760 contestants take part
in Tae-kwan-do competition
in Chiang Mai
Don’t pick a fight with any of them!
Phornphimon Thimsat and Phisut
Tae-kwan-do exponents from every region arrived at Lanna
Hall, Central Airport Plaza to compete in the “To Be Number One Far
Eastern College Open” promoted by the Tae-kwan-do Association of Thailand,
Office of Narcotic Control Board (ONCB), Northern Branch, Mental Health
Department and Far Eastern College as a part of “To be Number One”
campaign under the patronage of HRH Princess Ubolratana.
Governor Prinya Parnthong presided over the opening ceremony of the “To Be
Number One Far Eastern College Open”.
The opening ceremony was presided over by Chiang Mai
Deputy Governor Prinya Parnthong. Kittiphat Suwannachai, vice president for
student affairs, said that this competition was held to encourage Thai
youths to stay away from drugs as well as give them a stage to show their
talents, making youths see the importance of playing sport.
at a very young age.
The challenge had 6 categories; overall, youths from
15-17, 13-14, 11-12, 9-10 and under 8 years old. The results of the
Tae-kwan-do competition are as follows - overall winner (male) Sorat
Sornpanpee from CMU and (female) Pornpimon Saeaye from TMC. Thailand; 15-17
years (male), Suchet Chupnaun from Black Belt; (female) Nattaya Thipdappai
from Black Belt; 13-14 years (male), Suttisuk Maprasop from Black Belt;
(female) Vanida Wangmunsakul from Nakhon Sawan Sports Authority; 11-12 years
(male) Aphichet Auppakum from Saitantip; (female) Karnjana Bumruongsri from
Nakhon Sawan Sports Authority; 9-10 years (male) Chaiwat Kaseampitakpong
from Fareasternjarerntum; (female) Sirikarn Srijarern from Black Belt; under
8 years (male) Jerdchai Naksompong from TMC Thailand, (female) Manasawee
Manketkit from NMC Rimping.
China dominant at Asian Fencing Championship in Chiang Mai
Thailand’s solitary gold earns 8th place
Chin Ratitamkul and Phisut Itsaracheewawat
As was expected, China made its way to the winner’s
circle grabbing 10 gold medals at the Asian Fencing Championship held last
week in Chiang Mai.
and Thailand teams after the championship, with China having 10 gold medals,
while Thailand ranked only 8th with 1 gold.
China won all of the teams events, Men’s and Women’s
Epee, Men’s and Women’s Foil and Men’s and Women’s Sabre and had
four winners in the individual events of Men’s and Women’s Foil and
Men’s and Women’s Epee.
Thailand ranked 8th at the final tally with two medals -
one gold in the Men’s Individual’s Sabre won by Kothny Wiradeth and a
bronze won by the Men’s Sabre Team.
Whilst Thai-German Kothny Wiradeth was expected to do
well, the home team confessed that a bronze from the Men’s Sabre Team was
a fluke. “We are now preparing our team for the upcoming SEA Games, which
will be hosted by Vietnam in December and this event was a perfect
preparation for our team,” said the head coach. The team added that they
expected to get at least 5 gold medals from the SEA Games.
The Asian Fencing Championship 2003 was sponsored by the
Amateur Fencing Association, together with Chiang Mai University and the
Third Army Region at CMU Convention Center.
O’Malley’s wins Chiang Mai Pool league
Pool competition at the Half Moon Bar was fun and successful
The Half Moon Bar held their first, now monthly, pool
competition and it was a very successful night with a very good turnout. 32
players competed and a couple were on standby (just in case). Stephen, the
organizer of this tournament even had to make way for a customer to play
which meant his good self had to referee.
3 winners: From left: Walter, female winner Tom and Gary.
Ok here’s a run down of who has done what:
And the winner was: you would never guess it but it was a
girl, who came in under the name Tom, but def. a girl and most definitely
the winner. ‘Tom’ works in John’s Place
Second became Gary, the owner from Predator Bar.
Third was Walter, a customer from France.
the organizer presenting Tom with her trophy.
And as it is custom on nights like those with so many fun
loving people, lots of alcohol was consumed by all and there were a few red
eyes by the time the final came around.
The Highlight award of the night had to go to Tom who
showed all the boys and men how to play.
The Performance award of the night has to go to second
place Gary who was not expecting to get past the first round.
The biggest shock of the night was seeing Tu (from Inter
Bar) out in the first round, after finishing first last month.
Next month’s competition will be on the 6th of December and people are
advised to register early.
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.
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.
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!
Terry Fox Run 2003 - the Marathon of Hope
133 more participants than last year
451 participants showed up early, in the still complete
darkness at the 700 year stadium on Saturday morning, November 1st, to
participate in the 6th Chiang Mai Terry Fox Run.
The staff of the Regent Chiang Mai Resort & Spa were
trying to wake up and warm up the arriving runners with aerobic exercises on
stage, while the participants registered in their respective categories -
families, adults, children, handicapped people, young and old, all who had
come to join in the unbreakable spirit of the Terry Fox Run.
Patrick Ghielmetti, GM of the Regent Chiang Mai said how
happy he was that so many people were present to help keep the awareness of
cancer research alive. He added that during the 11 years since Isadore Sharp
founded the Terry Fox Run, it has become an annual event at Four Seasons
Hotels throughout 16 countries and over USD 14 million has been raised for
Chiang Mai alone has raised 1.5 million baht during the
last 6 years, going to the Oncological (cancer) Society of Thailand under
the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen.
Also present in the early morning light were H.E. Dr.
Andrew McAlister, the Canadian ambassador, Nit Wangviwat, the hon. Canadian
consul for Chiang Mai, Dr. Sathaporn Leelananthakij, (ex-president of the
National Cancer Society Thailand), Dr. Pongkitti Thisupakorn, from the
Cancer Society and Prinya Panthong, vice governor of Chiang Mai.
Prinya Panthong paid respect to HM the Queen and after
the King’s anthem was played, hit the gong to release the walkers and
In the 451 participants there were 179 men, 52 women, 13
boys and 4 girls in the 10.2 km run, 106 adults and 76 children in the 2.2
km walk, as well as 18 adults and two children in wheelchairs and two
Patrick Ghielmetti closed the event saying, “I am very proud to tell
you that we can forward over 300,000 baht to the Cancer Society of Thailand,
thanks to all your participation today. Let us stick to the commitment
Isadore Sharp, the founder and chairman of Four Season Resorts made to the
parents of Terry Fox. ‘We will not give up the dream to find a cure for
cancer’. Thank you all very much to be a part of it and we hope to see you
again next year for the Terry Fox Run 2004.”
first finisher after 10.2 km received the Queen’s Cup in addition to the
first prize trophy and was congratulated by Prinya Pantong, vice governor of
Chiang Mai. (Photo by Michael Vogt)
you have to stay home when you are old? This gentleman is 79 years old! He
ran 10.2 km and was not even sweating when he returned! He received his
trophy from H.E. Dr. Andrew McAlister and promised to be back in 2004 when
he is 80! (Photo by Michael Vogt)
first woman across the line was 28 year old Michelle Kaminsky from Canada.
Michelle belongs to the North Shore Athletics and she received her trophies
from H.E. Dr. Andrew McAlister, the Canadian ambassador, who came up from
Bangkok to participate in the event. (Photo by Michael Vogt)
early in the morning, but regardless if running, walking or rolling in a
wheelchair, it was hot enough. (Photo by Michael Vogt).
Ghielmetti, general manager Regent Four Season Resort Chiang Mai and Prinya
Pantong, vice governor of Chiang Mai returning after the Terry Fox Walk of
2.2 km. (Photo by Michael Vogt)
it! 10.2 km! Not even sitting in a wheelchair could keep the participants
away. (Photo by Michael Vogt)
Mai’s own pandas. They won the fancy costume prize, which they truly
deserved after three hours in the heat of the fur. Margaret Ghielmetti from
the Regent, Four Season Resort & Spa, presented their prize. (Photo by
Loy Krathong Night Run
If you see this sign somewhere and wonder
what it means: M-Sports are organizing a Night Run tonight, Saturday,
November 8, starting from Chiang Mai Zoo and proceeding all the way up to
Doi Suthep. You can choose between 7 & 14 km and it is not how fast you
can run, it is supposed to be ‘jogging with friends’ ... So, if you have
nothing better to do, are fit and want to enjoy mountain air, join the Night
Run to Doi Suthep!
Chiang Mai wins Arlampang Games in Lampang
20 gold medal tally
Eight Rajabhat Institute campuses competed in the 16th
Northern Region Rajabhat Institute Arlampang Games October 20-24 in Lampang
province. The competition was held for students to show their sport talents as
well as to select the best players in each sport to participate in the next
National Rajabhat Games, which will be held in December in Chiang Mai.
The competitive events covered football, basketball,
volleyball, beach volleyball, badminton, tennis, table tennis, Thai boxing,
amateur boxing and cheerleader contests.
Competition was reported as being very close, with Chiang Mai
coming out on top with 20 gold medals, 22 silver and 28 bronze, Phiboonsongkram
came second with 16 gold, 12 silver and 14 bronze and Nakhon Sawan third with 14
gold, 13 silver and 13 bronze.
The winner of men’s football trophy was Chiang Mai, with
the women’s football honours going to Lampang. Men’s basketball was also
Chiang Mai, with the women’s going to Nakhon Sawan, while the volleyball
competitions were won by Nakhon Sawan (men’s), and the ladies title going to
Charity Bike Ride in Lamphun
The president of Charma Dhevee Rotary Club Jirasak
Jantawieng has announced that the club, Lamphun Provincial Administrative
Organization, and Lamphun Municipality will host the 5th Lamphun Yee Peng
Mountain Bike Competition on November 8.
The event will be at the Wang Chom Phu reservoir in
Tambon Sribauban, Muang, Lamphun and aims to encourage everyone to take
healthy exercise. By promoting cycling the club is decreasing environmental
pollution, preserving folk culture and boosting tourism.
The competition is organized annually by Lamphun and the
Thailand Bicycle Association (under royal patronage) to help raise funds to
support charitable activities within the province. Winning cyclists will be
awarded trophies from Thailand’s prime minister, Lamphun governor, and
other notable persons.
More details are available at the Lamphun Chamber of
Commerce telephone 053 584 666 or contact the Lamphun Communication Part.
Ltd, telephone 053 535 460-1.
Chiang Mai athletes win Phuka Games
Needed a sack to cart the medals home
Songsak Kamdee, the director of Thailand Sports
Association, Phayao branch, said that Phayao province took 45 medals,
including 17 gold, 19 silver and 9 bronze in the 20th National Sports
Competition, Region 5, Phuka Games October 18-27, at Nan province. This was
enough to elevate them into fifth place from the 15 provinces represented at
The four provinces to exceed Phayao’s tally were the
winner Chiang Mai, plus Phitsanulok, Lampang, and Chiang Rai. We were unable
at the time of going to press to confirm the total Chiang Mai medal tally.
The 92 Phayao outstanding athletes and staff includes 65
men, 15 women and other 12 coaches and they have already been advised that
they are invited to take part in the 20th National Youth Sports Competition,
Sukhothai Games, March 20-31 next year at Sukhothai province. There will be
nine types of competitions including volleyball, athletics, shooting,
tae-kwan-do, petanque, boxing, rugby football, and beach volleyball.