ProjekBrunei.com - Everyone has a Story
Editor's Note: Since 2010, Projek Brunei has aimed to help re-tell the Brunei story through the stories of the people. Everyone has a story, and we believe that the more we listen to the perspectives of others, the more time we take to understand someone else's point of view, the richer and fuller our own perspectives and opinions become. We have interviewed close to 100 people - students, professionals, NGOs, expats, creatives, etc - and it does not cease to amaze us how, truly, everyone is unique with their own stories.
In this feature, I chat with social media influencer, Nabeela from Lipstickmyname. She talks about what makes her tick, fashion muses, and shares a few highlights from her colourful journey so far. Be sure to check out her website and IG too.
What do you do?
I always find it difficult to answer when asked to describe what I do. The title sort of bounces back and forth between a fashion-blogger and a social media influencer. I'd like to think of Lipstickmyname as a brand that features the style and clothes that are personally curated by me. Currently, I work with a lot of international brands but I hope with this platform, together with our local designers and other local bloggers, we can elevate the fashion/apparel industry in Brunei and connect it with other markets.
Describe yourself in a few words.
I have asked my best friends to give me a word each because you know what they say, best friends know you better. They came up with the following: Strong. Brave. Strong-headed. Playful. Passionate. Perfectionist. Audacious. They forgot to mention that I am also a dreamer and my head's always stuck in the clouds... but thankfully, I married someone who is always willing to pull me back down to earth.
What are you passionate about?
Fashion. Fashion to me is a form of expression, because you choose what you want to wear, what colour, how you style it, etc. Designs have stories behind them and I am always in awe when designers come up with the unimaginable. I think my favourite thing about it is when you can see the runway being inspired by real-life situations. For example, athleisure (a trend where sportswear is meant to be worn casually) was really turned up a notch when Olympics was held in London and now with all the news on U.S. politics, Balenciaga's A/W 2017 fashion show was inspired by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders!
Music. Music is like a time-machine. It transports you to a specific place in time. A bad break-up, falling in love, silly times with your girl friends... it's all bottled up in a three minute song. It's something I will always appreciate.
Cities. The hustle and bustle of a big city will always excite me. The busy streets, bright lights, high street shopping, sky high buildings, established public transportation systems, the diversity of cultures... I can go on. I studied Urban Economic Development in London a few years back and learnt a lot about cities, how they came about, their sustainability, how they're regulated... it's all very interesting.
What are your impressions about the fashion scene in Brunei?
I think it has always been there, but it has recently gained momentum and I do hope that our fashion industry can become a really successful one. We have always talked about diversification and I truly believe it's something that could work. Last year, there were a lot of fashion events, mostly in modest fashion and for bridal wear, we see more of our local designers penetrating foreign markets, an increase in stores carrying international labels and a lot of bloggers getting international exposure.
In 2016, you attended a few international fashion events. What were some highlights from those experiences?
i. Meeting all the people! I definitely fangirled over a few celebrities and social media personalities!
ii. Sitting front row at Adila Long's KLFW presentation in a custom Adila Long jumpsuit that she gifted to me. The jumpsuit was made from the fabric that was used during the show.
iii. Sitting front row next to Emma (@emmashazleen) and Faa (@faafirds) at the FashionValet show in Jakarta.
Who are some of your favorite designers / labels? Why?
Right now I can only pin it down two Malaysian designers. Number one, Adila Long. She is actually an architect, and me being a hardcore fan of structure, it's no surprise really that I love everything she does. And number two, Nurita Harith. Her designs are always impeccable, dainty and just... goddess-like. In terms of high street brands, Zara is my go-to place to shop. It has everything I'm looking for. I never leave that shop empty-handed!
You have an active and likeable Instagram account. Why is social media important for what you do?
Social media enables you to cross borders and market your products without having to actually leave the country. My followers come from Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, the UK, etc and with that I'm able to spread brand awareness across a wider audience.
Any interesting events or projects coming up in 2017?
Ooh! I can't say! Because I don't want to scare my luck away hehe! But I do have a few things lined up for the year and hopefully it will all work out well.
Complete this sentence: In three years...
...hopefully achieve the things I want in life and be proud of what I've accomplished.
If you could travel back in time, what advice would you give the 21 year old you?
I was in my final year in Nottingham when I was 21. So... I'd probably tell myself to drop Time Series Analysis and take an easier module, buy better clothes and travel more.
Finally, any shoutouts?
I think my husband deserves the biggest shoutout for being such an amazing support. I wouldn't be able to do what I love to do, if it weren't for him.
Editor's Note: The first time I met Kueymo and Sushiboy was at a function. I noticed their music first. "EDM? YES!" (I am a huge fan of EDM music.) And then I noticed them. Two fellas handling a setup of hardware, flicking tabs, tapping on buttons, head-bopping away to the bass, not once missing a beat.
You may not know them in person, but you may know their sound. They are on the radio every Saturday night on KFM, and they are on Mixcloud and iTunes. Read on and get to know the gentlemen behind KYSB, Kueymo and Sushiboy!
Tell us about yourselves.
Kueymo: Hey hey! we go by the name of Kueymo & Sushiboy, but you can call us Edmund & Riff. Both of us go way back to when we we're still kids studying in the same school and we just did everything together, from sports to shuffling and here we are now DJ-ing! Sushiboy was actually the first of us two to learn to DJ when he was in Australia furthering his studies, while I went to UK to play University Basketball.
Sushiboy: Yeah, I studied in Brisbane, Australia for 4 years, but I was already into Electronic Music before that but never had the chance to own a device. In Australia DJ-ing is a thing and the devices are everywhere, so I took the opportunity to get one to call my own and that became one of my many hobbies. Just messing around with the buttons & knobs and getting some tips from my good friend, DJ Rory who is now one of the best DJs in Brisbane. My other hobbies include trying out new food and going to gym after regretting eating too much.
Kueymo: I can relate as well, I love food! other than DJ-ing, I love to travel a lot even if it's just alone or for the weekend. I guess that's why I'm growing up a few shirt sizes. I also enjoy reading a good book and hitting the gym whenever I can.
How did your interest for music begin and when did you decide you wanted to be a DJ?
Kueymo: We've always had the love for music in general. But what really sparked our interest was when we were about 15 or 16, we were really passionate about shuffling. We would just shuffle on for hours at a time everyday losing track of time. I guess the songs just kept us going and the harder the better! We we're heavily influenced by Hardstyle DJ's from the likes of Headhunterz, Bass Agents, Bass Oscillators, NoiseControllers, Showtek and the list goes on.
Sushiboy: Yea, I remember those shuffling dance days, Hardstyle Music actually made me love Electronic Music more to be honest, and I still love Hard Music. I always wanted to be a DJ ever since I fell in love with Electronic Music, so I started off mixing tracks using Virtual DJ on my laptop. I only started advancing in Australia because as a university student there isn't much to do, so got myself a proper DJ Controller and learnt more tricks and getting more tips from there on.
Kueymo: I actually started DJ-ing on my Samsung phone roughly 2 years ago. The aim then was to replace the slow parts in a track with a much more hyped up tempo. It was a tricky process especially on a phone and eventually I decided to get a controller to get the basics in. Countless hours learning off youtube and with criticisms online, I started to get better at it.
Sushiboy: To be honest, I only wanted to go further when I discovered that my friend Edmund (Kueymo) had the same interest in DJ-ing. That's when the duo was formed. I know going duo with a person that does all the craziest things with you is more fun than going solo. I've never regretted being in a duo with Kueymo, we both share the same goal, the same ideas and the same passion. A true definition of "Bromance" right here!
Kueymo: Us being DJ's was always about bringing the EDM culture in Brunei and move it away from the social stigma that comes with it. We started our radio show with the help of Kristal FM last September in an attempt to reach out to the local producers and DJ's to give them a platform for them to air their mixes, original productions and remixes. So far everyone has proven to be nothing short of amazing! You'd be amaze by how many talented individuals we have, some even making it big internationally in Australia, Malaysia and even Singapore!
How did you come up with the names "Kuey Mo" and "Sushi Boy"?
Kueymo: Well it's going to sound really childish but I was given this name when I was very young but basically a girl I liked gave me the name and it was escalated when her boyfriend came looking for me shortly after to show his dismay. I continued using the name just out of pure fun to annoy the boyfriend, but the name only stuck with me after I started uploading my shuffling videos on to Youtube.
Sushiboy: Many of my friends start calling me 'Sushi', especially my Bandar friends because of my love for sushi after my incredible discovery of the newly open Excapade Restaurant back then.
Share your earlier performing experiences and your most memorable one.
Sushiboy: Hmm, I guess the most memorable one in Brunei would have to be our performance at BpmFASS. We played festival vibe EDM to everyone, We were nervous at first because we don’t know how the crowd would react to this genre of music but WOW! they were enjoying the music, cheering and playing along with the tracks!
Kueymo: I'd have to say the same! BpmFASS would be the most memorable out of all our events. Talking about our earlier experience, we started off just playing house parties, sometimes with just 2 or 3 people during a BBQ but it didn't matter as we'd still put on a show with mashups and live remixes. I guess the saying goes that you won't be able to get big crowds until you're used to playing to an empty room.
Share with us about the 100 most influential young entrepreneurs 2016?
Kueymo: The 100 most influential young entrepreneurs 2016 was a superb event! It's organized by our friends at Entrepreneur Insight who heavily focuses on start ups and SME's. It was a great opportunity to connect with the many young entrepreneurs from across Malaysia and pick their brains on the subject. Hopefully we'll be able to apply it in our daily dealings. We obviously didn't win, we were mainly there to support our very good friends Leng Yein & Leng Sean AKA The Leng Sisters!
Sushiboy: It was a great experience to see our good friends claiming their spot in the Top100; they've been there for us since the very beginning, kind of like our role models. Similarly to being a duo, they've taught us a lot on what we needed to know in the business so it's a very good feeling to be able to be there for them as they receive their award.
Do you have any upcoming projects?
Kueymo: For our radio show, we're always looking for new guest mixes from international DJ's that the audience wishes to connect with! We've scheduled quite a few of them into the first quarter of next year, but towards the end of the year, we've got something big planned! so make sure to keep connected to our instagram @KYSBofficial and stay tuned!
Sushiboy: Definitely 2017 is going to be big for us. I won't say only us but also the local producers that we are working with. One of our aim next year is to push the local producers further, to get them known better by collaborating with them, introducing their tracks to other international labels and maybe also get their tracks heard internationally! We want to bring 'The Family' up with us and basically bring Brunei EDM to new heights! Other upcoming projects for 2017 would be to perform in clubs and festivals in the region and of course we do not only prioritizes performing outside of Brunei but we are always looking forward to events in Brunei; special mention to BpmFass & TheCreativeCore BN. These are some of the people who show true passion in helping local talents. Much Love Friends! Big Ups!
Any words of encouragement to those interesting in being a DJ?
KYSB: Just get out there! Take every opportunity you can to share your work; one step at a time. If you have a friend that wants to learn to DJ or Produce, share your knowledge, learn together. There are always people who wants to listen to your work and we are always open to listen to any work! Do anything you can to improve, by any means necessary!
Editor's Note: In this feature, we get to know Karen Then. She's a makeup artist and body painting specialist based in Brunei. She has a YouTube channel where she shares online makeup tutorials, plus the occasional vlog. Check out the rest of her portfolio on karenthen.com and follow her journey on Instagram, @Karenthenmakeup and @karenthen.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a trained and certified makeup artist and body painting specialist based in Brunei. I graduated from one of the most prestigious make up academies in Hong Kong, MAKE UP FOR EVER. I also graduated in the MAKE UP FOR EVER Paris branch, the TV & Cinema make up academy. Despite having been certified, I constantly push the boundaries of my skills to new horizons and put tireless effort in improving my finesse.
As a professional makeup artist, I have worked with various people from different industries and backgrounds; such as singers, actors, models, wedding couples, corporate companies and a vast variety of domestic and international clientele. I have also conducted a couple roadshows, makeup workshops, and private makeup tutoring in Brunei, Malaysia, Hong Kong and hopefully Singapore and other parts of the region. I pursued my passion in hopes of bringing the art and finesse of make up to a new level. I pay much attention and devotion to the small details and focus on providing my clients the best.
Ultimately, I want to ensure client satisfaction above all else. So guys and girls, follow and/or subscribe to my links and I promise to keep you updated! Career and work aside, I enjoy keeping fit. I find a level of satisfaction working and sweating it out. I also enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and appreciate the small things, like playing with my dogs and going to the beach!
When did you decide that you wanted to be a make-up artist?
During my tertiary studies at the University of South Australia, I played and explored with makeup whenever time permitted. I somehow found myself so passionate about makeup. I often had friends over to make makeup tutorials and videos. I even helped friends with their makeup and hair styling for events or functions. I really enjoyed and was intrigued by the whole process; hence decided to pursue training after I graduated.
What fascinates you about this line of work?
Makeup is, to me, a truly magical form of artistry! I love seeing how makeup is able to transform someone’s appearance and attitude so instantly and effectively. It enables an individual to fully showcase their features and emphasises certain aspects of beauty not noticed in the absence of makeup. But most of all, it brings me great joy when I see my client’s satisfaction with my work; I enjoy them seeing themselves feel beautiful.
Share with us your experience abroad.
When I was younger, my family and I loved watching the TVB Hong Kong series; so I was naturally quite familiar with Cantonese. I could understand Cantonese, but I could never really speak it. As I started my training and building my career in Hong Kong in 2014, I had never thought that I could communicate in Cantonese so fluently.
I spent a couple years improving my spoken Cantonese and later found myself working with famous Cantonese speaking artists such as Zoe Ma, Jay Chou, Fish Leong, Kelly Chan, Joey Yeung, Hins Cheung and so on! I'm saying that the unnoticeable things and routines in life can bring out the most exciting experiences that life itself has to offer. It made me more confident even though I was in a place unfamiliar to me. Although I faced many challenges abroad, it brought out the best of me and my capabilities I had not known not going; as the saying goes, the sharpest of blades are forged in the hottest of furnaces and most extreme of pressures.
Apart from those experiences, the gigs I enjoyed most were the concerts. The environment of the backstage and concert climate somehow pushes through this adrenaline-like rush. It was tough, but I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. You know, the pressure that builds during the changing of the performer’s outfits and makeup styles between songs or performances; and the after feeling seeing that I did my part in making the whole event a success. The feeling is just pure gold.
What are some of the challenges you faced?
There can be plenty of sleepless nights working as a makeup artist. The grind begins long before the actual show takes place. As a makeup artist, I am always the first one in and the last one out. Other challenges involve picky and fussy clients. However, I am a really patient girl and I always want the best for my clients. So I take fusses and complaints as a gauge for my skill; the less there are the better I am I guess.
I have learnt that all these challenges come with the job, it's never going to be a smooth sail all the time. So far it's been good; as long as I keep my head high and my attitude cool, I'll always be able to work with anyone.
Where do you get your inspiration from and who are the people that inspired you through your career?
My main source of inspiration is that I seek out beauty; be it a beautiful person, place, friendship, object, or an experience. I know it may sound silly, but beauty somehow evokes an emotion of peace and love in me; and we all know that love is one of human kind’s strongest emotion. Through this, I believe it makes me express myself in a way that reflects what I deem to be beautiful. Hence, the result of my work must be beautiful.
With regards to the persons who inspire me; the persons who heavily inspire me are those who have mentored me in the academy and others from the industry. I also get inspiration from a pool of talented makeup enthusiasts on YouTube. It’s not really what these people have taught me, it's more of who they really are. It inspires me to see others who put so much determination and resilience in making their work an art form.
Any future plans and hopes to see something done locally?
One of my big dreams is to build and run my very own makeup studio. With the support from my family, close friends and with enough determination, I see that dream just around the corner.
Any words of encouragement or advice for young makeup artist enthusiast?
Always believe in yourself. Everyone and anyone has to start off somewhere, be it small or big. Put in the hard work, practice and continue to practice some more and you will be your own idol someday. Do not give up so easily on what you enjoy and strive for more. Work hard to achieve what you want and always aim for your best.
Editor's Note: Introducing indie music duo, TheElleWan. In this feature, we learn about Michelle and Erwan's music origins, ambitions, creative music making processes, and some of the challenges they have faced. We have posted some of their videos below (including their RB Jingle), but to find out more about them, check out their YouTube channel. They are on Instagram too.
Have you known each other for a while? Any hobbies?
We’ve been schoolmates since high-school. We did A-levels together at Maktab Duli and then Universiti Brunei Darussalam for our degrees. Michelle did Linguistics and Erwan did Professional Communications.
One hobby we both share is that we like to make music, play music, and listen to music! But personally, I (Michelle) like reading and watching YouTube videos - real regular stuff. I actually like watching documentaries a lot. The odder the better, like sci-fi or weird creatures from the sea.
When did your interest for music begin?
Our interest in music started way before we met each other. We both come from very talented, musically inclined families. It was natural for us to drift towards music on our own. Erwan and I both can play the guitar and a little bit of the piano, and we do dabble in other instruments like drums and pan flute. Odd I know!
When did you decide to pursue music and how did you come up with the name 'TheEllewan'?
We were jamming in Maktab Duli during our A-levels in 2011 and just thought, why not try our luck and start a band and a YouTube channel together!? We didn’t think it would get this far actually, to the point where we would get gigs an actually produce our own songs! It’s been a crazy ride so far!
The name ‘TheEllewan’ came about by accident, well, by default actually. We originally wanted to go by our own names ‘Erwan and Michelle’ but when we signed up for YouTube, that name was already taken. ‘TheEllewan’ was one of the suggested names. It has stuck with us since! By the way! It’s pronounced 'the-elle-one' not 'the-ellie-one'!
A trademark of TheEllewan is our mash-up of covers. We do write our own songs, but we got inspired by Youtubers before us for mash-ups to give different dimensions to the songs. On top of that, we are writing originals and boy, is that a process in and of itself.
Tell us about one of your earlier performances.
Our first ever performance was for a Telbru event and actually Aziz Harun’s manager Bahzi Damit got it for us; great guy by the way! This was all before Aziz’s rise to the music scene. And we remember it quite well because we were so nervous to be on the JP Amphitheater stage, hands shaking and boy did we fake our coolness!
There were about 20-30 people in the audience and when we got on stage we just sang our heart out, with feedback deafening us, it was actually an awesome first performance!
Tell us about the process you go through when writing music.
When it comes to covers, we kinda just go with what song really stuck with us that week or if we hear a cool song that we like. We’ll just text one another and say, ‘Hey, let’s cover this!’ But of course it isn’t always organized. There are many hours of just trying out songs and it failing horribly with me (Michelle) being irritated with the process and Erwan being cool and collected. You can tell who the more emotional one is! When it comes to writing originals, we both have different styles of writing and inspiration.
I think between the two of us, we have written hundreds of songs but because they were written at a particular time in our life, we may not pursue completing the songs. Actually, the best songs we’ve written so far stem from really tough seasons in our lives. I guess it helps, to write down what you’re feeling, get it out of your system and make it beautiful.
What are some of the challenges faced trying to get in the music industry?
One of the challenges we faced was finding out how we were going to do it. We knew about YouTube but you don’t get paid for videos in Brunei. Then there is the question of what sort of songs to do. It really made us think about who we are and more importantly, who we wanted to be. And honestly, to this day, we’re still figuring out. Someone once told us that this industry is an industry of rejection and we’re no stranger to that. But we think that if you have a dream and it means something to you, you just have to do something about it.
Any future plans for TheEllewan?
We launched our first original song ‘Maybe’ a couple of months ago and wow, it is surreal to hear it played on the radio! We’re planning on writing and producing more original music in the near future. We will also do more gigs and concerts, whether here or overseas. Overall, we just want to inspire people through what we do. Hopefully to encourage them to do something about that dream of theirs. We’re just a couple of ordinary people who have a passion and it’s great that we get to do what we love.
Any final words for your fans or future fans?
Yes! For those who know us and those who don’t, we believe that you are capable of so much. Your dreams and passions aren’t small or insignificant. If something matters to you, pursue it. Work hard for it. Don’t let the fear of failure or rejection hold you back. We’re so thankful for the many friends we have who have been supporting us from day one and now as we’re moving towards a new chapter, we’re exciting to see what’s going to happen next! We love you Brunei, dream big!
Editor's Note: Rachael Lee is an international certified Personal Trainer from Fitness Institute Australia and a certified Les Mills group exercise instructor. She graduated from the University of Western Australia, Perth in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science (Major in Sports, Exercise and Health Science). In this feature, we ask Rachael about her passions for people and for fitness.
Tell us about yourself.
Hello! I am Rachael Lee (26 years old) from a small town called Kuala Belait. I now live in Bandar Seri Begawan. I give back my passion and strength for sports and fitness to the community - the world's most priceless and fulfilling job. I am also a part-time volunteer basketball and fitness coach for athletes with intellectual disabilities and special needs in Brunei.
I have always been a sports athlete (basketball, netball, track and field, futsal) since young with basketball as my main sport - of which I hold close to my heart until today as a player for the Brunei Women's Team since I was 18 years old.
How did you get into fitness?
I was a sports athlete from young, but a late bloomer in fitness. Fitness made its way into my life as my daily fix from my early 20s. Since my university years, I realised it helped me become a better sports player and athlete. By improving my fitness knowledge, it also helped children and individuals with motor dysfunction and special needs in improving their quality of life to their best ability. With the results shown through the conducted fitness programs for individuals with special needs, I fell in love with the thought of it.
It was during my months closing up to my final semester at university that I knew - one day, I needed to take my passion and enthusiasm for basketball and fitness one step ahead for the community back home in Brunei - be it as an athlete, a fitness trainer, a basketball coach or basketball and fitness event planner.
Share with us about the Special Olympics Brunei Darussalam.
Coming back to Brunei after graduation and after securing a fulltime job at a health club, I was not content. I needed to be involved somehow with a special needs organisation in order to still do what ignites the fire within me. This was when I was introduced to Special Olympics Brunei Darussalam (SOBD) committee members in mid-2014, Ms Tsara Nawwarah and Ms Dawn Lee.
SOBD is a non-profit, non-government organisation, which works closely with several government ministries as well as other Brunei-based non-government organisations. 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 the competitive spirit, and allows the individuals with intellectual disabilities to be exposed to a world and cultures beyond their own.
What are some of the challenges you face? How rewarding is it?
Challenges I face include the inability to safety accomodate all athletes in one session. I try to ensure that each attending athlete benefits as much as they can. I would like to be able to conduct a session for 25 athletes - however, sometimes with the lack of volunteers and with the different conditions of athletes present at session - a big number can be a chaotic.
Another challenge is that currently there are only two of us volunteering as fitness coaches. We would like to hopefully scout for new volunteer fitness coaches to do the same so that we will be able to open more sessions to accomodate other athletes who are unable to make it to our current weekly schedule.
The rewarding part of it that keeps me looking forward to every SOBD coaching session? Despite all the different levels of intellectual disabilities and special needs, it is the many warm happy high-fives and welcomes of 'Hi Coach Rachael!' that gives me a positive boost of energy. The visible excitement of the athletes, and their fitness improvements drives me forward. And of course not to forget, all the satisfied happy parents shaking my hands and constant gratitude from them after every session conducted. =)
Tell us about the Adaptive Fitness Programme.
After being involved with SOBD for over six months as a volunteer basketball coach - I wanted the athletes to improve more as a sportsperson and better their general well-being as an individual. Hence, I properly planned, launched and introduced Adaptive Fitness Programme - a similar programme that I was conducting in university. The programme is a weekly health and fitness session which focuses on introducing fitness and physical movements which are suitable to their motor capabilities. In turn, improving not only their fitness, daily motor movements - but also their social skills, mindset, moods, appetite and their overall well-being.
The first platform of the Adaptive Fitness Programme was opened for special athletes 12 years old and above at Fitness Zone Health Club. Now, we have our second platform at Hybrid Movement Gym for special athletes 8-12 years old.
The response has been great from the supportive parents with maximum numbers capped every session. There are now special centres requesting for the programme to be conducted at their venue. We are looking forward to be able to open more platforms of opportunities for other individuals with intellectual disabilities and special needs to join our fitness programme.
You recently held a workshop at Crossfit Manila on "Adaptive Fitness". Share your experience with us.
I am a CrossFit athlete and I believe in the power of sharing and educating my fitness innovatives and programme ideas for special athletes across the country - so why not, across the border? The workshop was a success - it opened the minds of not only the crossfit coaches at CrossFit Manila Mall of Asia, but also the Special Olympics Philippines coaches of the special athletes who attended the workshop. All parties now further understand that adaptive fitness training is crucial and needs to be included in their regime in order for the special athletes to better themselves for their respective sports selection in Special Olympics.
I do hope to do more cross-border educative workshop for fitness professionals of the general population and special education teachers: to educate and create awareness about the possibilities and wonders of fitness training for athletes with special needs and also share the concept of SOBD Adaptive Fitness Programme.
Any words of encourage to those considering getting involved?
Athletes with intellectual disabilities and special needs may have their differences and limitations - but they too just want to live a normal life like all of us. They want to be given a chance to excel in what they can - in the case of the Special Olympics world: to excel and fly high in their chosen sports. They do too, represent our country, Brunei Darussalam in international competitive sporting competitions to make our nation proud. The athletes goes through weekly fitness trainings and sports trainings to make sure they are fit to compete in their sports.
SOBD welcomes all individuals with and without intellectual disabilities and special needs to be part of our family. We are an inclusive, welcoming and supportive community which ensure that everyone and anyone who gets involved the first time with our athletes - will bring home with them a very memorable and unforgettable experience.
Get involved with us today - as a volunteer or as our athlete's training buddy. If you are already a sports coach and would like to volunteer to coach our athletes in any type of sports - you are more than welcomes to speak to any of our SOBD committee members.
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