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On your marks, get set, toddle!

Prem Tinsulanonda girls did it again!

Chiang Mai golf gets Japanese boost

Lanna Flying Club for the aviation enthusiasts in Lamphun

Chiang Mai Pool League

Chiang Mai Saturday Hash House Harriers

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Chiangmai SportRoundup

On your marks, get set, toddle!

The Alacta Kidlympic Games 2003 is on next month

Supatatt Dangkrueng

Bristol-Myers Squibb (Thailand) Ltd., in cooperation with the Sports Authority of Thailand, will hold the third Alacta Kidlympic Games at the Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel from March 22-23 this year.

And they’re off! Racing towards the finish line at last year’s Alacta Kidlympic Games.

Anakkawat Korwattanakul, Bristol-Myers Squibb (Thailand) marketing director said that in the past two years, approximately 3,500 little competitors and 20,000 visitors participated in the games. It is expected this third Kidlympic Games will get a warm welcome from everyone again.

There are four age groups in the competition: 1-2 years, 2-3 1/2 years, 3 1/2-5 years and 5-7 years. In the infants level there are 3 kinds of events: 10-meter sprints, color matching and shape matching.

Tourism and Sports Minister Sonthaya Khunpluem watches the color matching events for kids between 1 & 2 years old.

For the next category, the 2 years to 3 1/2 years, the toddling athletes will compete in 20-meter sprints, tricycle racing and football.

The games for 3 1/2 to 5 year olds include the ‘marathon’ 50-meter race, bicycle racing, basketball shooting, and aerobics. Kids aged 5-7 years will be competing in 100-meter races and aerobics.

All little sportsmen are invited to join in the Alacta Kidlympic Games 2003 and applications must be in before February 28.

All interested can apply at the Alacta-NF booth at Big C Supercenter, Chiang Mai. For more information visit their website at or call 022 600 820 ext 2193 and 2192 and 1 800 238 342 (free call).

Prem Tinsulanonda girls did it again!

The girls from the Prem School basketball team continued their run of success this week by beating the American Pacific International School (APIS) 30-13.

Prem Tinsulanonda Girls’ Basketball Team (from left to right, back row first): Tyler Harvey, Ampawan Rojanavee, Seetala Bell, Renee Pun, Stephanie Hannah, Yupin Laosue, Nathalie Fordeyn, Melanie Forbes Harper, Sarah Inta, Naomi Hussain, Hannah Smith (Not shown).

During this school year their results to date are: Prem 23 versus Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) 13; Prem 34 versus Grace International School (GIS) 3; Prem 30 versus APIS 13.

This past Wednesday they played Murray, after which they looked forward to taking on the schools from Bangkok at the national competition, which is being held at the 700 year stadium in Chiang Mai on the 21st and 22nd of Feb.

All pupils in Chiang Mai, and their parents, will keep their fingers crossed and hopefully many will come and cheer for our Chiang Mai team and their coach, Janet Powell.

Chiang Mai Mail will keep you posted.

Chiang Mai golf gets Japanese boost

Metinee Chaikuna

Mana Chobtham, director of the Governors’ Office, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said that the 17th Kosaido Thailand Ladies Open, which was held in Chiang Mai, would draw more tourists and golfers to the region.

Mana Chobtham,
TAT Governor’s
Office director

Members of the Japanese golf tour.

The Kosaido Thailand Ladies Open 2003 is an annual event held in many countries in Asia. In Thailand, the tournament normally takes place in Bangkok. This year, it started in Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia and finished in Thailand.

Director Mana said, “This tournament included famous Asian golfers, and this time there were golfers from USA and Sweden as well. TAT supports the tournament as it makes golfers around the world realize that golf and golf courses in Thailand are world standard.”

He also said that the tournament could promote Chiang Mai and its golf courses to the world. “This is the first time they played in Chiang Mai. This is in line with the TAT policy on promoting other parts of Thailand apart from Bangkok.”

Director Mana also indicated that during December - January many Koreans were interested in playing golf in Chiang Mai and came on organized tours to the region. “The travel agencies have been promoting golf tours but for the professional golf tournaments, we need to find sponsors.”

Lanna Flying Club for the aviation enthusiasts in Lamphun

Metinee Chaikuna

Two men who love flying have set up a flying club in Ban Thi, Lamphun to live out their dream. Swiss, Robert Hupertz, and Belgian, Pierre-Yves Vandermeersch, and other friends founded the club in Lamphun 18 months ago. They have five of their own airplanes and a private airfield to land on and do their own maintenance.

Robert Hupertz does a little preventative maintenance on one of the club’s private planes.

Pierre-Yves Vandermeersch poses with one of his planes in a parking space in front of his house.

The club has now 20 members with most of them foreign nationals who love flying. “Most of our members are retired airline pilots who still want to fly, and people from Bangkok who want to fly over Chiang Mai when they come up here,” Robert said.

The two founders have been flying for many years. Pierre said that he has been flying for 23 years, although he was not a pilot, but a dentist. Robert has been flying for 8 years. They started flying in the USA and then in France.

The club is their dream and gives them their greatest enjoyment. They even established their houses near the airfield. “This is sheer pleasure. We love flying and want to meet people interested in the same thing as us. That’s why we set up this club here,” Robert said. Those who are interested in the club can contact 053-578 067.

Chiang Mai Saturday Hash House Harriers

Checkback 552

Pamela and Geisha graciously took over this run at the last minute. The run was quite far out of town, but a larger than usual crowd showed up for it. We had a lot of old time returnees like Safety Box, Hagen Wagen and Mud Wrestler were even there. Safety Box brought an old friend along for his first run ever, and boy, did he ever pick a doozy for his first run.

The trail immediately took us down a cliff. The runners resembled lemmings and they voluntarily dropped over the edge in one mass wave of humanity. And this was a precursor of what was to come. Once we got to the bottom, all we had to do was look around for the tallest hill within eyeshot and that was where we were headed. Up an down and in and out the gullies, this run took us places I’ve never been before, and don’t really want to see again. We have to give Pamela credit, though. After all, why be limited to running on trails when we can spend the entire time blazing our way across shiggy the entire time?

It kept us on our toes, though. Not being on trails, every left and right turn got the leader all screwed up. Helen kept going at one point about a hundred meters before realizing she wasn’t on paper, and everyone else was on another mountain by that time. In fact, I think most people didn’t really know where we were during most of the run.

The paper trail finally led us back to an area we’ve run in several times before, so we weren’t feeling so “lost” anymore. This gave everyone a well needed kick in the butt to drive us along that last kilometer of road back to the car park.

After the On In, there was one last hill to climb to get to the beer. Screw that! I saw that by going along the main road a bit further, you can go around the hill and avoid that last ordeal. Unfortunately, I was separated from the car and beer by an impenetrable barbed wire fence. So much for trying to outsmart the hares. All in all, an excellent run.

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Our Grand Mattress, X-Virgin opened the circle at 18:25. The Hares, Pamela and Geisha were given the first of many splashes for what turned out to be actually a very good run. No major complaints from the larger than average crowd. Bone Hur was handed the Hash Crash for coming back all bruised and bloody. Pamela and Safety Box were brought in together because both of them tend to bypass all available trails when setting runs. A group of 12 returnees were brought in, and 7 virgins.

Pamela was given yet one more for being a spy, whatever that means. Helen was brought in for blazing her own trails on the run. Elephant S was put on ice for giving our raffle several free Pattaya T-Shirts and doing pre-registrations for Pattaya 1000’th run - no good deed goes unpunished.

The raffle was held immediately afterwards and Misfortune won a T-shirt and D Converter another chance to run with the Burmese. Kwazi Moto and some visitor were given the Prosthetic King splash. Molester was officially told to PO before his departure to Oz. Superman was splashed for bweaking his wittle weg. Molester was then given the Yacker award - just when will this guy PO?

In Superman’s long tradition of elimination, Foot Long was given the [email protected]#t award by D Converter to get him out of the running for the wings. GM got the A Award for not having enough beer for the circle - a buck stops here award. Another Pommy is evidently also leaving paradise, and was given a PO You Bum splash.

Superman was splashed again for using the paltry excuse of a broken leg to get out of setting this run. Helen was officially baptized as Red Carpet - how do we know, though? Hares were splashed for some amazing screw ups on the check backs. Bone Collector was given the Female Wings, and Another Pommy was given the Male Wings. The circle was closed at 19:20.

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. 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.

All information either from Fish and Chips, H3 or “ONON” Pub. Or look at the websites at: http://www.thai-american. com/hhh/

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