While few might know where NAKA is, more than 100 students at IKBN Naka (Kedah!) enjoyed a sky full of discs recently at a GSP Ultimate clinic. With the student population numbering about 150 (only four girls currently enrolled!), 90% of the students participated … and with the strong support of the administration, the outlook is great for Ultimate as the beautiful campus which opened in 2010 is designed for many more students. There is hope that IKBN Naka together with SMK Lubuk Merbau, IKM Kuala Nerang and SMK Sains Pokok Sena might form a hub Ultimate in the region.
Recently a group of SMK Bukit Jambul students decided to have an Ultimate pick-up over at USM Padang Minden. While many of their schoolmates in the lower forms had been able to take part in an Ultimate Frisbee clinic at their school, they had missed out since they were in preparation for their PMR exam.
Despite lacking some understanding of the rules, they still had a lot of fun. When an old bald Mat Salleh passed by and offered join the girls in challenging the boys, a great competition ensued. The boys ended up wining 8-7, but the girls had succeeded in giving them a scare!
One of the most popular Ultimate events on the Malaysian calendar (the online registration opened in July and was filled within the hour!), the INTI Penang Hat 2013 proved to be a roaring success with 16 teams and 256 players participating. Like all “Hat” tournaments, teams are formed by organizers and players play with each other for the first time on the day of the event. In this years’ edition, Team Alcatraz (Purple) took the Championship with a narrow victory over Isle of Wight (Light Blue).
Tn Hj Rashid bin Hasnon, Penang’s Deputy Chief Minister 1 graciously assisted in the prize-giving ceremony, took to the field to learn how to properly throw a disc and finally to the cheers of all, guaranteed the support of Ultimate by the state government in the days to come. For some great pictures, check out Kai Yik’s photos at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.269134516567932.1073741833.266385423509508&type=1
Good things are happening for Ultimate in Seberang Perai! Thanks to Teach 4 Malaysia volunteer teacher Alina from SMK Kuala Kurai who invited GSP to organize an Ultimate Frisbee clinic at her school, fellow T4M volunteer teacher Alina of SMK Taman Sejahtera decided to do the same.
About 80 students not only enjoyed the clinic but also the fact that Teacher Alina was willing to keep playing with them even when the clinic was over and the pictures had already been taken! The latest news from SMK Taman Sejahtera is that Teacher Alina has contacted GSP to help her organize a clinic for teachers from more than 10 schools in the Bukit Mertajam area this coming March. Good job, Teacher Alina!
Many may not realize that Lubuk Merbau is the largest FELDA in Kedah because it is tucked away in the northeastern corner of Kedah along the Pendang-Sik border. Despite its location, this past November 4th witnessed the return of Ultimate to SMK Lubuk Merbau as GSP organized a clinic for more than 50 students.
A few years ago, a teacher who had picked up Ultimate in the UK had introduced the sport to a few of the students but it never really caught on. In an area that for years has been black-listed because of drug abuse and other social ills, hopefully Ultimate can provide a positive alternative for students in the months to come.
Every school is special for different reasons. While most Penangites have probably driven by SMK Padang Polo, they might not have realized that not only is SMK Padang Polo an all-girls’ school, but about one-quarter of their students have special needs.
While GSP volunteer Leah assisted with conversational English, GSP interns Whitney and Laurie along with GSP associates Doug, Adam and Derek helped introduce the girls to Ultimate on a number of Friday morning sessions. While those with special needs did not participate in the small sided games, they had a great time learning how to throw and catch the disc … and even joined their mainstream school mates in some of the drills. Headmistress Pn Noorzela is looking forward to the girls continuing to play in the new year.