FT Fitness bounces open
State of the art with something for everyone
FT Fitness Club, on the 2nd floor of Rimping Supermarket,
next to Novotel Chiang Mai, officially opened its doors with Khunying
Raveephan Sucharitakul presiding over the opening ceremony.
Raveephan Sucharitakul cut the ribbon to the cheers of management and staff.
Managing Director Sunpetch Soratorn is proud of his
professional English speaking staff who make everybody feel welcome. He said
during the opening, “Exercise is easy, it is only hard if you do it
reluctantly. That’s why FT Fitness employed staff who have at least five
years experience and who are equally committed to supporting you in
achieving your personal goals. We offer fitness services for everyone with a
wide variety of sports and health related services to our growing
membership. We will measure your current fitness level and based on this we
will design a program to meet your needs.”
station is equipped with a TV to make the time pass quickly.
He continued, “Our group exercises feature introduction
programs for beginners, as well as power programs and fun classes like
‘double step’ which uses two platforms in step class, which is very
complex and challenging.”
While touring the club through the spotless locker rooms,
luxury shower rooms and a quick stop at the sauna, we were told about the
courses offered, including ideal ones for beginners as intro aerobics, intro
step or Yoga, which FT offers as a combination of meditation and stretching
techniques that promotes overall wellness for body and mind.
at FT Fitness were shown by (from left) Phannarai Vorasuntharosod,
vice-president FT Fitness; Sunpetch Soratorn, Managing Director and Satuchet
Raungdessuwon, the health club manager.
But the advanced sporting person will also find a huge
variety of group sports. Power Combat, a program developed from a range of
self-defenses, such as boxing, karate and tae kwan do, which aims to
simultaneously train the whole body with a focus on endurance, strength and
The younger generation will probably prefer Hip Hop or
Aero Jazz (combination of aerobics and jazz dance), while ladies and seniors
might want to look at the A.B.T. (Abs, Butts, Thighs) classes, which are
designed to tone up the lower half and are perfect for all fitness levels.
But no matter which program is chosen, the trainers at FT Fitness assured
everyone that it will improve your energy, overall performance and let
members look and feel their very best. For more information on promotion
membership rates, times or facilities, you are invited to drop by at the
fitness center, or call 0 5341 0356.
Prem’s IB diploma students find handicaps are no handicap
Yard Fon residents teaching students what real life really means
Cheryl Keegan, College
Guidance Counselor and CAS Coordinator
A group of 20 adults from the Yard Fon Vocational
Rehabilitation Center for the Disabled at Maetaeng have begun a series of
sports interactions with the Prem Tinsulanonda International School.
Fon on court.
On the first visit, Yard Fon teams played table tennis,
snooker and basketball against Prem IB (International Baccalaureate)
students. This turned out to be a great success and very enjoyable for
everyone. Prem students quickly realized that the Yard Fon visitors were
excellent sportsmen and women and that competitions against them would be
Prem facilities are useful for the group from Yard Fon
because they are able with relative ease to make use of the pool, gym and
outdoor basketball court as well as the snooker and table tennis area. The
Yard Fon supervisors are happy that their charges are able to interact with
others from outside their own facility. It is important that at the end of
their year at Yard Fon, they will be ready to re-enter general society where
everything is not always set up for disabled people. At Yard Fon, residents
from the age of 25 years do a one year vocational course to help fit them
for independent living.
Prem students, working for their service requirement for
the IB Diploma, signed up eagerly for the Yard Fon project. They have
planned eight visits covering as many sports and activities as possible.
They were delighted with the first encounter and now feel they have to work
harder on their own fitness to keep up with the visitors.
At Yard Fon, the residents play various sports to a high
standard. Many of the Thai teams for the Asian Special Athletes’ Games
begin at their facility.
On this occasion, the Yard Fon handicapped students came
to Prem when the honorary chairman of the board of governors, HE Prem
Tinsulanonda visited the school, with chairman ML Tri Devakul, accompanied
by General Surayuth Jullanont, the recently retired supreme commander of the
It was wonderful for these dignitaries to witness one of
the school’s service programs in action, as they are strong supporters of
the International Baccalaureate and what it asks of its students.
Interaction with the residents of Yard Fon is an ideal service activity,
as the IB philosophy demands that service work be of a real and practical
nature and that it has meaning for those who take part and occurs within a
community context. Towards this end, the Yard Fon project fits perfectly.
Cricket match this weekend
Chiang Mai Schools Cricket Alliance is delighted to
announce the inaugural cricket match in Thailand between Chiang Mai,
Bangkok, Khon Kaen and Petchabun. This tournament will be played at the
Gymkhana Club, Chiang Mai on Saturday and Sunday, February 14 & 15, 10
a.m. - 5 p.m. C.M.S.C.A. welcomes all spectators - admission free. For more
details contact Linda Buck on [email protected]
Chiang Mai Pool league
Deputy PM changes sides?
Ends up with the Greens
Gets to take his own trophy home
Deputy Prime Minister Jaturon Chaisaeng presided over the
opening ceremony of the friendly football matches organized to celebrate the
40 years anniversary of Chiang Mai University (CMU).
PM Jaturon (2nd row standing 4th from right) with the Mass Media team and CMU
VIP’s team during the friendly match at CMU.
The deputy PM also played in the special matches of CMU
VIP’s team and the Chiang Mai Mass Media team at the CMU central stadium.
Deputy PM Jaturon played for the Green team from Suan Dok as well, made up of
alumni from the faculties of Health Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy,
Medical Technical Medicine, and Nursing. The Greens were the final winners,
being awarded the deputy PM Jaturon Chaisaeng trophy.
The Blue team, from the alumni from Humanity and Social Science faculties
were runner-ups. The Science and Technology Yellow team from the faculties of
Science, Agriculture, Engineering, Agricultural Industry, Veterinary Medicine,
Architecture, and Fine Arts received the CMU council president’s trophy and
the Mass Media team won a trophy from Assist Prof Dr Nipon Tuwanon, the
president of CMU.
HHH Announcement: Inaugural
Charity Fun Run in Chiang Mai
“Help us to help kids”
On Saturday, 13 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 same
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 053 418 210.
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!
CMAC Junior Track Meet -A Huge Success
Text: Katherine Voll
Photos: Miranda Rose
This past Saturday junior school students from around the
area and their parents gathered at Prem’s outdoor track and field for a
morning filled with sprinting, throwing, jumping and a whole lot of fun.
Participating schools included Prem, GIS, NIS, LIST, CMIS and APIS. The
crowd was enthusiastic throughout and cheered loudly for every race, from
the kindergarteners’ 60m sprint to the ever-popular parents’ races at
crowd shows their enthusiastic support.
Final point scores placed Prem in first with 747 points,
followed closely by GIS with 559, NIS with 187 and LIST with 176. When these
scores were combined with the Senior CMAC track meet scores from last
November, Prem came out ahead with 1505 points, followed by GIS with 1123
and CMIS with 627.
dads give it their best go at the 100M.
All of the participating students, from the
kindergarteners up through to the 5th and 6th graders, proved excellent
competitors. The age champion for the Girls 5 and Under category was Jasmin
(Prem), while Boys 5 and Under champion was Glen (NIS). Age 6 and 7 girls
age champion was Sand (GIS) followed closely by Emily (Prem). Boys 6 and 7
champion was Danny H. (Prem). In the Girls 8 and 9 category Miriam (GIS) and
Sam (Prem) both tied for first while Nathan (CMIS) lead the Boys 8 and 9
older girls sprint ... Look at them go!
Gift (Prem) had an outstanding meet, taking first in the
girls 10 and 11 age group and setting a new CMAC record of 1:10 in the 400m
race and another record of 2:55 in the 800m. In the boys age 10 and 11
category, Kurt (Prem) lead the group, setting three new CMAC records by
running the 400m in 1:06 and by throwing the shot put 7.44m and the discus
an incredible 21.24m.
for me! Prem kindergartener Crawford runs his hardest.
Not only did all of the students participating show great
effort and determination; they also made a lot of new friends and
demonstrated excellent sportsmanship. Everyone who attended the meet
thoroughly enjoyed themselves and cheered on every competitor, from the
youngest kindergarteners’ right up through the (less cute, but just as
determined) participants in the parents’ races.
Grace Tigers roar at track meet
Grace International School was well represented at a
track meet held at Prem International School on Saturday, Feb. 7, with kids
as young as 4 and old as 11. GIS’s contingent was 60 kids strong. They
battled in the long jump, high jump, shuttle relay races and 100-meter relay
There was shot put, discus, 60, 100, 200, 400 and 800
meter races. The excitement began at 9 a.m. and continued past noon.
Kids were everywhere, many with parents to cheer them on! Prem’s
excellent track and field facilities made the day a huge success. Many kudos
and congrats to all the organizers at Prem. Thanks also to the athletic
directors of the other schools present - GIS, APIS, CMIS and NPIS - many
worked very hard to assure a great experience for the kids. Thank you and
see you again next year!
Duong, Bible Summetikul, Tobias Nosten and Amber Keele take a warm-up run
for GIS kids around the track.
Overholt from GIS crosses the finish line in the 800-meter girls’ 8-9
years olds with a well deserved 2nd place.
Nosten (GIS) and Corey Cole (GIS) sit with friends and competitors from CMIS
Chiang Mai resident wins
in Phuket golf tournament
Wongmalee of Chiang Mai won the low net score at the 2 day Blue Canyon
amateur golf championship in Phuket last weekend. The two rounds were played
from the black tees at the prestigious course, which was also the home to
the Johnnie Walker Classic in 1994 and 1997. Golfers from Asia, Europe,
Scandinavia and America were attracted with Nike as the primary sponsor.
Veerasak Wongmalee, a member of Lanna and Green Valley Country Club was the
surprise winner of this tournament.