Basketball Association. Also present during the ceremony was the general manager of Times Square Shopping Centre, Mrs Amal Majidah Hj Suhaili. The champions of both categories brought home medals, $100 cash prize, $80 gift voucher from B.Foot, $50 gift voucher from Current Enterprise, 4 movie tickets from Times Cineplex and certificates of participation. Not only that, MVPs for both boys’ and girls’ categories, Adrian Azaharaini from Chino Lions and Ho Shing Shing respectively each walked away with medals, a wireless speaker from City Mobile and one gift voucher for All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet either from Seoul Garden or All Seasons.
Moreover, Times Square Shopping Centre will be having a Board Games Weekend on the 10th of March until 12th of March 2017.Stay updated with all of Times Square’s events by following them on Facebook or Instagram as well as our website at tsqbrunei.com. Image courtesy of Times Square Shopping Centre.
Champions for the boys category, team BYD Alpha
Champions for the girls category, Mum Bakery
Yang Mulia Dr. Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Permanent Secretary (Core Education) of Ministry of Education handing over mock key to Mr Barnaby Sandow, Principal of Jerudong International School for the new Sport Complex last Wednesday
Mr Barnaby Sandow in his welcoming remarks before the hand over
The Board of Directors and Principal of Jerudong International School (JIS) held a “Handover Key Ceremony” of the new Sports Complex designed by local architects, EcoBumi on Wednesday, 15th February.
The guest of honour was Yang Mulia Dr. Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh, Permanent Secretary (Core Education) of Ministry of Education. Other distinguished guests included guests from the Ministry of Education, Darussalam Assets and the Board of Directors of Jerudong International School. For your info, JIS is now under Darussalam Assets.
The ceremony started with the recital of surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat by Cikgu Mohammad Norisham bin Hj Kamis followed by opening remarks by Mr Barnaby Sandow, Principal of JIS. “The new Sports Complex provides JIS students with further opportunities to be the best that they can be. We look forward to welcoming the Bruneian community at our community sports events in the future too.”
Following the ceremony, the guest of honour and distinguished guests were given a guided tour of the newly established sports complex. The key features of the new sports complex are the two large indoor multi-purpose courts, an indoor 8-lane, 25 metre swimming pool, a fitness suite and 2 classrooms. The excellent indoor multi-purpose courts will facilitate students to be able to do team sports such as Basketball, Netball, Volleyball, 5 a-side Football and other court games.
Director of Sports, Chris McGeorge raised that, “students have missed at least 50 hours from PE time in the past academic year due to poor weather conditions such as lightning and now with our new indoor facilities we are able to run PE classes smoothly despite any bad weather we may encounter.”
Located near JIS’ Boarding houses, Ugama block and the current V-Block sports field, the new Sports Complex is a wonderful addition to the facilities at Jerudong International School.
The 8 lane 25 meter swimming pool
It also has a security code (lock) to enter
The guests having a tour around the Sports Complex
The multipurpose sports hall and they were training indoor tennis then. Cool 😀
Guest of honour with associates from Darussalam Assets touring the premise
This is another sports hall
The new faces of Brunei Basketball Association. Image taken from BBA Facebook Page.
Late post: In-conjunction with the 33rd National Day celebration, the Brunei Basketball Association (BBA) will be hosting an inter-district basketball tournament at the BBA Indoor Basketball Hall from 19th to 26th February 2017. The tournament is supported by Core-Lee Enterprise, Easy Way Tea and Café, and Soon Lee Holdings.
One of the key objectives of the tournament is to identify potential players who are capable and willing to represent Brunei Darussalam in regional and international basketball competitions.
“One of our priorities is to revitalize the platform for youth who aspire to represent our country. The aspiration for the new executive committee for the next three years is to develop a team that is competitive in SEABA competitions.” said Johnny Ang, the Deputy Chairman of BBA.
The tournament will be opened to Brunei Citizens and Permanent Residents and players who are interested to participate in the tournament can contact the basketball association in their respective districts for further details. For Tutong District, the contact point would be Mr. On Wei Yeah at 8737528. For Belait District, the contact point would be through the Chairman of Belait District Basketball Association, Mr. Wong Ming Ching, at 8758873. Although Temburong District does not have a basketball association, the Temburong team will be organized by Mr. Tan Chu Eu at 8758338.
“For this tournament, we will have a stronger focus on youth. Each team is required to have at least 3 players under the age of 23 and one youth player must be playing on the court at all time during the tournament” said Wira bin Pori, the BBA secretary.
As one of the most active sport associations in Brunei Darussalam, the new executive committee of BBA aims to play a stronger role in the youth development in the country which is in line with the call for youth to make Vision 2035 a success.
Lim Ting Guan handing over records and documents of the BBA to the new chairman, Kwang Ming Heng. Image taken from BBA Facebook Page.
It’s good to see new blood, the young ones in the Brunei Basketball Association (BBA). There are a mixture of the young and the old and it will be interesting to see a different mix of people in the committee.
During the election in December, Kwang Ming Heng won the vote as the new Chairman of BBA and Ang Han Then was elected as the Deputy Chairman.
According to the report at Borneo Bulletin, BBA under the previous committee has agreed to upgrade the basketball court at Batu Bersurat as per FIBA’s specifications. The project is estimated to cost around $91,350, while the new gym and equipment will cost around $23,952. The basketball rack and rim will come with the cost of $3,000.
The renovation project, which is scheduled to begin in January, will be delayed until March waiting for the FIBA-approved flooring to arrive in the country. The renovation is expected to take 10 weeks.