Some 176 participants of JomBEDS 2.0, an extreme sports programme, abseiled down the 18-metre high Victoria Bridge in Karai on October 13 and 14. And in the process created a record, of sorts.
JomBEDS 2.0 was organised by Ventrex Outdoor Recreation in collaboration with the Menteri Besar’s Office, Malaysian Association Youth Club Perak and Persatuan Mendaki Perak.
State assemblyman for Jalong, Loh Sze Yee who was present to officiate the programme, got to experience the flying fox activity firsthand.
The youngest participant, Aiman Harith Sulaiman, 8, was never afraid when he descended the Victoria Bridge across Perak River. Aiman is an extreme sports enthusiast and has kayaked, biked and hiked mountains with his parents. Aiman was accompanied by his father, Sulaiman Ahmad, for this activity.
JomBEDS 2.0 was given due recognition by the Malaysia Book of Records for having the largest number of participants.
Edwin Yeoh, the Malaysian Book of Records director, presented the certificate of recognition to Ventrex Outdoor Recreation programme director, Mohd Fadly Md Noor.
Fadly expressed his gratitude to all the participants for making the event a reality. “The response was overwhelming and unexpected. Obviously, the youths have passion for extreme sports but they just don’t have a platform,” he said.
The programme continued the following day with the public trying out abseiling for themselves. Azhar Kassim, 54, from Taiping were among the first to abseil. “This is a good platform for those who love extreme sports. It helps build one’s mental and physical strength. I hope the event will be held more often,” he added.