Articles by Challenges team

wheelmapping at LRT Bangsar

Wheelmapping in Kuala Lumpur

Hubertus Brockhaus hails from Germany and is an international volunteer for the C4C project under Challenges Foundation. He shares his experience travelling on Malaysia’s public transport system in a wheelchair.   Meeting was at 10 am at the LRT station Taman Jaya. Everybody was waiting for us, because we were late. Again… After a short briefing Misa, Phalla and myself sat down in the three free wheelchairs. I noticed it quickly that my freedom of movement was severely restricted. Just a short walk upstairs to buy something to drink was not possible anymore. Now I have to wait for using … Continued

Photo of wheelchair tennis player in action

Take part in Wheelchair tennis at Dec 9 Carnival 4 Inclusion 2018

Wheelchair tennis is one of the forms of tennis adapted for wheelchair users. In wheelchair tennis as compared to pedestrian tennis, he size of the court, net height, rackets, are the same. The main differences are the athletes use specially designed wheelchairs, and the ball may bounce up to two times, where the second bounce may also occur outside the court. Wheelchair Tennis Malaysia was estalished in 1998 as the Association to develop national and international athletes in competitive wheelchair tennis. The athletes are from Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Perak,Negeri Sembilan,Melaka and Penang have competed and won medals at Asian and … Continued

Carnival 4 Inclusion 2018 poster

UNITY THROUGH INCLUSIVE SPORTS

PROMOTING INCLUSION THROUGH SPORTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DISABILITY 2018   Join para sportsmen and women at the first ever Carnival 4 Inclusion 2018, which aims to promote parasports to members of the public this coming 9th December 2018 at the Centre for Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Malaya.   The inaugural event is organised by Challenges Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Malaya to promote parasports to members of the public, also in conjunction with the International Day of Disability 2018 which falls on 3 December 2018.   Commenting on this initiative, Ms Mary Chen, … Continued

Rajvin Kaur Randhawa – living with cerebral palsy.

  Rajvin Kaur was born premature on 24th June, 1985. As such , her lungs were under-developed and she had to be placed in an incubator with oxygen. Soon after birth she developed jaundice. The lack of oxygen to her brain caused cerebral palsy; luckily only the motor centre of the brain was affected while the rest of the brain functioned normally. Rajvin Kaur, a “Miracle Child”.   Rajvin attributed her survival to her parents. Her father, Dr. Pall Singh, was a doctor and as such understood her condition and made every effort to help his physically challenged daughter to … Continued

Muhamad Ashraf with his medals

THE BIRTH OF MY NEW SELF

  by  Muhamad Ashraf Bin Muhammad Haisham     My name is Muhamad Ashraf. I was born 22 years ago in Pulau Pangkor, Perak. I studied at SMK Batu Sepuluh Setiawan, Perak and was very active in athletics. Every year, I represented my school, district and state in cross country and 1500m events. I aspired to don the national colours and represent Malaysia in athletics. On 12 January 2013, I was involved in a motorcycle accident in Lumut which changed my life. I was hospitalised at the Ipoh General Hospital with what I thought was a minor injury. Unfortunately, doctors … Continued

picture of members of the saudi arabia paralympic team

Preparatory Camp for Saudi Paralympic Team in Kuala Lumpur

 by Majed Mohammed Alhumaid 26 athletes from the Saudi Paralympic Team will compete in three sports (athletics, powerlifting and wheelchair basketball) in the Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia (6-13 October 2018). The Saudi national team had been preparing for the competition in Kuala Lumpur from 13 September to 2 October. The athletes came together with their coaches and administrators with the support of the chairman of the General Sports Authority, Turki Al-Alshikh, and the Saudi government. Their preparatory camp in Kuala Lumpur is evidence of the close cooperation between the Saudi Arabian Federation for Sports for Special Needs and … Continued

Disability sports research centre at University Malaya

Disability Sport Research Centre launched in University Malaya

  by Selina Khoo   The University of Malaya Disability Sport Research Centre was established in April 2018 and launched on 11 July 2018 by YB Senator Puan Bathmavathi Krishnan during the 15th Asian Society for Adapted Physical Education and Exercise Symposium in Kuala Lumpur. The establishment of this research centre is timely as Malaysia is focussed on doing well at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo after the inspiring performances of the Malaysian athletes at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. It was the first time that the country has won gold medals at the Paralympic Games. Although there … Continued

RHYTHM OF A 1000 COLOURS

KI INTERNATIONAL DEAF ARTIST EXHIBITION 2018 launched in Kuala Lumpur   Maybank Foundation launched the International Deaf Artist Exhibition 2018 at Balai Seni, Menara Maybank on September 24, 2018. Being the first international deaf artist exhibition held in Kuala Lumpur, it showcase the diversity of culture, tradition and heritage.  This is a gathering of talented deaf artists from around the world such as Korea, Vietnam, India, France, Italy, Russia and Malaysia. ‘Rentak Seribu Warna’ (Rhythm Of A 1000 Colours) has been carefully selected as the theme to portray interpretations of life, people, culture and local sceneries from various countries.  This … Continued

Staying Strong to Help Darshana Grow Taller

  By Mrs Jeyamany Palanivel   When I first learned that my daughter Darshana was diagnosed with Growth Hormone Disorder (GHD), I was very scared. The thought of what was going to happen to her in the future kept playing in my mind. I was very worried. I never expected her to have GHD as my older daughter is rather tall and the rest of my family members are all of average height.   Before her GHD diagnosis was confirmed, my husband and I had taken Darshana to the clinic to regularly monitor her growth as she was always the … Continued

IT’S MORE THAN HEIGHT – IT’S HEALTH!

KUALA LUMPUR:  Novo Nordisk Pharma (M) Sdn. Bhd. (Novo Nordisk) launched ‘It’s More Than Height – It’s Health Awareness Campaign’ to drive greater understanding on Growth Disorders in children and the potential impact on their health. This campaign which highlights the need to monitor growth patterns in their early years  also coincides with the  International Children’s Growth Awareness Day which takes place each year on 20th September. It is every parent’s desire that their children grow healthy, tall and smart. Parents will provide the best possible nutrition, care and opportunities to nurture this growth. What if, despite all their best … Continued