Sunday, January 3, 2010

I have a dream...

With reference to Martin Luther King "I have a dream" speech:

I have a dream. I say to you my friends that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment. I still have a dream. It is a dream to make paintball more accessible in Singapore.

I have a dream that one day, Singapore will be able to have our own paintball league of up to 4 playing divisions.

I have a dream that for this to happen, we need to work together to make this happen and playing in different paintball leagues will slow down the process. We are too divided.

I have a dream to see Singapore teams compete in the same league so that we are represented by one voice.

I dream... and we all have dreams, so let's dream about the same thing. We are the ones who can make things happen. Whiners will be whiners forever so let's do it instead of whining and waiting for others to make it happen. I have done my part, have you?

I still dream...

What's for Singapore paintball in 2010?

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An interesting question about 2010 but seriously, no one has a right answer for this. I hoped for a e-marker division in 2009 but it didn't take shape. Looking at how things are progressing... I don't think this is going to happen in 2010, or is it? Let's take a look back at 2009:

1) First mobile paintball arena was set up in Singapore Polytechnic. The first time that paintball was played in a school.

2) First paintball tournament that took placed outside a licenced premise - Singapore Paintball Novice Series 2009 Leg 2 was organized in Pasir Ris Park.

3) First Singapore paintball proshop, Paintballers World was set up catering to awareness promotion.

4) First time a 5 vs 5 format was adopted.

5) Removal of centerline condition under Singapore Police Force regulation for licensed operators.

6) 20 unique teams took part in Singapore Paintball Novice Series 2009.

7) 7 Singapore based teams took part in Paintball World Cup Asia (WCA) 2009. Contract Killers winning the 2nd position in Division 4.

8) First Singapore based referee to officiate in WCA 2009 and certification by Asia Refs.

9) Paintball workshops by Daniel "Junior" (XFox), Ken Tsuda (Oakland Blast), Francis Lucena "Kiko" (Real Pinoy), Junaidi (Malaysia Marshals).

10) Podium finishes by Singapore teams in a) MPOC (Div 3) - Red Sevens and Team Damnation b) My-NPL (Div 4) - Red Dynasty Boys and Team Karma.

Well... that's a lot of achievements considering that competitive paintball was only introduced to Singaporeans in the early months of 2008. So... what's left for 2010?