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“Tennis is My Dream”

Chiang Mai Pool League

Cycling around Chiang Mai with Don Lee

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Asian Fencing Championship 2003

CMSH3 Run 590

CMSH3 announcement from the On-Sec

Chiangmai SportRoundup

“Tennis is My Dream”

Tennis project challenges underprivileged children

Rebecca Lomax

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 Dream”.

Enough 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.

Deputy 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.

Frank 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 Chiang Mai.

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] loxinfo.co.th

 


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.

Enter 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: 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!


Asian Fencing Championship 2003

Being skewered with class

Phisut Itsaracheewawat

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.

The 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.

A challenging competition between fencers from Korea and Iran in men’s individual foil.

“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 tourists.

Gen. 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 just fine!”

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 finished.

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: [email protected]
ON-ON
Pamela