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International Schools Compete In Volleyball Tournament

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Fitness Tips

Seventh Terry Fox Run scheduled for November

Chiang Mai Saturday Hash House Harriers

Mountain bike through the Mekong River Basin

Chiang Mai Pool League

Chiangmai SportRoundup

International Schools Compete In Volleyball Tournament

by Tessa Shockey

Volleyball was on everyone’s mind this week, as Chiang Mai International School hosted the Chiang Mai Athletic Conference (CMAC) volleyball tournament for the international high schools in the Chiang Mai area. Athletic Director Larry Cutherell organized the event, in cooperation with coaches and athletic directors from all schools.

The athletic GIS team won the A team championship.

The girls ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams battled to the finish on Monday, September 29, and the boys ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams fought to the end on Tuesday, September 30.

Chiang Mai International School (CMIS), Grace International School (GIS), Prem Tinsulanonda International School (Prem), Nakorn Payap International School (NIS), Lanna International School Thailand (LIST) and American Pacific International School (APIS) took part in the tournaments. Fans came to cheer their teams and showed great school spirit.

The GIS lady Tigers, “A” champions.

The Tigers of Grace International School’s ‘A’ girls and boys teams took home the first place trophy. The APIS girls’ team placed second, and CMIS placed third. In the boys’ tournament, CMIS boys’ team placed second, and LIS placed third.

One of the ‘Grace Tiger’s from GIS is poised for action.

In the ‘B’ girls’ tournament, Prem finished first, while CMIS finished second, and GIS third. In the ‘B’ boys tournament CMIS finished first, GIS second, and Prem third.

The tournament was a showcase of talent for the Chiang Mai district of International schools. It was an excellent finish to a great season of volleyball.

Results Summary:
Girls A-Team

1. GIS
3. Prem
Sportsmanship Award: APIS
Boys A-Team
1. GIS
Sportsmanship Award: LIST
Girls B-Team
1. Prem
2. CMIS 1
3. GIS
4. CMIS 2
Sportsmanship Award: LIST
Boys B-Team
2. GIS
4. Prem
Sportsmanship Award: PREM

Full Results:

Girls A-Team (Round-Robin)

Pool 1 / Court 1 Pool 2 / Court 2
Prem def. CMIS 25-21 GIS def. APIS 25-9
GIS def. NIS 25-16 APIS def. Prem 25-23
CMIS def. NIS 25-21 GIS def. Prem 25-14
APIS def. CMIS 27-25 Prem def. NIS 25-13
APIS def. NIS 29-27 CMIS def. GIS 25-22
GIS def. APIS (for 1st place) 15-11
Prem def. CMIS (for 3rd place) 15-9
Boys A-Team
Pool 1 / Court 1 Pool 2 / Court 2
LIST def. Prem 25-18 GIS def. NIS 25-19
CMIS def. Prem 25-23 GIS def. APIS 25-23
CMIS def. LIST 25-20 APIS def. NIS 26-24
CMIS def. APIS 25-16 GIS def. LIST 25-16
GIS def. CMIS (for 1st place) 25-18, 25-11
LIST def. APIS 21-25, 25-23, 15-8
Girls B-Team
Court 3 Court 4
CMIS1 def. Prem 25-23 GIS def. APIS 25-10
PREM def. LIS 25-12 CMIS2 def. APIS 25-17
CMIS1 def. LIS 25-15 GIS def. CMIS2 25-17
CMIS1 def. CMIS2 25-15 Prem def. GIS 25-18

Prem def. CMIS1 (for 1st place) -
GIS def. CMIS2 (for 3rd place) 25-22, 20-25, 15-11
Boys B-Team
Court 3 Court 4
APIS def. LIST 25-21 GIS def. CMIS2 25-16
CMIS1 def. APIS 25-21 PREM def. CMIS2 25-14
CMIS1 def. LIST 25-17 GIS def. Prem 26-24
CMIS1 def. Prem 25-13 GIS def. APIS 25-21

CMIS def. GIS (for 1st place) 25-22, 25-18
APIS def. Prem (for 3rd place) 25-19, 22-25, 15-5

The CMIS team pose with their coach.

NIS teammates discuss tactics with their coach during the match.

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!

Fitness Tips: Updating the exercise guidelines

G’day readers,

Recent criticism of the inadequacy of government recommendations for physical activity, particularly by the Institute of Medicine in the USA, have left the public confused about just how much is enough. Let’s take a look at the most recent spin so we can come up with some new recommendations to better combat this battle that over 50% of the readers of this article are losing.

Guidelines History

In 1996, the US Surgeon-General concluded that exercise recommendations promoted since 1978 were primarily for physical fitness, rather than health.

Hence new recommendations, based around ‘accumulating 30 minutes of mild to moderate intensity activity on most days’ were issued.

Because of the rapid decrease in activity required in the day-to-day environment, however, it has now been suggested that this is not enough, and that new recommendations should be issued.

Dr Steve Blair, one of the authors of the original recommendations has reacted by suggesting that this would be ‘throwing the baby out with the bathwater’.

Increasing the requirements to 60 minutes a day would mean many people would not even try, because of the time involved, as around 50% of the population are totally sedentary and would benefit from any increase in activity. So this seems to be a negative move.

Australian guidelines published in 1999, on the other hand, did allow more flexibility.

While having the 30 minutes of ‘accumulated’ activity as a central tenet, they allowed for increased exercise intensity, as well as a psychological recommendation to “think of movement as an opportunity, not an inconvenience”.

Still time has passed, new evidence has emerged, and activity levels in the community have declined.

From the professor’s reading of the new data available, he plumps for the following:

1. The key issue in physical activity is volume, where volume = frequency x intensity x duration.

2. Among those with little activity, even light-to-moderate activity will benefit (30% more than usual in stages). Among the more fit and active, vigorous activity is needed for additional health benefits.

3. To avoid putting on weight, individuals may need to accumulate around 30 minutes of activity added to day-to-day living (or a total of around 7,500 steps/day).

4. To assist in weight loss individuals should accumulate 60 minutes of activity added to day-to-day living (or a total of around 10,000 steps/day).

5. To achieve weight maintenance after being obese, it may be necessary to accumulate up to 60-90 minutes of activity added to daily living (or a total of 12,500 steps/day or more).

6. Specific exercise prescription may be required for specific individuals and health problems.

Before you start giggling and shrugging off the whole idea, the activity breakdown in steps per day are not vertical steps, and no, I don’t think that an obese person needs to climb to the top of the Banyan tree building in Bangkok each day. The steps referred to are horizontal, walk around your neighbourhood, along a clean beach or even go to the gym in a quiet time when you can do all the exercise in air-conditioned comfort, you can sit your water bottles on the machine beside you and when you are feeling energetic you can set the machine to tilt a bit so you can walk up a small hill for an even greater calorie burn.

Extra steps each day are not the only option; you can try a new activity that involves repeated, steady and repetitive motion. Provided that you are doing an extra 30 minutes to avoid putting on the weight, 60 minutes to lose the extra etc., pick an option or more than 1 that you think will be fun. I did, I was overweight, lacking in motivation and bored with almost everything. Then I got myself involved in a sport that I had never tried before, I’m now ‘dangerously’ fit, actually, in better shape than I have ever been in my life and have no trouble in getting up in the morning because I’ve something to do every day that I enjoy. We all go through rough patches both physically and mentally, taking care of you is your responsibility and doing it is to your benefit, benefit in every facet of your life-make the opportunity.
Carpe’ Diem

Seventh Terry Fox Run scheduled for November

The Regent Chiang Mai was pleased to announce that the 7th Terry Fox Run for cancer research is scheduled for Saturday, November 1.

The annual event will be held at the Chiang Mai 700 Year Stadium, and will include a 10.2 km run or a 2.2 km walk. You do not have to be a professional athlete to participate. It is a fun event for everyone including the whole family and is a good place to celebrate with schoolmates or colleagues from work.

Four Seasons Hotel Singapore and The Regent Singapore have each donated three nights accommodations for the lucky draw. Sister Four Seasons Hotel in Bangkok and several local businesses have also kindly donated prizes for the event.

Categories for event:

* First to cross the line for men (10.2 km)
* First to cross the line for women (10.2 km)
* First to cross the line for boys age 13 years old and under
* First to cross the line for girls age 13 years old and under
* Youngest participant
* Oldest participant
* Most creative costume
* Wheelchair

Details of the run are as follows:

Date: Saturday, November 1
Registration: From 5:00 a.m. to 6:15 a.m.
Start Time: 6:30 a.m.
Venue: Chiang Mai 700 Year Stadium
Ticket: 190 baht per adult, 150 baht per child 13 years old and under
Ticket includes: T-shirt, entry to the run and lucky draws after the run/walk.

Terry Fox was a brave young Canadian who had his right leg amputated above the knee in 1977 following cancer diagnosis. While in hospital Terry was so overcome by the suffering of cancer patients, young and old that he decided to run across Canada to raise awareness of the disease and money to fund cancer research. The run became known as the ‘Marathon of Hope’. Terry died while fulfilling this dream, at the tender age of 22 in June 1981.

Millions of people worldwide were inspired by Terry’s courage, including Mr. Isadore Sharp, chairman and founder of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. Mr. Sharp sent Terry a telegram while he was hospitalized that said, “We will not rest until your dream to find a cure for cancer is realized.”

Isadore Sharp was also founder of the Terry Fox Run which has become an annual event at Four Seasons Hotels throughout many countries. Between 1992 and the present, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts have raised over US $14 million from 16 countries for this worthy cause. Proceeds from all events remain in the country in which they were raised for cancer research.

For more information please contact Kodchakorn Thammikomin or Sangwan Sapma by phone at 053 298 181 or fax 053 298 189, e-ail:kodchakorn.thammikomin @fourseasons.com and pr. [email protected]

All proceeds will be donated to the Ontological (Cancer) Society of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen. Everyone’s support is imperative to the fight against cancer.

Chiang Mai Saturday Hash House Harriers

Run 587

Hares: Misfortune & Geisha G - Set in the forest area around 5 clicks north of Wang Tarn Resort, a pack of around 35 arrived into the car park in dribs and drabs. Sunspot was there early but was deeply involved in a dirty girlie magazine. The hares were sucking back beers. Kiwi was Shop Open mood. Bone Collector and X-Virgin Sister were having pre-run nosh, and everyone else was just standing around like spare tits on a bull. The pack paid up to Hole P who was the stand-in Hash Cash and eventually assembled in front of hare Misfortune and co-hare Geisha G together with The Creature and Pieced P as the co-co-hares. Don’t know why exactly 4 hares were needed, but as Pamela says the more hare the better. The brief was brief: A to A, follow the coloured paper and the usual markings, and enjoy the beautiful run.

A look back at run 586 - grazing at the som tam corner.

Super B in her new role as Hash Sniff skillfully led the hounds behind the parked cars and on to the paper. Wombat, Head Hacker, Red Carpet, and Red D received pleas from the old and wounded like D Converter to slow down. Perhaps if he unloaded himself before the run, he might be able to keep up.

On to the first check, Red D, leaving Wombat and a couple of visitors behind, took off right to find the trail giving Head Hacker, B Filler, and Superman an opportunity to stretch their legs a bit and impress the ladies. Paper eventually took the pack on to smaller and smaller trails until there was no trail to be found. Red D, not happy with the situation, decided to scamper around his own trail, while H Plugger and B Her found paper leading up to the hills.

With paper being as scarce as hen’s teeth, the drinkers scoured the hill reminiscent of a police line search, which is quite apt as it became noticeable that most of the girls, namely X-Virgin Sister, Bow Wow, Miss Piggy, Fish and T’s, and Super B had gone AWOL. It wasn’t until later that we discovered that their disappearance was due to a map written by the Hares showing a short cut route around the hill.

In due course, more paper was found and the pack made it up and over the hill and looped back to the road that they started on. A short distance off the hill Just C was found out of the blue skulking around ahead of everyone. It appears that he also got a copy of the dastardly diagram. True to Hare’s word, the trail curved around some beautiful territory with lots of shade and fresh air. They really must have been in awe because paper just kept on going but no checks were to be found. In fact I believe that there were only four checks, two circles, one cross, and a vee, on the whole run.

Half way into the run the track began to turn around into the direction of the car park. Into the first set of houses the hares found a few murky bodies of water for the pack to traverse. The first few drinkers made it across the unstable and makeshift bamboo bridges okay, but H Plugger and the American visitor, snapping the bridges in half, made sure that no-one else would be able to cross and remain dry.

With more stunning forest areas negotiated and some farms thrown into the adventure, paper, what little there was, led the hounds out into open land and on to the final circle check. By this time the pack was quite spread out, giving many opportunities to shortcut and catch up or in D Converter’s case a chance to lighten the load in relative peace.

Wombat, a couple of visitors, Head Hacker, Red Carpet, Bone H, and Red D as the FRB’s straggled back in to A after a long On-In to find Pamela, who decided that paper was not challenging enough and who got lost, returning back to A from the direction he started. Good run Hares. With a bit more paper and a few more checks, it would have been a great run.
Write-up by Wombat

Mountain bike through the Mekong River Basin

But you’ll need a well-filled wallet!

Pichitpon Tongtuek

Chiang Khong district, Chiang Rai province and Mekong Mountain Bike Club in association with Natural Explorer magazine will jointly organize the Mekong Mountain Bike Ride through three countries from October 18-26 this year.

Mountain bike riders are invited to join the 2nd mountain bike trip from Thailand to Laos via China. The bike route starts from Chiang Khong district, passes Chiang Saen district of Chiang Rai in Thailand to Chiang Rung, and Muang La in southern China, and then crosses to the Luang Namtha province of Laos and back to the starting point at Chiang Khong.

The distance covers a total of 550 kilometers. The entry fee for this trip is 13,000 baht per person, and is inclusive of visa fees to China and Laos, boat trips, hotel accommodation and insurance.

Interested bikers can contact Watchara Liupongsawat and Payao Yotjaksri, Mekong Mountain Bike Club, tel. 01 883-9913, 053 791 234, 01 603-3262 and 053 655 102, for more information. The number of riders will be limited to 30.

Chiang Mai Pool League

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