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Northern region teams compete for spots in the Tros 3 on 3 Thailand Championship

X Games challenge provides thrills and spills in Chiang Mai

Aerobic dance competition set for Mae Hong Son

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

It’s time to enter you team for the next season of the Chiang Mai Pool League

CSH3 Checkback 569

Fitness Tips

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Northern region teams compete for spots in the Tros 3 on 3 Thailand Championship

Eventual winners to receive trophy from PM Thaksin

Supatatt Dangkrueng

The 3rd Tros 3 on 3 Thailand Championship basketball competition was held in Chiang Mai last weekend to find the top teams in the three different categories, 18-year-olds, 15-year-olds, and the open teams.

Deputy Governor Parinya awards first prize to the winning team.

Teams from northern region 2 displayed great fun and camaraderie.

The competition started on Saturday June 7, with the official opening ceremony presided over by Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Parinya Panthong, who launched the competition with the first shot on the court. There were 112 new generation basketball teams from Chiang Mai and neighboring provinces, making for some keen competition. The matches took place in front of Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex.

In the finals, Phetchabun Province defeated Chiang Rai 4-3. The FC team from Lamphun finished in third place.

The top 18-year-old team was Yupparaj A from Chiang Mai, who defeated Nong Bell Team A from Lamphun 12-7. Nong Bell Team B earned third place by beating Z Team 9-3.

In the open category, Yupparaj A were the winners, defeating Little Boy from Physical Education College of Chiang Mai 12-6.

The awards ceremony took place on Sunday June 8, and was presided over again by Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Parinya Panthong, along with Tasanee Sangkerd, president of the Physical Education College of Chiang Mai, and Natesai Wong-upparaj, manager of Bright Brain Business Co. Ltd.

The next matches will take place in Songkhla, Buriram and Udon Thani, then in Bangkok, where the winners of the final matches will receive a trophy from PM Thaksin Shinawatra.


X Games challenge provides thrills and spills in Chiang Mai

Xtheletes vying for spot in the Asian X Games VI in Malaysia

Nuttanee Thaveephol

The Chiang Mai round of the Red Bull Extra Extreme Games 2003 Circuit of Thailand was held May 31-June 1 at Central Airport Plaza. Local X-athletes provided many thrills and spills in four amateur local and open class categories: Inline Park, Skateboard Park, Bike Stunt Flatland, and Bike Stunt Park.

Riding the rail on a skateboard during Asian X Games VI qualifying at Central Airport Plaza.

This type of X Games, invented by the sports network giant ESPN, gets roller-bladers, skateboarders and bicyclists off the streets and into arenas to show off their aerobatics and precision skills in dizzyingly fast-paced action.

In Thailand, tournaments will be held in four more provinces after Chiang Mai: Bangkok, Chonburi, Khon Kaen and Phuket. Winners from each region and three of the runner-ups will be invited to participate in the Asian X Games VI in Malaysia after the final round in Bangkok.

Interested athletes, both Thai and foreigners, can lodge applications for the next challenge in other regions or receive additional information by calling 02 670-8008 or visit www.redbullextra.com


Aerobic dance competition set for Mae Hong Son

Organizers want everyone to shake, shake, shake!

Surachai T. Bunditkul

“Concentrate Strength for Health” is an aerobic dance contest that will be organized next month by the Mae Hong Son Provincial Public Health Office to encourage people to take healthy exercise.

Dr. Suwat Kittidilokkul said that the office would hold the competition on July 18 at its provincial central stadium with the idea that exercise can make people healthy and get rid of sickness.

The Public Health Office expects all the local people will join in and exercise joyfully and happily. All local clubs or groups can enter a team, consisting of 5 members, male or female. They must exercise with an international aerobics dance style but can show local customs and culture.

Each team will get 8 minutes on display with 2 minutes warm up, full exercise for 4 minutes and the last 2 minutes wind down. Any team that does not follow the rules will be penalized every 20 seconds.

Entries can be lodged from now until June 30.


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!


It’s time to enter you team for the next season of the Chiang Mai Pool League

Chalk up your cues, as preparations are now underway for the Chiang Mai Pool League’s new season, which will commence 4 July. Entry fee remains at 400 baht to be paid to John at True Blue / Out Back no later than 15 June 03. Any proposed changes should also be forwarded (fully worded, not vague suggestions) to John.


CSH3 Checkback 569

Hares: Burrito Butt & Butt Filler. I suppose we should have had an idea what kind of run was awaiting us if we just had seen that the two hares were part of the Butt family. The signs leading us to the run site were another indication. Absolutely everyone passed the first turnoff because the red on white sign was strategically placed on a red on white background.

The second sign was swinging in the wind, hanging from a single strand of string on a tree branch. Depending on the wind direction, you would either find your way to the run, or end up in Lampang.

After finally finding the run site, and “Kiwi B’s T-Shirt Emporium”, we found that the hares set the run with brown, ground colored RICE. Their feeble excuse was that when they went to pick up the paper on Saturday morning at HHH Pub, they couldn’t find any. What’s wrong with checking a few days ahead of time? Or, in case you haven’t noticed, Burrito Butt, there is a new invention called the “telephone”. You can use it to talk to people - people with access to paper!

Oh well. After a very ominous hare brief, with people just shaking their heads in disbelief, we started out looking for our first sign of rice. It turned out to be as difficult as anticipated finding scattered rice grains among the brown leaves and sandy rocks. However, we trudged on.

The trail led us along a very precarious ridge and down into the first bog. Wombat and Head Hacker were the first to get sucked into the quicksand (quickmud?) which was conveniently covered by grass. Up to our knees we went before the smart ones realized there was actually a dry way around it. Daglocks made a rare appearance in Chiang Mai and proceeded to check every possible trail through every possible farmhouse in the entire area, but never did see any rice. I think he was just looking for the farmer’s daughter. But after groping our way along like blind people, we followed the trail up to the top of some knobbly hills and into parched farmlands. Looking for rice grains in this terrain was like looking for, well, the proverbial needle in a haystack. We’d find a few grains in the dirt and position a newbie like Brent to stand on it while the rest scoured the field for the next few grains, which always turned out to be about twenty meters away. Brent then leapfrogged to the new “pile” and the search began anew.

At one point, we were lucky enough to encounter a farmer who saw the hares throwing rice onto his field, and pointed the way for the pack to follow. It was here that we saw an actual check. Dykie, coming to it first took the left trail, leaving Head Hacker to check straight up the side of another mountain. Needless to say, no rice blobs or checkbacks were seen on that check, so it was catch up time again.

Sensing that the cars and beer were getting closer, the pack picked up the pace and lo and behold, we started to see actual paper markings - and plenty of them. I guess the hares thought they had better get rid of the evidence before finishing the run. The cars were soon within eyeshot and everyone made a beeline to the beer.

Who the Hell is Bob did his usual jaunt in the jungle, coming back after everyone had their first or third beer. The first few times WtHiB ran, we were all anxious about him finding his way back. Now we just have another beer and wait for him to make his stylishly late arrival.

There was plenty to talk about as we waited for the slaggards to finish. To quote Square Rooter, “That was the worst run I’ve ever been on!”, but he says that every week. It was a memorable run, hares, and thanks to you, the circle was destined to be memorable, too. The run itself was excellent. Its just too bad there wasn’t enough paper (or rice) out there to let us enjoy it as much as we should have.

Head Hacker


Fitness Tips: Weight loss at health clubs more successful than going solo

A recent survey commissioned by the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) found that health club weight management programs achieve a higher success rate than programs unaffiliated with health clubs.

According to the survey involving 116 million people, the most popular weight loss strategies outside of a health club were outdoor exercise (48 million) and home exercise (47 million). But only 17% of those people considered themselves successful in achieving their weight loss goals.

However, of those who exercised at health clubs to lose weight (21 million), 30% were satisfied with their success. According to John McCarthy, executive director of IHRSA, health clubs are changing their services to cater to the needs of members, including women-only clubs, wellness and nutrition instruction, and yoga and pilates classes. “Health clubs are now providing something more - a holistic approach to healthy lifestyles,” said McCarthy.

Further, Dusit Resort Sports Club, while being a co-ed facility provides everything listed above aside from the pilates - although we do have a parallel stretching and core strengthening programme. All good health and fitness facilities should be able to provide these services to their members along with quality instruction from caring staff to ensure you achieve your goals, whatever they may be.

Carpe’ Diem



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