Gambia Paralympic regional exhibition commences

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Gambia National Paralympics Committee on Monday left for Farafenni as part of their exhibitions in three regions in the country namely, NBR, CRR and LRR.

The trip is being sponsored by Big Lottery Funds (BLF) through the Voluntary Services Association.

The committee on Tuesday morning in Farafenni NBR commenced their sports exhibitions with the first event of the day, featuring a one km wheelchair race from AFPRC Hospital gate to the Farafenni Multipurpose Youth Centre. Salifu Kujabi came out with first position, followed by Malang Tamba, while Demba Jarjue secured a third place out of six participants.

The second was a goal ball played by only blind men to showcase their talents, that "disability does not mean inability." The game is one of the most interesting games with only six players in a small seize court; three for each side, lasting for only 15 minutes.

The game required a complete client from the spectators as the players only had the sound of the ball, but cannot see it. At the end of the game, team B won by 5-1with goalkeeper Alhagie Mbye scoring most of the goals.

The third activity of the day featured an interesting volleyball match for the deft and hard of hearing between Red House and Blue House. The game was a tough encounter between the two strong sides, as it also shows the display of skills by the deft and hard of hearing athletes. Blue House emerged victorious with a narrow 37 to 32 points.

The last event of the tour in the NBR Region was a thrilling basketball encounter between KMC and BCC. As usual BCC gained the upper hand against their arch rivals in the first quarter, but KMC bounced back in the second quarter to reduce some points. All the athletes of the two sides had showcased a brilliant display of skills, which attracted the community to come out in large numbers to watch the game.

BCC won by 27 to 21 points with the recently SJAG Paralympics athlete of the year 2009. Malan Tamba and Salifu Kujabi scored most of the points.

Author: Musa Fatty in Farafenni