Climb Fever marks the Finalé of Season of Sport

2013-06-25

The Ministry of Culture Season of Sport drew to a close on Saturday night after three months of sporting achievement designed to showcase the Kingdom’s sporting pedigree. The season’s Finalé took place in the atmosphere-filled Al Aali Boulevard surrounded by restaurants and by hundreds of people enjoying family time together. The last three days provided an evening out with a difference with young people flocking to try their head-for-heights on the country’s first speed climbing wall. Throughout the three days of Climb Fever hundreds of young people enjoyed the opportunity to climb the fifteen meter vertical wall specially erected in the Aali Boulevard complex.

 

Edyta Ropek belaying climbing amateurs in Bahrain, photo A. Kaminski

Edyta Ropek belaying climbing amateurs in Bahrain, photo A. Kaminski

On hand to give speed climbing tips to the would-be mountaineers were Edyta Ropek and Orrin Coley. Edyta is a legend within the sport of speed climbing and is a three-time World Cup Champion with many other honors to her name. Having such an international superstar climber in Bahrain underlined the importance that the Ministry of Culture attaches to a sport that has the potential to become extremely popular in the country. Along with her coach and partner Arkadius, Edyta brought years of experience to the Climb Fever event and was able to pass on her enthusiasm and knowledge to a host of fascinated youngsters. Joining Edyta was British climbing sensation Orrin Coley. At seventeen years of age Orrin is the British Speed Climbing Champion and his awe inspiring speed up the vertical wall was extraordinary. TheSpiderman’s fastest time during the three days of exhibition climbs was a stunning 4.75 seconds!

 

Climbing in Bahrain, photo A. Kaminski

Climbing in Bahrain, photo A. Kaminski

Joining the speed climbers were an eclectic mix of musicians and performers including Latino band Havaneros, DJ Outlaw, DJ Sarah, Bahrain rappers Hamad Al Fardan AKA “The Maestro” and Hussam Aseem AKA “Flipperachi” and an impromptu, but show stopping, performance by Omar Summar. Omar attended the event due to his love of climbing but the 2006 British BeatBox Champion was happy to show his skills behind the microphone to an appreciative audience.

 

Kids loved sport climbing in Bahrain, photo A. Kaminski

Kids loved sport climbing in Bahrain, photo A. Kaminski


This has been a great event and a superb way to bring the curtain down on a wonderfulSeason of Sport”, said Ministry of Culture Director of Marketing and Promotion Hesham Al Saken. “Throughout the last three months we have enjoyed the colour and spirit of many sporting events all of which underline the enthusiasm which people, and particular young people, have for sport. Our objective was to create events that worked within the community and added value to the outreach programme. From Formula One toBeach Fever, with its water and beach based sports, to this amazing display of how to effectively use a completely new sport, we have produced and been involved in events that have created enjoyment and value to so many people across the country.” Awarding Certificates of Appreciation to competitors and supporters of the Season of Sport events, Al Saken endorsed the value that sport has within the community saying, “This was a magnificent programme and one that we will certainly repeat in the future.”

 

Edyta Ropek with Ministry of Culture Director of Marketing and Promotion

Edyta Ropek with Ministry of Culture Director of Marketing and Promotion

Through the weekend there was a universal desire expressed by youngsters and their families for a climbing wall and gym to be established in Bahrain. The event proved that the sport has a great future in the country and can become an aspirational activity for young people within the community. The international speed climbing federation (ISPC) is looking for new venues to stage a round of the World Cup Championship in future years. With the success of this event and the enthusiasm and scope for the sport there is a genuine desire to see it develop in the future.

 

Sport climbing first steps in Bahrain, photo A. Kaminski

Sport climbing first steps in Bahrain, photo A. Kaminski

Other sports and organizations that were recognised for their contribution during the Season included Amwaj Island, Al Aali Mall, Kite Boarding, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding, beach soccer and Beach Volleyball alongside Formula One and the Bahrain International Circuit. In closing, Sportique88 event organizer Martin Whitaker praised the Ministry of Culture and HE Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa for the vision to establish the event. “This2013 Manama Capital of Arab Tourism has provided a perfect platform to demonstrate the value of sport and the excitement and passion that a range of sports can bring to the country and its communities. Over the last three months we have seen thousands of people enjoying a wide range of different sports either as competitors or spectators. The value that this brings to Bahrain is immeasurable and together with the countless sporting clubs, associations and federations we all look forward to using theSeason of Sport as a springboard to encourage greater participation at home and as an awareness builder for Bahrain internationally”.

Source: www.moc.gov.bh