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“Rock Stars” of a different kind reach new heights in Chiang Mai

Lamphun athletes rewarded for excellence in National Games

Chiang Mai Commercial College (CCC) to hold its first Mini Marathon

Chiang Mai Pool League

Fitness Tips

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

The Square Ring

Thai tennis professional Paradorn Srichaphan on CNN

Paradorn seeded 11th for Australian Open

Chiangmai SportRoundup

“Rock Stars” of a different kind reach new heights in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai champions show their stuff

Supatatt Dangkrueng

Rock climbing has become quite popular in Thailand lately, and although it is a new sport in Thailand we have the same international standard as others. To show the world where we are at, a rock climbing competition has been organized every year in the north.

Winners and their trophies, plus all the competitors give out a big “Chai Yo!’ as the competition was deemed a success.

Climb up, climb higher - wall climbing isn’t exactly the easiest sport to begin with, and with challenges like this it becomes even more difficult. Only the fittest and most agile of athletes can reach the top.

This year, Peak 4x4 Off Road Center Co., Ltd. organized the Thailand Sport Climbing Championship 2002 at the Peak Rock Climbing Plaza, Night Bazaar. The competition aimed to encourage new generations of rock climbers and support them to become national players. It also showed the talents of all competitors and hoped to encourage teenagers to spend leisure time exercising on the cliffs.

The championship was held during December last year at the Peak Rock Climbing Plaza in the center of the city. The competitions was divided into speed and difficulty for men and women into 6 categories.

John Morris won the first prize in the open competition on the most difficult class and the first prize for women went to Terry Gibbs. In the professional division of the most difficult category, Ayu Abuwa won the men’s first prize and Cathereeya Uppakham won the women’s. The fastest climber in the professional category for men was Kittiphong Kaewkhla and for women Cathereeya Uppakham again.

Lamphun athletes rewarded for excellence in National Games

Nuttanee Thaveephol

After gaining 31 medals for their home province, Lamphun athletes received their certificates, shields, and prize monies; 10,000 baht for gold, 5,000 for silver, and 3,000 for bronze from the governor and the Sports Association.

Anusorn Wongwan president of the Lamphun Sports Association thanked the athletes for bringing home the medals.

Lamphun Governor Thawach Sathiennam presided over the presentation and threw a party for the athletes who won 8 gold, 14 silver and 9 bronze medals putting Lamphun in 11th place in Thailand. The celebration began with the local drum parade leading all the victorious Lamphun athletes into the celebration arena and took them up on to the stage with spontaneous applause from well wishers.

The president of Lamphun Sports Association, Anusorn Wongwan said that Lamphun was in 3rd place in the northern provinces in the recent National Games held in Chiang Mai December 13-24. “All the athletes have been trying hard and did their best to get medals for Lamphun, which has never done particularly well before. I hope that this celebration and the rewards from the province will be the stimulus for all to improve their abilities and bring fame for the province again in the next competition,” he said.

Some of Lamphun victors get their rewards from Governor Thawach Sathiennam (standing center), and Anusorn Wongwan (standing 4th from right), the president of Lamphun Sports Association.

However, Lamphun is a small province and Anusorn said that there should be more support for the Sports Association to create a more successful provincial team of athletes in the future.

Chiang Mai Commercial College (CCC) to hold its first Mini Marathon

Nuttanee Thaveephol

Morakot Suwanchin, the director of CCC said that the college and the CCC Alumni Alliance would arrange the 1st CCC Mini Marathon on Saturday January 18, to be presided over by Chiang Mai mayor Boonlert Buranupakorn.

The objective of the mini marathon is to encourage people to be aware of the importance of exercising according to the government’s policy on health promotion, and to fight against drugs, and to create a good relationship between teachers, students and alumni.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the college’s scholarships and the fund for the Chiang Mai Commercial College Alumni Alliance.

The 6.5 kilometers loop starts from CCC, proceeds around the city moat and finishes back at the college. The first 3 places will receive cups and cash prizes and the first 50 runners will get a souvenir of the event.

Entry fees are between 50 and 30 baht, depending upon the age group entered. Classes are under 17, 18-23, 24-29, 30-39, 40-49, and more than 50 years old. Interested runners can get more information by contacting the Chiang Mai Commercial College Information counter or call 0 5327 4715, 0 5320 8113, 0 5327 2210.

Chiang Mai Pool League

Results 3-Jan-03:

December Bar 4-5 Flamingo

Hiss & Slither 7-2 Home To Roost

Rock Harder 3-6 Rock Hard

Blue Sky Garden 6-3 No Name Cafe

Up2u 4-5 Viking Bar

Note: Due to a miss interpretation of his own rules (pot the 8 ball on the break you lose) John (UP2U) allowed UP2U to win a game illegally. Last week’s result is therefore amended from UP2U 4 Viking 5 to UP2U 3 Viking 6.

Fitness Tips: It’s fun time now!

G’Day readers and welcome to another year of fitness tips. Aquatic exercise - this is the best time of year to be it to it:

Relieve arthritis through Aqua

Many arthritis sufferers will undoubtedly boast the benefits they have enjoyed from participating in aquatic exercise. Aquatic exercise for arthritis sufferers has proved to be valuable physical therapy for individuals with arthritic and related conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and ankylosing spondylitis.

Not a lot of dancing going on here but I guarantee that the people that want to put a lot of effort into an exercise class in the pool will get huge benefits out of it.

The benefits of aquatic exercise for the arthritis sufferer are endless but include the following:

* Temperature-controlled aquatic therapy pools, which provide a comfortable environment for arthritis patients.

* Depending on water depth, participants may only need to move one-sixth of their body weight to receive benefits, which allows for greater mobility without the risk of injury.

* Aqua therapy allows for a more rapid recovery following surgery.

* Aquatic exercise is fun! Therefore, participants will be more likely to maintain regular attendance. They are also likely to form new friendships with other people in similar situations.

Just think, having fun while you are exercising and using not only the physical benefit of the workout to keep you coming back but knowing that you will get a laugh and make some new friends as well; what a bonus.

Can Aqua reduce your chances of stroke?

Have you ever wondered if you could be at risk of stroke or heart disease? It is near impossible to tell whether an individual is in the high-risk category by simply looking themselves up and down without delving into their family history and health background. A new study presented at the recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology researchers revealed that waist to hip ratio is a crucial factor in determining an individuals risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Researchers from the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York compared 570 stroke victims with 1,100 people who had never suffered a stroke. It was found that waist-to-hip ratio (how big their waist was relative to their hips) was the most significant difference between the two groups. Those who had suffered a stroke had the largest waist-to-hip ratio.

Those people who have relatively thin arms and legs and a rounded stomach tend to be most at risk. While professionals will suggest that they monitor their blood pressure closely and regularly check in with their doctor, continual participation in an aqua aerobics class may be one of the best things for them. As we know, aquatic activities are a great form of cardiovascular exercise, which may contribute to lowering blood pressure and increasing fitness. Aqua exercise is also excellent for weight loss, which could contribute to a reduction in waist-to-hip ratios. YES IT CAN.

Carpe’ Diem

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai is picked up from the “ONON” pub (Moon Mueng Soi 1) at 16.00 once every 2 weeks (hence: on 18-11, 2-12, 16-12, 30-12 and 13 01 2003). Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.

CSH3 is a mixed Saturday hash which is picked up from the H3 Pub on Moon Mueng Road every Saturday at 15.30. Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.

CUMH3 is a male hash which runs from the “ONON” Pub every consecutive (from CH3) Tuesday. Pick up is at 16.00.

BH3 is a female hash (Harriettes) that runs once a month on the last Sunday of the month.

We also have two so-called outstations coming up: A male hash outstation to Bangkok on 7, 8, 9 December and a mixed outstation to Chiang Dao on 14 & 15 December. All information either from Fish and Chips, H3 or “ONON” Pub. Or look at the websites at:

It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!

The Square Ring

by Howie Reed

Whilst in the midst of celebrating the holidays, got some e-mails to share. Straight away from the World’s Greatest Dart Player ever and big time boxing fan, who just concluded a visit to Phuket where he was the second biggest draw at the Island Lager Bar Beer. The biggest draw? The Island Lager Bar.

From John Lowe of the Derbyshire Lowe’s of England: “Howie, Big George Foreman appeared on a chat show on British TV recently, he was of course promoting the George Foreman Grill which is selling by the thousands, he told Parkinson that he will be applying for a license to fight at 50, he intends to be the oldest heavyweight champion, his he for real?” If anything in the world is real it’s George Foreman. If Big George said, “I’m going to jump over the moon,” you best buy a telescope to watch the action. His grill is great. He got 100 million USD’s for the lifetime endorsement. Not too Chablis.

From Cheryl McCullough, the second prettiest of the McCullough’s. Daughter Wyona being numero uno. “Wayne McCullough vs Scott Harrison is set for March 22nd 2003. No venue is set yet, but we have no problems going to Scotland to win the belt!” Tip: if the fight’s in Glasglow, as it seems it will be, don’t eat the haggis. Stick with a good Irish 7 course meal. “Six beers and a potato.” Writing about the Pocket Rocket, not only is he getting one title fight but a win could propel him into another. Paulie Ayala has indicated he will be returning to the junior featherweight division to defend his IBO 122lb belt. Among the opponents named were Manny Pacquiao, Wayne McCullough and Johnny Tapia. The latter Tapia is just silly. They’ve already fought twice with Ayala winning both.

Kinda of an interesting fight coming up on Monday evening in Tokyo. WBC Super Featherweight Champion Sirimongkol Singwancha (41-1) is fighting for the WBC Jr. Lightweight title against Korean Yongsoo Choi (29-2-1) who used to be the WBA Super featherweight titleholder. OK here’s the deal. Do I know the difference between a WBC Super Featherweight and a WBC Jr. Lightweight? Not a flipping clue. The Super Feather weight limit is 130lbs and the Lightweight limit is 135lbs. There is NO listing anywhere for a WBC Jr. Lightweight Champion. Do I know why a Thai and Korean are fighting in Japan? Nope. Call me clue less in Las Vegas.

The fight itself should be interesting, to say the least. The least is about 250 words which is important when you’re getting paid by the word. Singwancha is considered just a step below the tops in a division ruled by Flord Mayweather jr. (WBC 135 Lbs Champion), Joel Casamayor (28-1) and Acelino Freitas (WBA/WBO 130lb champion). Actually he’s a rather large step below those. One computer ranking, which is really good, as opposed to those computer rankings that aren’t, has him a couple of steps below fellow Thai Yodsanan Nanthachai 3-K Battery (39-2).

Writing of 3-K he made noises of fighting Joel Casamayor in the near future. The chances of that have improved as Casamayor has all of a sudden gone on a routine of fighting rather than sitting back and waiting. The Cuban expat, sure they have them, they’re called Floridians, gets back in the ring the 25th of January just 36 days after he whacked out Yoni Vargas in 5.

Back to Singwancha. He does have the credentials of only one loss which came back on November 11, 1997 in Osaka when he lost his WBC Bantam Weight title to Joichiro Tatsuyoshi via a 7th round TKO. Since moving up in weight he’s 26-0 which is close to perfect. Yongsoo Choi’s career has been interesting and anything but a smooth ride on the toll road. He was the WBA Super Featherweight Champion from 1996 to 98 defending 8 times going 6-1-1. After losing the title in 98, he fought three times in 99 then said “Adios” or whatever the Korean equivalent of “I’m out of here” is. Decided that real work wasn’t his plate of Kimch’I so he made a comeback of sorts in the year of Ought 2. Twice he invited foolish Thai lads to visit him in Japan. Suphachai Poh Surasak (0-0-0) got KO’d in 1 and Petcharoon Wor Surapol (3-2-2) lasted 5. Singwancha (41-1) will be a different kettle of fish which may not be Choi’s Kimch’I. How about them apples?

Thai tennis professional Paradorn Srichaphan on CNN

“I feel that I am not just representing Thailand, but I feel that I play for Asian tennis,” Thai tennis player Paradorn Srichaphan tells CNN’s Talk Asia. Named the country’s first sports ambassador for youth, the 23-year-old meets host Loraine Hahn this Saturday and shares his road to victory and the secrets to his success.

Srichaphan spurred an outbreak of tennis fever all over Thailand as he has moved his way up the world rankings from 126 to 14 in only one year, taking on tennis icons such as Andre Agassi and Lleyton Hewitt in the process.

During the interview on Talk Asia, the tennis talent talks about his career, his life and his goals to break into the top ten and win a major championship in 2003.

Airtimes (subject to change):

Saturday January 11 at 05:00 & 21:30

Sunday January 12 at 07:30 & 18:30

Monday January 13 at 04:00, 10:30 & 20:30

Paradorn seeded 11th for Australian Open

List of men’s singles seedings released

The Associated Press

The list of seeded players in men’s singles at the Australian Open tennis championships (current world rankings in parentheses):

1: Lleyton Hewitt, Australia (1)

2: Andre Agassi, United States (2)

3: Marat Safin, Russia (3)

4: Juan Carlos Ferrero,: Spain (4)

5: Carlos Moya, Spain (5)

6: Roger Federer, Switzerland (6)

7: Jiri Novak, Czech Republic (7)

8: Albert Costa, Spain (8)

9: Andy Roddick, United States (10)

10: David Nalbandian, Argentina (12)

11: Paradorn Srichaphan, Thailand (14)

12: Sebastien Grosjean, France (16)

13: Fernando Gonzalez, Chile (17)

14: Guillermo Canas, Argentina (18)

15: Alex Corretja, Spain (19)

16: Sjeng Schalken, Netherlands (20)

17: Gaston Gaudio, Argentina (21)

18: Younes El Aynaoui, Morocco (22)

19: Juan Ignacio Chela, Argentina (23)

20: Xavier Malisse, Belgium (25)

21: Andrei Pavel, Romania (26)

22: Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Russia (27)

23: James Blake, United States (28)

24: Nicolas Lapentti, Ecuador (29)

25: Mikhail Youzhny, Russia (30)

26: Tommy Robredo, Spain (31)

27: Jan-Michael Gambill, United States (33)

28: Fabrice Santoro, France (34)

29: Nicolas Escude, France (35)

30: Gustavo Kuerten, Brazil (37)

31: Rainer Schuettler, Germany (38)

32: Stefan Koubek, Austria (40)