Veterans’ tennis makes quite a racket
Largest veterans tournament in Thailand
Phornphimon Thimsat and Natchawi Srirat
The Veterans Tennis Association (Thailand) played host
this year to the Asian Inter-City Veterans Team Tennis Tournament, which was
held at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium at Chiang Mai Sports Complex.
winners received their trophies at the party held at Pang Suan Kaew Hotel.
More than 200 veteran tennis players from all over Asia
took part in this tournament, making it the largest ever staged in this
country. The association had sent invitations to teams from Beijing,
Shenzhen, Shanghai, Macao, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, Taipei, Jakarta, Ban
Dung, Philippines, Singapore, and Korea. Thailand, as host, had two teams.
The participants were aged between 50-70 years (men) and for women it was
50-55 years old.
Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat welcomed the players,
expressing the hope that the players would take the opportunity to
experience Lanna’s culture and tradition and go sightseeing. “This is a
great opportunity for Chiang Mai people to show other countries our unique
culture and tradition and our beautiful tourist attractions,” he said.
The overall winner of the tournament was the Yao team from Osaka Japan
after playing a tiebreak with Bangkok, and the 2nd runner-up was the Chiang
Chiang Mai - Bangkok Sports weekend
From November 29-30, the Swiss section of Ruamradee
International School came to Prem in Chiang Mai for a weekend of sports in
preparation for their Asian Games competition in Singapore.
Swiss section of Ruamradee International School came to Prem in Chiang Mai
for a weekend of sports. (Photo by Latoya Gr.11 student)
First up was a co-ed volleyball competition. Prem
students were split into 3 teams and Ruamradee Swiss made up the fourth
team. After some excellent, very closely fought games the Psychedelic Furs
from Prem and Ruamradee Swiss finished first equal in the tournament.
After lunch the Prem girls took on the Swiss at
basketball where they proved to be too strong for their Swiss counterparts,
with Prem winning by a convincing 56-22.
Next up was the boys basketball where again Prem
dominated the game winning by 48-30.
A great weekend was had by all and Prem now look forward to the start of
the Chiang Mai basketball season which will be after the Christmas break.
Practice makes perfect
On Saturday November 29, Prem Tinsulanonda International
School achieved what they have been trying to do for the last three years -
to win a game of cricket. Not only did they win one game, they won four
games in one day! Their gold medals were achieved in the Grade Five Sawasdee
Cricket Tournament held at the P.R.C. Sports Ground, in Chiang Mai.
The team taking the Silver Award was Mae Phong School,
Doi Saket. This school has only been playing cricket for the last twelve
months, and are coached by a Thai sports teacher, Ajarn Songyut, which is a
major breakthrough for cricket in Chiang Mai.
Ajarn Songyut learnt his skills from attending a two-day
seminar in Doi Saket, and a further two-day seminar in Bangkok in September
of this year. Roger Binny (ex Indian international cricketer) was the guest
lecturer at the seminar, which was attended by forty-six Thai sports
teachers, drawn for all over Thailand.
The play off for third place was between Montfort College
and P.R.C. The game was very close; good scoring showed the value of the
FLICX pitch. The pitch was used for the first time on Saturday and proved
its worth with the players being able to play their shots with confidence.
Results: Prem beat Mae Phong School by 225 runs to 222
runs (3 run victories). In the third place playoff match, Montfort beat
P.R.C., 235 runs to 224 runs.
For further information on Chiang Mai Cricket Schools Alliance please
contact Linda Buck on 053 426 101 or e-mail: [email protected]@
Anti-drug track & field day very popular
Phitsanu Thepthong and
Most of the international schools in Chiang Mai took part
in the week long anti-drug affirmation organized last week by Chiang Mai
Provincial Authorities to celebrate His Majesty the King’s birthday.
the fastest man win... Athletes run for the tape at the anti-drug track
& field day last week at the 700 Year Anniversary sports complex.
The young athletes came from the American Pacific
International School (APIS), Chiang Mai international School (CMIS), GRACE
International School (GIS), Prem Tinsulanonda International (Prem) and
Nakorn Payap International School (NIS) who participated in the anti-drug
track and field day at the 700 Year Anniversary sports complex.
This sports event was also considered to be a part of the
60 day drug countdown project initiated by the government, and was called
“Palang Paen Din, Kachad Sin Ya Septid, or “People power can eradicate
The Drug Combat Operations Center in Chiang Mai organized the event. As
well as the athletic events there were marching bands, cheerleader contests,
drug destruction exhibitions by 500 happy young students from Saraphi
district, gliding performances, and drug burning ceremonies. Local sniffer
dogs were included also in the arena.
Chiang Mai Bike Week 2003 begins this weekend, December 6
“Ride With Helmet” and “Drunk? Don’t Ride!”
The official opening party for the Chiang Mai Bike week
is being held on Saturday December 6 at 6 p.m. with a dinner at the River
Bar Pub and Restaurant.
morning between 8.30-9 a.m. the motorbikes will meet and line up in the Porn
Ping Hotel car park for the motorcycle procession with 600 bikers expected
to promote this year’s slogans “Ride With Helmet”, and “Drunk?
From 10.15 a.m., the cavalcade of motorbikes will start
moving from Porn Ping Hotel heading towards Prao District, for a 200 km
The main party will be on Sunday night at the Imperial
Mae Ping beer garden starting at around 5 p.m. with a Fun Fair, with
promotion booths from the main sponsors, such as BMW, up for a second
consecutive year. There will also be a ‘Ride and Bite’ competition, and
after 7 p.m. it is Party Time - dinner, games, lucky draws, shows and plenty
of live music.
This event also gives bikers the chance to check out the
newest models of bikes and receive first hand information from BMW. It is
also good for the Chiang Mai Bike Week to see that the main players such as
Harley Davidson and BMW are coming together, combining their efforts to
support such a high-profile event.
The importance of this local event is such that the BMW
motorcycle manager Thailand, Erwin Ruser, will come up personally to ‘show
ride’ their latest BMW motorcycle, the R 1200 C Montauk, during the
northern tour. It is the latest member of the BMW Cruiser family, and Erwin
believes it will be the high-flyer of the season. He spoke to Chiangmai
Mail enthusiastically, “This bike allows for the pure art of cruising,
powerful, solid and uncompromisingly masculine. A purpose-bred cruiser whose
beefy appearance immediately tells you what it is built for.”
BMW is also offering an additional day tour to Doi Feuy
Hai, on Monday, Dec. 8. This will be organized in cooperation with an
experienced local tour guide, who will be able to focus on the beauty of
this region and the highlights of the tour.
For more information contact Ratanapong Reugkasem (Lek) from the North
Comets, or visit the website www.chiangmaibikeweek.com for updates.
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!
Maejo Cup tournament
begins at Maejo University
Cheerleaders from Srithana Commercial School provided the
most excitement during the opening ceremonies for Maejo University’s 10th
Maejo Cup at its Inthanin Stadium. The tournament, which began on December
1, runs through December 7, to celebrate Maejo University’s 70th
anniversary and enhance relations among the educational institutes in the
northern region. Seven institutes are taking part: Chiang Mai University,
Payap University, Rajabhat Institute of Chiang Mai, Rajamongkol Institute of
Technology, Northern Region, Chiang Mai Physical Education College, Yonok
College and Maejo University.
Cheerleading team from Srithana Commercial School on show during the opening
A large turnout on Sunday morning for AIDS Day Mini Marathon
On November 30, the HIV/AIDS network held a charity
mini-marathon to mark AIDS day to stimulate people to better understand the AIDS
problem and personal protection. Organizers emphasized that people have to
understand and respect human dignity.
The distance of this mini marathon was 10 km, starting from 700 Year
Anniversary sports complex, passing Phucome Hotel intersection and back to the
stadium. Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat presided over the ceremony and gave
the prizes to the marathon winner.
Governor Suwat Tantipat presented the award to the winner.
along the irrigation road was 10 km.
people participated in this marathon.