Background Information
The sport and recreational game of woodball was introduced into Malaysia in 1995 by it's promoter Mr. Thomas Kok. The game is played similar to golf with a swinging tee-shot and putting strokes. Being a visually exciting game which looks deceptively easy to play but hard to master it soon caught the interest of many people.

Within a very short time the first woodball course in Malaysia was built on a public road reserve in Taman OUG, Kuala Lumpur. Soon thereafter with the support of the City Council of Kuala Lumpur who had allowed the association to use the area and the support of the increasing players the Association of Woodball Recreation, Kuala Lumpur was formed. Subsequently the game grew, attracting players from all parts of the country resulting in a need for a national association. Thus, the name was changed to Malaysia Woodball Association with the Registrar of Societies in 1999.

In year 2008 Malaysia Woodball Association was approved and accepted as an associate member of Malaysia Olympic Council and Woodball was recognized and accepted as one of the 17 Sports in the 1st BALI ASIAN BEACH GAMES 2008 TO BE HELD IN BALI, INDONESIA.

International Recognition of Woodball
Since the recreational game's inception in the early 1990's by a Taiwanese, Mr. Weng Meng Hui, it's has grown by leaps and bounds; not only by the numbers of people playing which has run into tens of thousands in Taiwan alone, it is played in 22 countries around the world and it has been recognised as a sporting event by the Asian Olympic Council in 1999. In the same year, Malaysia was given the honor to organise and host the 1st Asian Woodball Championship at Lanjut Beach Resort Woodball course, noted the best Woodball course in the world. Thereafter, in 2001, it was held in Chiangmai Thailand. In 2003 being held in Nanking China, 2005 in Singapore and 2007 in Changhua, Taiwan. In view of the fast growing popularity of the sport with annual international championships held in many countries, an improved and formalised international rules & regulations have been compiled to regulate play and competition to the high standards befitting the sport. The first edition of the International Woodball Rules and Regulations have been approved in 2001 at Chiangmai, Thailand. It was further revised in year 2006. Rules of beach woodball was also established in year 2007. In-continuation of improving quality, standards and consistency, the International Woodball Federation has started the first formal international referee training program in 2003. Many season good players from various countries participated and they were certified as international referee official. In 2004, the 1st World Cup Woodball Championship was held in Chinese Taipei and Malaysia was attributed by the International Woodball Federation to organise and host the 2nd World Cup Woodball Championship 2006. Following after that, the 3rd world cups woodball championship was held in 2008. Malaysia is proud to have the most International Standard Woodball Courses in the World particularly in the state of Pahang. In 2007, another magnificient International Woodball Course was emerged in Balok Recreation Beach Centre, located at Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia. The course was named after Laman Woodball Balok MPK. It is one of the best courses in the world. You must visit to enjoy and experience the course that you should not miss.


Objectives of The Association
It is the aim of the association to promote this healthy recreational game & sport to the people of Malaysia; to develop this sport to the highest possible standards both in terms of players skills and officials competency; to achieve sporting honours for our country and to promote friendship and goodwill through sporting events among fellow Malaysians and the international community.


Thus, it is our plan and committment to carry out these programs :-
Promotion of Woodball Sport to the Malaysian Youth
Promotion of Woodball Sport to people of all States in Malaysia
Encouragement of Woodball Club formation
Development of Officials; Coach, Referees & Managers
Development of Players & Team for International Championship High Honours
Promote friendship and Goodwill Through Woodball Sports.
Obtain Sports Status recognition in Malaysia
Provide the best Woodball Resources & Services to Members and Other Interested Parties


Achievements
The association has within the last few years had successfully introduced the sport to many people, the game is actively played in several courses throughout the nation.

Malaysian Woodball players are frequently top seeded in most international championships played in Asia. Past honors list includes:-




MALAYSIA WON THE GOLD MEDALS

The recent 3rd World Cup Woodball Championship was held in Singapore from 16th to 20th May 2008 in conjunction with the 9th Singapore Lion Cup International Woodball Open Championship.

The Competition Venue was at the scenic East Coast Park, strategically located near the East Coast Beach with plenty of trees. The weather was extremely hot.
There are 9 countries participated the said Championships. Namely: 1. Chinese Taipei 2. Hong Kong, China, 3. Indonesia, 4. Japan, 5. Malaysia, 6. Mongolia, 7. Singapore, 8. Thailand, 9. Uganda.

Mr. Wei Zhi Zhong, Chairman of Sports Committee of Olympic Council Asia was presence to grace the auspicious occasion followed by Mr. Weng Ming Hui, President of International Woodball Federation and Mr. Thomas Kok, President of Asian Woodball Federation were also presence to grace the occasion.

The Malaysia Contingent comprised of 9 Men’s Players, 7 Ladies Players and 1 coach sponsored by FuxionExcel International Sdn Bhd.

The tuff fight was amongst the top seeded players from Chinese Taipei, Malaysia and Singapore. It was anticipated that the men team Champion would be won by Malaysia and Ladies Team Champion would be won by Chinese Taipei.

After the three days exciting competitions, the anticipated results are as follows:

3rd World Cup Woodball Championship 2008.

The Men Gold Medal Winner was Malaysia Men team comprising from Left, Jamil Mat Ali, Azmi Ahmad, Hamkar Abd Ghafar, Siow Chong Wah, Syed Bakar, Ariffin Mamat

9th Singapore Lion Cup International Woodball Open Championship 2008

The Men Gold Medal Winner was Malaysia Men Team comprising from left, Hamkar Abd Ghafar, Azmi Ahmad, Syed Bakar, Ariffin Mamat.

The 1st Asian Beach Games (ABG) organized by Olympic Council Asia (OCA) is to be held from 18th to 26th October 2008 in Bali, Indonesia. There are total 17 Sports in this auspicious inaugural ABG and Woodball is one of them. At least 10 countries are expected to compete in Woodball Sport. Malaysia is anticipated to win if not 4 gold at least 3 gold.

Reported by Malaysia Woodball Association. 29/05/08

3rd world cup group photo
3rd World Cup Group Photo

3rd world cup champion
3rd World Cup Champion

9th S'pore lion cup champion
9th S'pore Lion Cup Champion

M'sia player in action
M'sia Player in Action

M'sia top player in play
M'sia Top Player in Play

 

World Cup Woodball Championship 2006