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760 contestants take part in Tae-kwan-do competition in Chiang Mai

China dominant at Asian Fencing Championship in Chiang Mai

O’Malley’s wins Chiang Mai Pool league

Pool competition at the Half Moon Bar was fun and successful

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Terry Fox Run 2003 - the Marathon of Hope

Loy Krathong Night Run

Chiang Mai wins Arlampang Games in Lampang

Charity Bike Ride in Lamphun

Chiang Mai athletes win Phuka Games

Chiangmai SportRoundup

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 Itsaracheewawat

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.

Deputy 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.

Learning 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.

China 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.

The 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.

Stephen 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.

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!

Terry Fox Run 2003 - the Marathon of Hope

133 more participants than last year

Marion Vogt

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 cancer research.

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 runners.

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 pandas.

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.”

The 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)

Who says 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)

The 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)

Still early in the morning, but regardless if running, walking or rolling in a wheelchair, it was hot enough. (Photo by Michael Vogt).

Patrick 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)

He made it! 10.2 km! Not even sitting in a wheelchair could keep the participants away. (Photo by Michael Vogt)

Chiang 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 Michael Vogt)

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 Uttaradit.

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 games.

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.