31st National University Tongkwao Games opens in spectacular style
Flames, fire and balloons
Phitsanu Thepthong and Chin Rattitamakul
Thousands of people, sportsmen and women, attended the
700 Year Anniversary sports stadium on the evening of Children’s Day to
witness the opening ceremony of the 31st National University Tongkwao Games.
The event was graciously presided over by the representative of Crown Prince
Maha Vajiralongkorn, Air Chief Marshal Rangsarn Disthabanchong.
The evening began with the Monfort College brass brand
playing the overture and another Chiang Mai University (CMU) piece in the
Lanna style. These were followed by 200 students from Payap University and
CMU in a flag waving performance entitled “Spirit and Cheer”.
As a lead-up to the official opening, there were shows
beginning with the Power and Rhythm of the Spirit, and cheerleader displays
called Light up your Spirit. 6,000 balloons were released followed by
fireworks and 200 hot air balloons.
The ceremonial torch lighting was done in spectacular
style with athlete Jirasak Suthichart carrying the flame.
These University Tongkwao Games, hosted by Chiang Mai University, have 61
universities throughout the country in competition with more than 6000
athletes competing in 21 categories. The principal sponsor of the games is
the TA Orange Company.
Nipon Tuwanon, president of CMU with the chairman of University Affairs
Sports Committee Prof Dr Naris Chainasute.
fire-dancer prepares herself for her spectacular show.
Pongsak Angkhasith (center) led the sportsmen in the oath of sportsmanship.
fire-dancers perform amazing acts.
Jirasak Suthichart with the ceremonial flame.
representing 61 universities were carried into the arena.
fireworks opened the games.
Academy band marched into the main stadium.
CMU team marches into the main stadium.
cheerleader team from Chiang Mai University was decked out in incredible
Bend it like Beckham
Yes, girls also accepted in UK Soccer
The UK Soccer Academy will be arriving in Chiang Mai on
April 3, 2004, offering a level of football coaching not often seen in
Thailand. The camp will be held at Prem Tinsulanonda International School,
and several other schools in the region have been invited to join. There is
a chance for every child to get involved.
FA qualified coaches from England will deliver soccer
coaching personally tailored to each child at the camp, both male and female
students of all ages.
The key belief is that good football coaching goes beyond
teaching children the intricacies of the game. With the UK Soccer Academy
children enjoy a challenging week where valuable skills like sportsmanship,
communication and social interaction are nurtured in a fun and fulfilling
The aim is for every child to look back with great
memories of the week they spent at the UK Soccer Academy.
There are two options for the children:
One: Stay the whole week, with 24-hour professional
supervision, and meals and evening activities included. The popularity of
this choice means spaces are limited.
Two: The day experience, where children are free to go
home in the evening and come again in the morning.
Whichever option a child chooses, the UK Soccer Academy
promises a great week.
More information can be obtained from www.uksoc
ceracademy.com or telephone +44 (1243) 816 658, fax +44 (1243) 771458,
[email protected] demy .com
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!
Chiang Mai Pool League
For the love of a game
There are many reasons why a person leaves the country of
their birth, their family and friends to start a new life - mostly not for
the reason we did it - for the love of a game, the game of cricket.
Why did two relatively sane people come to Thailand for
one week and decide to stay?
Challenge - offer a challenge that seems impossible, and
there are a small minority who will not be able to resist. The gauntlet had
been thrown down 12 years earlier when we had decided to buy a lease on a
hotel with 12 acres and turn the grounds into a cricket pitch. Most of our
friends and family thought we were mad.
I ran the hotel and restaurant and my husband built the
cricket pitch. He had played county cricket and is an England Coaching Board
Level III Coach, so he also worked full time during the winter, coaching. We
then got a side together from the local pub and other ‘cricket’ venues,
and for the next 12 years gave the hotel over completely to cricket tours
from May to September, enabling us to survive when a lot of hotels did not.
The lease was coming to an end and we were looking for the next
Poshyanonda, chairman C.M.S.C.A., David Walker (coach-C.M.S.C.A.), David
Buck (coach-C.M.S.C.A.) Peerawat Duangthip and Yotsakorn Chairprom at Under
13 Tuanku Ja’afar Cup 2003 tournament dinner.
Meanwhile a founder member of the Chiang Mai Schools
Cricket Alliance had been looking at the possibility of a coach, as the boys
who were interested in playing cricket needed to move on to a more
structured level of coaching. My husband, David Buck, was recommended to
the test ground ... Peerawat Duangthip and Yotsakorn Chaiprom.
The challenge was there - “Put together a cricket side
of Thai youth who will be professional enough to represent Thailand in two
years time. You have no proper ground, no kit and no translator - what do
The one thing the members of Chiang Mai Schools Cricket
Alliance did have, though, was incredible enthusiasm, love of the game, the
will to make it work, and the belief that they could do it. That’s all you
need isn’t it?
So we took on the challenge, arrived here in October
2003, David to work and me, well I had decided to write a best seller,
perhaps do a bit of shopping, sunbathing, emailing - the first time since I
was 16 that I hadn’t worked, and I was going to enjoy it. Well, that’s
what I thought I was going to do, but that word, “challenge” sprung up
I saw the plans for the first ever Cricket Academy in
Thailand, which was going to be in Chiang Mai, I saw the children playing
cricket on the school playgrounds in flip flops, I saw their faces break out
in the most fantastic smile when they hit the ball, or caught a ball, and
well, that best seller didn’t seem that important.
I’m Linda Buck, now marketing & promotional manager
for Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance. My challenge is to raise the funds
to pay for children playing cricket to have kit (shoes would be nice!),
proper equipment and most importantly a ground to play on.
The land is now being rented and the dream is becoming a
I know a lot of you must be thinking that there are an
awful lot more worthwhile causes in Chiang Mai. Remember though that some of
these children are orphans, some (most) are poor, and their lives do not
have an awful lot of joy. In cricket they have found a sport that they are
good at, they have the companionship of their team, and they have something
to smile about.
I have been here three months; well that’s a long
enough break for anyone isn’t it?
Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance will be holding their
first fundraising event on Sunday February 1. The boys will be playing
cricket from 10 a.m. to 12.00 noon at the Chiengmai Gymkana Club. Spectators
will be more than welcome. Come and see what we are going to achieve.
I really hope that there is at least one ‘cricket
nut’ reading this article who feels he would like to help us with this
project - wouldn’t you just love to have your business name on one of the
boundary banners when the first Cricket Academy in Thailand is finished?
If you would like further information about the Chiang Mai Schools
Cricket Alliance, please contact Linda Buck on 053 426101 or email on
[email protected] .loxinfo.co.th
What does Chiang Mai and other northern provincial towns
possess that we cannot feel or see in most other parts of Thailand? Is it
only its history and multi-cultural diversity, the local friendliness, its
beautiful geographical features or its splendid climate?
Believe me there is more to it than that. Golf started
out here over 100 years ago at the famous Gymkhana Club, Tambon Nonghoi. Now
there are more than 30 courses in the northern section of Thailand and six
within Chiang Mai province. They feature natural contours, rivers, seasonal
flowers, pine trees and fully equipped clubhouses. The government’s
efforts to make Chiang Mai the future hub in the Mekhong region isn’t
beyond its reach.
The Gassan Group will open a new 18 hole championship
golf course this May 2004, called “Gassan Khuntan Golf and Resort”,
Maeta Sub-district (Chiang Mai-Lampang Superhighway, 40 minute drive from
Chiang Mai Central City). The press conference will be on Valentine’s Day,
February 14, 2004. This will be the first spa resort and golf in Chiang Mai.
Contact Sumalee Kungna (general manager) at the Gassan Driving Range for
membership rate. Contact tel. no. 053 321 571. The first hundred members
will receive a special rate.
Croker Golf System
Academy, Chiang Mai (opening soon)
This is part of the world renowned Croker Golf System
Academy with ongoing connection for quality control directly from Peter
Croker and the first one outside Europe in South East Asia. Other Croker
golf instructors are based around academies in USA, Australia, Germany,
Switzerland, Austria, South Africa and now Thailand.
The same system has been used by world class golf
professionals like Vijay Singh, Fred Funk, John Daly, Curtis Strange, Sandy
Lye, Arnold Palmer and many more top golf professionals. The academy in
Chiang Mai will consist of at least two licensed Croker Golf Instructors.
Both of whom will have at least 10 years teaching experiences.
Golf Tips from Peter
The hands are the source of motion. This is NEW news in today’s world
of golf. During the last 20 years much of the golf instruction has been
trying to take the hands out of the golf swing. If you had an eye surgeon
operating on your eyes, would you want him to move the scalpel with his
body? Arms? Or maybe, with his hands? In the first place you would want an
expert surgeon who has educated hands. Croker Golf System focuses on “What
educated hands are in golf,” and bringing the importance of educated hands
back into the game of golf. Pure and simple.
HHH Announcement: Inaugural Charity Fun Run in Chiang Mai
“Help us to help kids”
On Saturday, 23 March 2004, the Chiang Mai Hash House
Harriers and the Irish Pub are having a Charity Fun Run to raise funds for
the disabled kids of the Chiang Mai Disabled Center’s Wheelchair Clinic.
Recipients will include children and young adults of all ages.
It shall be a cross-country run, with a walk for those
who cannot run. A fee of B.500 will be charged, which includes a free
special events shirt, a free Guinness (for St. Patrick’s Day) at the B
stop, free beer after the run, free soft drinks, free BBQ after the run at
the Irish Pub, with beer, and spot prizes and lucky draws.
The run is open for everyone, individuals, families, and
teams alike. Company teams are very welcome to participate - assist a worthy
cause, wear your own corporate outfits, and promote your business at the
The run itself shall be set by HHH Hares, and shall be
across easy-running and beautiful Chiang Mai countryside.
The organizers hope to make this an annual event, to
support a great cause and have a good time as well. It’s also a good
chance to see how the Hash House Harriers of Chiang Mai operate. Good time
guaranteed, and some transport will be provided.
For more information or registration, contact “Kiwi”
at Fish & Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road (opp. Irish Pub Sandy), on 053 418