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Sky Ice beats Falcons 9-0, Canstar beats Sky Ice 3-1

Wing 41 Sports Competition kicks off with grand opening ceremony

Kawila Swimming Training Center wins first Nakhon Ping Swim-a-thon

Singha Numchai becomes official mascot of National Nakhon Chiang Mai Games

Charoen Charoen wins charity bowling tournament

First Asian Transplant Games get underway this week in Chiang Mai

Scat on over to the Swiss Pub for a game of Skat on Tuesdays

Chiang Mai Bike Week has full support of the TAT

Chiang Maiís annual Terry Fox Run is being held today (November 2) at the 700th Anniversary Chiang Mai Sports Complex

Fitness Tips

Sky Ice beats Falcons 9-0, Canstar beats Sky Ice 3-1

8th Annual OK Cup International Charity Ice Hockey Tournament underway in Chiang Mai

The 8th Annual OK Cup International Charity Ice Hockey Tournament got underway in Chiang Mai on Wednesday, October 30, with teams in the Asian Division facing off.

The Chiang Mai Falcons (in yellow) faced off against Chiang Mai Sky Ice (in blue). The Falcons were thoroughly beaten by the score of 9 - 0.

In the first exciting match of the tournament, Chiang Mai Sky Ice whitewashed the Chiang Mai Falcons by the score of 9 to 0. The Falcons put up a game effort, but fell behind early and were never able to quite get on track. Sky Ice, meanwhile, got on a roll and never looked back.

The second match was scheduled to have a team from Manila facing off against Canstar, but since the Manila team couldnít make it, the winner of the first match, Sky Ice, filled in. Canstarís fresher legs prevailed 3-1.

Hundreds of hockey enthusiasts, mostly foreigners and local teenagers turned out for the opening matches. Ice hockey teams from Korea, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Philippines, Dubai, Switzerland, Finland, and Thailand are participating in the tournament.

The tournament is a charity event and each year raises money for a very special charity project. John Casella, executive director of the Churchill Pryce Planner Co., Ltd. and one of the organizers of the event told Chiangmai Mail, ďEach year, the net proceeds from the tournament and all sponsorship donations go directly to Father Joe Maierís ĎHuman Development Foundation.í Last year, we raised over THB 600,000 and the year before we raised over THB 750,000. This year we hope to raise even more, but this may be tough to achieve.Ē

The tournament, being played at the Bully Sky Ice Skating Rink in the Kad Suan Kaew shopping complex, will continue through the weekend. The quarterfinals, semifinals and finals are scheduled to take place today, Saturday, November 2 (please see schedule).

Wing 41 Sports Competition kicks off with grand opening ceremony

Metinee Chaikuna and Supatatt Dangkrueng

The grand opening ceremony for the Wing 41 Sports Competition took place on Thursday, October 24 at Wing 41ís football pitch. The commander of Wing 41, Group Captain Anon Jarayapant presided over the opening ceremony and gave an introductory speech to the sportsmen. Following the speech, the competitors paraded their colors before the assembled crowd.

The high flying Sritana Commercial College cheerleading squad, recent winners of the Queen Sirikit Cup in the Selero Championship 2002, kicked off the Wing 41 Sports Competition.

The opening ceremonies featured many shows and activities, beginning with cheerleading by Thailandís championship cheerleading squad from Sritana Commercial College, recent winners of the Queen Sirikit Cup in the Selero Championship 2002.

Before the cheering died down, five parachutists, all rescue officers from Chiang Maiís Flying Unit 2033, floated down onto the pitch, each carrying balls to be used in the football matches of the competition. Wing Commander Sombut Tuaytong led the descent, closely followed by Flight Lieutenant Arun Somwang, Flight Sergeant First Class Tinnakorn Muangkotre, Flight Sergeant First Class Somsak Termlap, and Flight Sergeant First Class Seree Wangcharoen. The five-man squad jumped from a helicopter hovering at 10,000 feet.

A celebrity football match got the sports competition underway. The two teams competing in the opening event were a senior football team from the Royal Thai Air Force and an all-star team led by famous national football player, Piyapong Pewon, who was joined by many famous actors, including Noppachai Mattaweewong and Tuk Boriboon.

During a break in the action, Piyapong coached youngsters from the Wing 41 youth football team.

Kawila Swimming Training Center wins first Nakhon Ping Swim-a-thon

500 competitors from around the region compete in the event

Supatatt Dangkrueng and Metinee Chaikuna

A team from Kawila Swimming Training Center won the first ever Nakhon Ping Swim-a-thon last week at the 700th Anniversary of Chiang Mai Sports Complex. For their prowess in the pool, the Kawila team received a trophy donated by PM Thaksin Shinawatra.

There were plenty of trophies up for grabs in the colorful Nakhon Ping Swim-a-thon last week at the 700th Anniversary of Chiang Mai Sports Complex.

The Chiang Mai Rujirawongse Swimming Pool Team finished in second place.

Third place went to the naval officers team, which won the Chiang Mai Governor Pisit Katephasuk Trophy.

Samakee Chiang Rai Swimming Club finished fourth and the swimming club from Bodindecha School came fifth. Well done to all teams that participated.

The first Nakhon Ping Swimming Games was organized by Keela (Sports) for Teenage Thai Co., Ltd. As well as being a sporting competition, it was also organized as a tourism event so that the athletes from other provinces could experience the attractions in Chiang Mai, such as Doi Inthanon, Wat Phra Thard Doi Suthep and the Phuping Palace.

Singha Numchai becomes official mascot of National Nakhon Chiang Mai Games

Metinee Chaikuna

The 33rd National Games will be held December13-24, in Chiang Mai, and Wipada Treesut, the director of Chiang Mai Commercial Affairs declared that the official symbol, official mascot and the pictograms of the Games have already been produced. The mascot, Singha Numchai means the victorious lion.

Tida Prasitbureeruk, managing director of the Number One Media Company, displays Singha Numchai, the official mascot of National Nakhon Chiang Mai Games.

Two companies have been granted copyright over the mascot. Number One Media Company, though its managing director, Tida Prasitbureeruk, said that the company had received permission to have the rights to produce and sell the official symbol, official mascot, and the pictograms of the mascot Singha Numchai.

The company has produced the mascot in wood in eight positions. The mascot, which is around 20 cm tall, is a handmade jigsaw and can, for example, be used as a pencil container on your desk. Every mascot has a copyright certificate on its box, and the price ranges from 200-2,000 baht. There are only 4,000 mascots available and the production supports the One Tambon-One Product Project, as the mascots are the handiwork of local people.

Siam Celadon Pottery Ltd received the copyright to produce and sell the mascot in celadon. The company will provide 5,650 green ceramic mascots for the sportsmen and sportswomen. A spokesman for the company said that celadon is one of Chiang Maiís symbols, and when combined with the Singha that stands in front of every Thai templeís gates, will become a much wanted combination for the National Games this year.

The celadon mascots are available for 199 baht and there are also mugs with the National Games logo for 99 baht each.

The revenue from selling the mascot is planned to support the 33rd National Games in Chiang Mai. Wipada said that the Commercial Affairs Department in Chiang Mai still needs sales representatives and any company interested in getting copyright approval for the mascot can contact the Office of Commercial Affairs Chiang Mai.

Charoen Charoen wins charity bowling tournament

Metinee Chaikuna

The Charoen Charoen Team from Charoen Charoen Service knocked down a total of 1,006 pins to win the HRH Princess Galayani Nivadhana Trophy at the charity bowling tournament held recently at Chiang Mai Bowl.

The Faculty of Dentistry, Chiang Mai University organized the bowling tournament to raise money for charity and to celebrate the 30th anniversary the Faculty of Dentistry.

Winners of the Faculty of Dentistry, Chiang Mai University Charity Bowling Tournament proudly display the spoils of victory.

All income earned during the competition was donated to the 100th Anniversary Margin in Honor of the Late Princess Mother Under Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Galayani Nivadhana.

Two-person team runners-up were from the Welfare Department at the Faculty of Dentistry, who accumulated a 941 total pin count.

The Dr. Sawang Clinic Team knocked down a total of 884 pins to finish third.

Praphan, from the Faculty of Agriculture, won the singleís male open competition with a total pin count of 466. Praphan received a shield from Special Prof. Lieutenant General Pisan Tepsitta.

Miss Yupin from Eminent Ltd. won the womenís singles division with 445 pins. Yupin earned a shield from Associate Prof. Dent. Chote Luangarpa.

First Asian Transplant Games get underway this week in Chiang Mai

Wasant Pothaprasert and Nuttanee Thaveephol

The 1st Asian Transplant Games get underway this week at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium. Asian members from 28 countries will participate in 8 sports: athletics, badminton, table tennis, bowling, tennis, golf, swimming and petong in Chiang Mai November 3 - 9.

HRH Princess Galayani will preside over the tournamentís opening ceremony.

Phaibul Jitprapai, the president of the Transplantee Society of Thailand said that he will be pleased to welcome transplantees from all over Asia and nearby countries to attend the First Asian Transplant Games.

Udom Puasakul, Chiang Maiís deputy governor, who is also the chairman of the organizing group, said he hopes that the tournament will encourage people to become interested in organ donation. There will be extensive media promotion both in Thailand and abroad and it is hoped that local enterprises will assist.

The Chiang Mai deputy governor said, ďIn this tournament we are hopeful that the people from Chiang Mai and nearby provinces will encourage the sportsmen from Thailand and all countries.Ē

The Transplantee Society of Thailand is supported by the Sport Authority of Thailand, the Sport Authority Region Center 5, Chiang Mai Provincial Administration, and the Chiang Mai governor in promoting the tournament.

Scat on over to the Swiss Pub for a game of Skat on Tuesdays

There is an informal get-together to play ďSkatĒ at the Swiss Pub every Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. onwards. All welcome, very informal, and relatively new. Swiss Pub is in the area of the Anusarn Market, near the Night Bazaar, just behind the Royal Princess Hotel.

Chiang Mai Bike Week has full support of the TAT

Metinee Chaikuna

Motorcycle clubs from throughout the world will make for Chiang Mai to participate in the Chiang Mai Bike Week 2002 December 6-8. Chalermsuk Suranunt, the director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Northern Office Region 1 told the Chiangmai Mail that the North Comets Motorcycle Club in Chiang Mai, which is sponsored by the General Staff Division Provincial Police Region 5, Chiang Mai Municipality, and the TAT have been busy preparing a full program for the bikers.

Chiang Maiís Harley enthusiasts will be joined by hundreds of other Harley bikers for the annual Chiang Mai Bike Week in December.

This is the second Chiang Mai Bike Week, which originated from the Harley Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts clubs, which joined with Harley lovers of Thailand and other countries. The aims of the organization are to travel around Chiang Mai by motorcycle and to carry out charity activities.

This year, support will be given to raise the funds for the campaign against drugs project of the General Staff Division Provincial Police Region 5 and to promote Chiang Mai tourism.

Around 600 participants are expected to come to Chiang Mai, where they will be met with the atmosphere of Kad Mua, the Northern style market. For spectators, there will be motorcycle displays.

The following day, the riders from all over the world will ride in convoy through scenic areas of Chiang Mai and neighboring provinces.

The finale will be a banquet in the 700 Year Anniversary Sports Complex, providing funds to support the Anti-Drug Project.

Chiang Maiís annual Terry Fox Run is being held today (November 2) at the 700th Anniversary Chiang Mai Sports Complex

Metinee Chaikuna

The Regent Chiang Mai Resort & Spa in conjunction with the Oncological (Cancer) Society of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty has organized the Terry Fox Run to raise funds for cancer research. Proceeds raised from the previous five runs in Chiang Mai totaled 1,147,000 baht, all of which was retained for use in Thailand.

This year there will be a lucky draw for all participants who complete the event on the day. Silk Air has donated a return ticket from Chiang Mai to Singapore for the lucky draw. It will be coupled with a 2-night stay donated by the Regent Singapore.

The Terry Fox Run is a marathon competition inspired by Terry Fox, an 18-year-old Canadian man who was diagnosed with osteoginic sarcoma, or bone cancer, and had his right leg amputated six inches above the knee. While in hospital, Terry was so overcome by the suffering of cancer patients that he decided to run across Canada, more than 8,500km, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, to raise money for cancer research. The run became known as the Marathon of Hope. Terry died on June 24, 1981 at the age of 22.

Every year, more than 50 countries organize their own Terry Fox Run to raise money for cancer research, which is awarded to an accredited cancer facility within their country.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts staff, Canadian Embassies, Consulates and the Department of National Defense and local cancer societies organize international events.

In Chiang Mai, the Regent Chiang Mai, Resort & Spa, a four seasons resort, annually holds the Terry Fox Run, and get much cooperation from Ballantineís, Silk Air, Vanichwathana, Boncafe (Thailand) Ltd., Bank of Ayudhya, The Pizza Company, Sizzler, Dairy Queen, and Vitttel.

People can apply and collect their running number on Saturday November 2, from 05.00 a.m. prior to commencement of the run at the 700th Anniversary Chiang Mai Sports Complex.

Fitness Tips: Exercise and Pregnancy

GíDay Readers,

A new study, published in a recent issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has revealed that exercise, even during late pregnancy, may prevent complications in pregnant women and their newborns.

The study looked at 75 pregnant women who exercised regularly. Each of the women were divided into three groups and worked out on either a treadmill, stepping machine or participated in a step aerobics class during their eighth week of pregnancy. The report goes on to state that any woman exercising regularly before she became pregnant should not cease the physical activity during the pregnancy and women who were previously inactive but are looking to ease the effects on her body should commence exercise, but all women should gain clearance from an Ob. Gyn. to participate in the exercise.

What you will be told, along with a couple of other things, is something to the effect of: remember that the baby will not handle the exercise as well as the mother so follow these guidelines:

* Avoid overheating

* Avoid prolonged strenuous exercise; limit the hard work section to 15 minutes or less

* Stay well hydrated; drink plenty of water before, during and after exercise. Take a water bottle with you to your workout session and make sure you finish it by the time you finish your session.

* Do not use sweating as an indicator of how hot you might be getting. Your core (internal) temperature may well rise long before perspiration sets in.

* Avoid exercising on hot, humid days; use fans in hot weather and strongly consider getting into an air-conditioned gym.

* Wear light, loose fitting clothing - 100% cotton is always the best.

* Donít even consider a sauna or steam room session - core temp!

* Avoid high intensity exercise; a heart rate of 140 beats per minute ensures no abnormal responses from the fetus. Any speeds significantly faster and there have been shown strong signs of distress. If you donít have a heart rate monitor then 140 beats per minute is about the level where you are a little short of breath but can still hold a conversation.

If you are a regular, then step down the intensity of your classes/work load and if you are just starting then think about aqua aerobics at a sensible speed along with other low to moderate intensity activities. Yes, the more you put in to your workout the more you will get out of it, but when you are pregnant you canít put too much in due to the core temperature and softer joints issues.

Non weight bearing exercise will be the best (i.e., swimming and cycling), as it ensures you get a workout while taking stress off the joints and it reduces the opportunity to fall over. High speed running, jumping and high low aerobics classes must be avoided for these reasons.

More on this next time, sorry about that but as soon as I got into the article I realised that it would not be the best thing to give you half the how to do it and get away with it tips.

Carpe Diem