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Teamwork sports for pre-teens on display at Channel Kids Sport Fun Fair

Exciting cricket season on the way in Chiang Mai

Final Wiengping Games sees Suan Dusit retain the title

Squash Competition

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Super Bowl Sunday celebration at Outback

Italian cyclist rests in Chiang Mai

Hmong cart races now world heritage

Chiang Mai discovers break-dancing

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Teamwork sports for pre-teens on display at Channel Kids Sport Fun Fair

The kindergarten football project, called “Channel Kids Sport Fun Fair”, is a project between Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Park and Hotel Complex and the Chiang Mai Private Schools Association.

The project is aimed at helping children to learn by doing activities with people, strengthening family relationships, and creating unity among their peers. The activities included a kindergarten football competition, cheerleaders and supporters award contests, performances from schools and student art.

18 teams were represented in the football competition. The winning team was Rajabhat Institute Demonstration School and the first-runner up title went to Kan Suwannussorn School. Wiengping Kindergarten School finished second runner-up.

The cheerleader team contest had six entries. The winner was the Dara Academy School, first runner-up was the Sacred Heart School and the second runner-up was Sapaporn Kindergarten School.

Dara Academy School students were the winners in the cheerleader contest.

The most versatile player award went to Vorasit Kanitsribumpen from the Rajabhat Institute Demonstration team.

The winning team in the football competition, Rajabhat Institute Demonstration School received a trophy and scholarship.

Competition was fierce but fun when Rajabhat Institute Demonstration team played versus the Sapaporn Kindergarten School.

Exciting cricket season on the way in Chiang Mai

Linda Buck

One of the pleasures of living in Thailand is being able to watch a cricket match in perfect conditions in January! There are some exciting events happening over the next couple of months, and the Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance would be delighted to see spectators at the forthcoming games.

On Saturday January 17th the British Club Bangkok will be playing children from the Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance. The British Club came to Chiang Mai last year and put together two sides of half British Club players and half Thai children. This was a great success, and they asked if they could arrive a day prior to their tournament and do the same again this year. This is not only fun for the children, but a lot of lessons are learnt from watching and playing adults.

Sunday, 18th of January: The British Club Bangkok will be playing Chiang Mai XI for the Dick Wood Trophy. This is an annual event. Dick Wood was an enthusiastic cricketer, and the son of one of the founder members of the Gymkhana Club. Spectators wishing to attend should be at the Gymkhana Club from 10.30 a.m. onwards on both days. The children’s match is a morning game but the adult game is a full day with refreshments available.

The coaching sessions are well underway at C.M.S.C.A. The boys are preparing for the first ever inter-city tournament to be held in Chiang Mai at the Gymkhana Club on the weekend of 14th and 15th of February. The tournament is between Chiang Mai, Petchaboon, Chonburi and Bangkok.

Even more exciting is the fact that the best players from this will be selected for the team playing in Malaysia in April. Again these are full day events and spectators are very welcome.

For further information on the work of Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance please contact Linda Buck on 053 426 101 or email [email protected]

Final Wiengping Games sees Suan Dusit retain the title

Last chapter for Rajabhat Institutes

Phisut Itsaracheewawat

The final day of the Wiengping Games saw Rajabhat Institute of Suan Dusit taking the championship title for the fourth consecutive year. Suan Dusit Institute snared 43 gold medals, almost twice the number of first runner-up Walailongkorn Institution with 25 gold, and the second runner-up Ubol Ratchathani Institution with 23. Chiang Mai’s Rajabhat Institute was ranked 6th with 10 gold medals.

Representatives from 41 Rajabhat Institutes put on glamorous costumes to farewell the last Rajabhat games.

The outstanding athletes of the week went to two swimmers from Suan Dusit Institute: Sompoj Chantara won 12 gold medals and 1 bronze while Ketsaya Kaewsrimuang grabbed 9 gold and 4 silver medals.

Goodbye Wiengping Games! See you again Rajabhat brothers at the University Games next year.

Before the closing ceremony, the football final match between Chanthara Kasem and Thep Satree Rajabhat Institutes was a cliffhanger. Three players from Thep Satree Institute were sent off, but the remaining eight put up a wonderful defense to end up as a draw at the full-time whistle. A penalty shoot-out saw Thep Satree win a gold medal, winning 5-4.

Chiang Mai Rajabhat Institute gold medal holders gathered to celebrate at the closing ceremony.

Dr. Polsahn Posrithong, deputy secretary-general of the University Affairs Committee presided over the closing ceremony which started with cheerleaders winning not gold medals, but many hearts in the audience, followed by spectacular show called “Rainbow of Time Determination”, showing Lanna culture and the harmony of Rajabhat people which would never change.

Directors from 41 Rajabhat Institutes expressed their feelings toward the past 14 Rajabhat games.

Then the deputy secretary-general expressed his admiration for the 14 successful Rajabhat Games, and representatives from each institute lowered their flags.

After the flame was extinguished, it was finally realised there will be no more Rajabhat Games because the next round will be included in the Thailand University Games, with the Rajabhat Institutes having been raised to university levels.4.

Squash Competition

There will be a combined squash/cricket weekend coming up between the Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club and the British Club Bangkok. Both matches will be played at the Gymkhana Club. The squash match will be played on Saturday January 17 at 4 p.m. with the cricket all day the following day. Whoever is interested in the Squash competition, get in touch with Dr. Robert Molloy, email [email protected] or call him at 053 943 398

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!

Super Bowl Sunday celebration at Outback

Outback will be opening at 0600 (yes 6 a.m.) on Mon 2 Feb to show the Super Bowl on the huge 90" screen TV system with breakfast being served from 7 a.m. The Super Bowl will be kicking off at 0625 local time. The Outback is behind True Blue Restaurant at 47 Moonmuang Road, inside the moat near Thapae Gate next door to the Beer Bar Centre and Top North Hotel. For more info, email [email protected] or call mobile number 092615318, or the bar at 053 278 503

Italian cyclist rests in Chiang Mai

Problems biking to Burma and not saddle sores

Phitsanu Thepthong

Giorgi Venturi, 33, an Italian cycling adventurer is on his way to Burma as part of his round the world on two wheels adventure. So far in SE Asia he has cycled from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, to Chiang Rai’s Chiang Khong border district, to Laos, on to Boten at the Laos-China border checkpoint and to Kunming in southern China, taking three months for the 6,000 km journey.

Italian cycling adventurer Giorgi Venturi, 33, recently visited the Chiangmai Mail office.

That was last year’s adventure, but this current cycle ride started in Bangkok on November 14, and has taken him one month to arrive in Chiang Mai, as he made many side excursions, including the old temples in Sukhothai.

After a breather here, his next journey is to cycle to Burma’s capital Rangoon, and on to Bagan, the ancient capital of Burma. He then intends to cycle through Mandalay, following which he intends to explore Burma from north to south before returning to Rangoon. However, he is currently having difficulty in obtaining the necessary visa for the trip to Burma. He will be back in Chiang Mai on January 21.

The adventurous cyclist said, “I have been here five times ... (Chiang Mai) is a really nice place with good food, good taste, and cheap prices in the evening ... you can easily go out for dinner and entertainment and enjoy music, beer, and enjoy yourself.” A fine recommendation from the roving Roman.

Giorgi Venturi, when not astride his bicycle, lives in Gatted Mare, close to the sea in northeast Italy, but manages to ring home every 10 days. “I like Southeast Asian countries the most. I really love the nice places, people, cultures, and festivals,” he added. “I think there is much more peace here in SE Asia. In this land of the people and the Lord Buddha, people are always smiling (which is) opposite to Europeans who are always frustrated.”

“My purpose of cycling here is to learn about life, cultures, and to understand and compare them, and to make me understand myself better, and then, if I can, live here in Southeast Asia,” he said.

Hmong cart races now world heritage

Michael Schumacher not yet confirmed for next year?

Words and Photos Phisut Itsaracheewawat

The annual festival of 12 Hmong Villages called Noj Peb Cause (Nor-Pe-Jor) was just held in Doi Suthep-Pui National Park.

After an hour drive on a fine road leading to Doi Suthep, plus another hour locked in a traffic jam on a small rough road into Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, you are greeted with “Zoo Sab Tos Txais” (Welcome Everybody!), a sign to all visitors painted on banners posted on both sides of the road, together with a crowd of Hmong children gathered to welcome everyone.

The idea of the top spinning competition is to see who can keep a large top spinning longest.

The festival started with a parade of Hmong people from 12 villages wearing each village’s traditional costumes and performing their tradition dances. HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajani, Chairman of the Royal Project Foundation, presided over the ceremony saying that he was pleased to see so much improvement happening for Thai hill tribe people. “There is no more slash-and-burn style farming or poppy growing,” he said proudly.

HSH Prince Bhisadej Rajani, Chairman of the Royal Project Foundation, presided over the opening ceremony.

There were many competitions for everybody to have fun, beginning with top spinning contests and many beautiful traditional stage performances, but what I was waiting for were the wooden cart races.

TV and movie star Tao (Somchai Khemklat) took part in the racing.

These began with a contest between Tao (Somchai Khemklat) versus last year’s champion, Motri Pana-amornchai from Nong Hoi Mai village, and as was predicted, the celebrities fell by the wayside.

It really amazed me that a local invention used for domestic purposes could end up attracting so many people to drive up the mountain to experience it at least once in a lifetime. From discarded wood, the men of the North fashion two meter wooden carts with wooden wheels, big enough to transport goods and water up and down the mountain, but once a year they become racers.

The cart was once used for domestic purposes, but now it has become a world heritage.

As well as the wooden cart racing, there were top spinning contests and “Chuang”, the Softball toss.

In the top spinning contest, players are separated into two sides, the thrower and the knocker, with each team having nine top spinners. The object of the game is to see which top spins the longest without being knocked out by the opponents.

“Chuang”, or softball toss, is a Hmong dating game.

The softball toss has traditionally served as a courtship game for young Hmong and still provides the chance for boys and girls to become acquainted. Players stand a few feet apart in a designated field and toss a small black cloth ball back and forth.

With the digital age invading these traditional cultures, it is good to see the ancient ways being retained and promoted. Let us not lose sight of this, or otherwise there will be no reason to make the journey up the mountain anymore. Something we should consider very deeply.

Parades from 12 Hmong villagers welcomed all visitors.

“Keng dancing” was one of traditional dances.

Spinning a top. Spin, spin, spin!

Ready for the start.

Here comes the winner.

Chiang Mai discovers break-dancing

Now only 10 years behind?

Phisut Itsaracheewawat

When you talk about Hip-Hop music, everybody thinks about an aggressive kind of music containing many vulgarities and slang words, sung by teenagers with pants about to fall off and T-shirts ten sizes too large. However, Hip-Hop has no rigid costume standard or strict definition but when MC, DJ, Graffiti and B-Boys get together, it is called Hip-Hop.

The winners from Ever track team.

B-Boys groups in Chiang Mai describe themselves as a gathering of new wave teenagers who are infatuated with break-dancing, which they think is the coolest sport of this millennium, despite the fact that it began way back in the ‘uncool’ 90’s. Break-Dance is considered one kind of sport requiring excellent ability and serious practicing to become one of the greatest, ignoring the fact that to get to the top of any sport requires complete dedication - ask Paradorn!

“We don’t need wooden tops to spin, we have our heads.”

Hip-Hop steps range from easy to difficult taking suppleness in many parts of the body starting with waist, legs and hands or even head. The most important factor for break-dance is good balance.

To make this ‘sport’ become more well-known, the Equilibrium group had hosted a break-dance contest challenging Hip-Hop lovers to take part and strut their stuff, giving an opportunity for the younger generation to bring out their talents at Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex.

Yo! Yo! Spin it. Spin it man!

The judges, after much deliberation, finally awarded Natthapong Thewthai, Channarong Thakam and Kene Siri from the Evertrack team.