“Tennis is My Dream”
Tennis project challenges underprivileged children
A committee composed of members from the 700 Year Stadium
boards of directors, Chiang Mai Tennis Club, and Rotary Chiang Mai West
recently inaugurated a new program at the 700 year stadium, “Tennis is my
talk! We want to play now...
Using the immense popularity of Thailand’s own tennis
sensations Paradorn Srichaphan and Tamarin Tanasugarn, the project has
invited young people from Baan Dek Chai Hom and Wat Chang Kien School to
learn to play tennis with local pros.
The goals of this program are to promote sports, develop
physical and mental strength and prevent illicit drug use or involvement in
the drug trade.
Director Saenpol of the 700 Year Sport Stadium presents a brand new tennis
racquet to one of the happy participating girls.
The combined efforts of the committee produced a
partnership with a Rotary Club in Hawaii, and “Tennis is My Dream” was
born on October 15, 2003.
Children from Baan Dek Chai and Wat Chang Kien who
express an interest in learning tennis and are recommended by their teachers
are invited to participate in the program. Tennis pros with skills to teach
children and adolescents are recruited, and group lessons are provided at
the 700 year stadium for two hours a day for ten days during weekends and
school holiday periods.
Weicks (right), as a representative of the Rotary Club Chiang Mai West held
an opening speech at the 700 Year Sports Stadium before the new tennis
racquets, sponsored by the ‘Waikiki Rotary Club Hawaii’ were given out.
“Tennis is my Dream” helps teach tennis to underprivileged children in
A local sports equipment company is providing new tennis
racquets and balls for the project at half of the retail price.
Local residents interested in encouraging these youngsters by
contributing to the program are asked to contact Frank Weicks at [email protected]
Chiang Mai Pool League
Cycling around Chiang Mai with Don Lee: Huai Tueng Thao park: A great place for cycling
Thanks to Tom, Cak and Yong at Top Gear Bike Shop for originally clueing me in to this area
At Huai Tueng Thao (why tongue taow) lake and park, a few
kilometers northwest of Chiang Mai, there are a variety of great biking
trails and roads. There are easy trails for the casual cyclist, and some
more challenging; in fact the mountain bike competitions were held here for
the Chiang Mai Games last year. There are rock, sand, water, up-hills,
downhills, meandering dirt roads, and a 5 km semi-flat, asphalt-paved track.
Around the lake there is food and drink, swimming, boating and relaxing.
To access the cross-country mountain bike trails, one way
is to approach at the back of the 700 yr complex. The 700th Anniversary of
Chiang Mai Sports Complex (Sanam Jet Roi Pee for local drivers) is on the
west side of the irrigation canal road; the south entrance gate is 4.2 km
north of Huay Keaw Road.
at the south gate and continue straight on the perimeter road to the end
(don’t curve right past the Main Stadium), go straight where you will see
a guard gate. This is a government water dept facility and housing. The
guards will usually wave you through if you are on a bike; ride up the road
and curve right to the reservoir. Ride across the dam and pass the small
spirit house on the hill (or stop and pay respects). The mountain bike
trails start from here, around the north end of the reservoir. There are two
main routes and several side trails. There are still some blue, and red
arrows, and white flagging tape marking the primary trail from the mountain
bike cross country event. You can’t really get too lost if you stay headed
north along the base of the mountain. If you dead-end at the water, just go
back and find one of the trails north, keeping the mountain on your left.
The trails converge into a single-track that crosses a
small stream then opens out into a dirt farm road. Follow the farm road
around to meet the entrance road into park, turn left, pay the 10 baht
entry, and find the many roads around the lake.
There is more single tracks back there, but some parts of
these trails are getting very overgrown right now and difficult to get
through without a machete. Hopefully we will get them cleared soon.
Another way to access the park is via the main entrance
road, which is west of the irrigation canal road, about 7 kilometers north
of Huay Kaew Road. (Right now there is road construction in process for
completion of the 3rd ring road, so access can be a little rough for road
bikes.) Near the left turn off of the canal road, there is a sign for
jogging and bike trail. At the parking lot is where the 5 km paved track
begins and ends; the restaurant here rents 6 speed bikes (and children’s
bikes) that will serve you well for leisurely riding around this great park.
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:
It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money
plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!
Asian Fencing Championship 2003
Being skewered with class
The Amateur Fencing Association of Thailand, together
with Chiang Mai University and Third Army, held the Asian Fencing
Championship, starting from October 26 to 31, 2003.
Thai team ready for action, coming into the competition ranked 7th.
The grand opening was held at CMU Convention Center with
a Northern Thai Candle dance and a Muay Thai performance to welcome all
delegates and was presided over by Gen. Chaisit Shinawatra, president of the
Amateur Fencing Association of Thailand.
challenging competition between fencers from Korea and Iran in men’s
“I am very pleased to receive this honor from the Asian
Fencing Confederation to host the Asian Fencing Champion 2003. This is not
the first time it has been organized in Thailand but it is the first time
that it has been hosted outside the capital,” he said.
Lt Gen. Surarit Chandratrip, general secretary of the
Amateur Fencing Association, said that he chose to host this competition in
Chiang Mai because it is a traditional city and a major destination for
Chaisit Shinawatra, president of Amateur Fencing Association presided over
the opening ceremony.
With 21 countries and more than 400 people from the Asian
continent participating, Thailand was considered an underdog. Getting into
the list of 16 finalists was the aim because Thailand is only ranked at 7th
behind the leaders China and Korea.
Nanta Chantausuvannasin was the first Thai sportswoman making her way to
the 16 finalists but her opponent from Korea caused her to stumble, foiling
her attempts in the Women’s individual foil.
CMSH3 Run 590
Hares: Red Carpet & Cool Balls. We had inklings of
disaster when 4:30 p.m. rolled by and there was still no sign of the
co-hare, Cool Balls. The Hare, Red Carpet still had to set the last half of
the run and all the paper was in his car. At 4:40, he came sliding in and
off we went with Pamela in his customary place as FRB for 25 meters before
falling to the back panting and wheezing.
A sharp right led the pack into Dykie’s Roll Your Own
Rubber Plantation. There was a scarcity of paper as the pack meandered
around looking like the Michigan Militia on a training exercise. We finally
came upon a cross check where Wombat, Head Hacker and visitors Blue Moon and
Winey Boy went left and Superman and Pamela went right. There was no paper
straight ahead but Better Knot and Red Dick went straight up the hill
anyway. Soon Red Dick was heard yelling “ON-ON” which since there was no
paper must mean in Swedish “This rubber is too small for Dykie but fits me
Superman found the check back so off we went to the left.
Miss Piggy, Bow-Wow and Geisha G were doing silent running through the tall
saw grass. We popped out on a dirt road where Red Dick, Better Knot and
Square Rooter rejoined the pack.
Then it was up the Dry Creek Bed of Death with X-Virgin
Sister and Bow-Wow struggling over the rocks and logs. The trail then took
us up the side of the mountain with Wombat struggling for traction and
looking like Wile E. Coyote going after Road Runner.
The FRB’s Wombat and Better Knot with Super Beach and
the virgin Matte close behind reached the top and started down. There was a
cross check where Superman, Misfortune, Pamela, X-Virgin Sister, Geisha G
and Miss Piggy ping ponging up and down hills between check backs.
The ON was finally found behind a row of bushes and down
we went. At this point, for reasons unknown, Red Carpet joined the back
runners for a while. It was then up another traction challenged hill and
then we came upon a spirit house graveyard with a trail of old, discarded
spirit houses scattered on the hill. Miss Piggy was keeping and eagle eye
out for any ghosts that might do her harm. We then hit the asphalt up to Wat
Doi Kham, took the steps down and were ON-IN.
Write-up by Pamela
The Circle 590
GM Wombat called the circle to order and brought in the
Hares. After the usual whinging and moaning from Wombat and D Converter, it
was decided that it was a pretty good run after all and Red Carpet and Cool
Balls got their amber reward. He called the Hares back in for stupidity and
put them on ice. The Hash signs to the start led us on a meandering course
of several kilometers when in fact, it was only a kilometer straight in.
Also, Red Carpet ran off the mountain with the car keys that had been
entrusted to her so they wouldn’t get lost on the mountain.
It was then time for the visitors - Blue Moon from the
Stuttgart HHH and Winey Boy from Bangkok H3. They were iced whereupon Winey
Boy started doing the I got Ants in my Pants Dance. That boy sure can move
and Misfortune was getting quite excited with all the pelvic motion going
on. It was then time to introduce the virgin Matte from Jutland, Denmark,
and of course Red Carpet got called in for not training her properly.
Then Fish & T got called in for some reason but since
she wasn’t there, her look-a-like D Converter got to take the splash. Then
it was the turn of the Returnees - Cool Balls, Pamela, Superman, Geisha G
and Super Beach.
Our Web Head Hacker took the circle and splashed the
hares. Square Rooter was splashed for realizing that famous Dan Hicks and
his Hot Licks (featuring the Lickettes) song “How Can I Miss You if You
Won’t Go Away?” Geisha G got caught doing a Frank N. Stein imitation and
infringing on the circle and finally Red Carpet and Matte were rewarded for
the feely-feely show before the run.
Wombat took the circle back and brought in Red Dick, D
Converter and Super Beach to drink the Plank. Sandwiched between these 2
redwoods, Super Beach was about 30 cm short of the Plank so mounted Blue
Moon, who was on the ice again, in an attempt to get high enough. She failed
so was duly rewarded.
The RA X-Virgin Sister took the circle and gave Red
Carpet a birthday Willy. Wombat took control again and gave Pamela the
Stumble Bum Award for looking like a pig in s***. As has become his habit,
he gave the Champion Award to Miss Piggy after all the splashes were
The Hares came in and gave the Wings to Wombat and our
newest member - Dah. They were then iced while our visitors Winey Boy and
Blue Moon treated us to a fine song.
It was then On-On for a health food banquet of wieners
and potato salad at Red Carpet’s.
Write up by Pamela
CMSH3 announcement from the On-Sec
There will be an out station in Chiang Rai
November 15-16. Your hard working and ever diligent committee is negotiating
a special deal for hotel rooms but needs an indication of the number of
rooms needed. Please let your On-Sec know: 1) whether you plan to go to the
out station, and if so, 2) the number of nights you will need a room. Even
if you have already told someone that you plan to go, please let Pamela know
so we have all the information together. Thanks for your cooperation. Email: