HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Prem wins National Swim Meet

Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes begin April 4

Chiang Mai Pool league

Green and Clean Chiang Mai on bicycles

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Prem wins National Swim Meet

9 schools from Bangkok and Chiang Mai join the fun!

Katherine Voll

Last weekend Prem hosted the PTIS Invitational Swim Meet which was attended by nine schools from Bangkok and Chiang Mai. On Saturday March 20, the junior swimmers competed, followed by the senior swimmers on Sunday March 21.

Prem Swim Champs!

After two days of exciting swimming, Prem took first place overall with 801 points, followed by Rumradee in second with 606 points, Bangkok Patana in third with 386 points and Grace in fourth with 224 points.

Other competing schools included Harrow (HIS) from Bangkok, Rumradee Swiss Section (DSSB), also from Bangkok, Lanna International School (LIST), Chiang Mai International School (CMIS), and Nakorn Payap International School (NIS).

Andrew Brooks (Prem) receives silver medal while gold-medal winner Sean (Prem) watches

During the junior portion of the swim meet, the crowd was particularly supportive and the stands were filled with cheering parents and teachers.

The age champion for the Girls 5 and under category was Hyunsa from NIS with 21 points; the boys 5 and under champion was Oliver from Prem with 24 points.

For girls 6 and 7, the age champion was Sudthatada from HIS, while the boys 6 and 7 age champion was Tata, also from HIS.

The Girls 8 and 9 age champion was Punnaporn from RIS with 30 points; for the boys it was Danny from LIS with an impressive 32 points.

Girls 10 and 11 age champion was Sailub from HIS; boys’ age champion was Kanakorn from RIS.

The senior swimmers faced several competitive races, but the atmosphere was friendly and supportive throughout. The age champion for the girls 12 and 13 age group was Piriya from RIS; for the boys 12 and 13 group, the champion was Patrick from CMIS with an amazing 32 points!

For the 16 and over age group there was a tie for first between Emily from CMIS and Juntra from Prem. For the boys 16 and over age group, Sumetad from RIS placed first with 28 points.

This year’s invitational swim meet was not only a showcase for some great swimming; it was also an opportunity for Bangkok and Chiang Mai schools to spend a day together, competing, cheering and generally having a great time. Though Prem won the team trophy, all Chiang Mai schools should be commended for their excellent performances, as the North won the swim meet’s North/South trophy. Well done, Chiang Mai!

Chiang Mai Cricket Sixes begin April 4

Geoff Thompson

The cricket world’s most popular international amateur six-a-side tournament will celebrate its 17th successful year when the tournament opens in Chiang Mai on Sunday April 4th. Alongside, for the 5th year in a row and beginning on April 6th, will run the Sixes’ sponsored Chiang Mai Sawasdee Cricket Cup for junior school teams.

Each year the Chiang Mai tobacco industry give their team a new name. Last year it was ‘Out of Africa’ reflecting the Zimbabwean homeland of team members Wally Pohl (back 2nd left) and Steve Penney (back, 2nd right). This year’s name is Maori - Te Pakeha (meaning ‘white men’) - because Captain Dean Henderson (back, right) hails from NZ.

This entire ‘festival’ of cricket for both adults and juniors will as usual be held in the grounds of the 106 year old Chiangmai Gymkhana Club. For the third year running the Sixes also welcomes close to thirty teams (actually 29 this year). And to accommodate this large number of entries, the Chiang Mai Sixes will run for the seven days, April 4-10.

Among the teams taking part, are many returning for their umpteenth tour. Three in fact have participated in all seventeen years - the Wombats from Australia, Drifters from England, and Darjeeling CC from Dubai. The local Chiang Mai tobacco companies who helped to bring Sixes cricket to Chiang Mai in 1988 have also entered a team every year, but they change their team name each year. This time they will play under a Maori name “Te Pakeha”.

The Lions of CMW in their third year at the Sixes. The team is sponsored by CMW Oriental Collections, a local company specializing in oriental carpets, shawls, craft objects and furniture . The company is run by Wani (2nd from right , back row) who is captain of the cricket team.

New teams also discover the Sixes and the hospitality of Chiang Mai each year - the Surrey Vagrants, and Marchwiel Outlaws from the UK, together with Commonwealth CC from Bangladesh are the lucky new entries.

12 countries are represented at the Sixes this year - Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, Dubai, England, Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Africa, Spain, Wales and Thailand.

Sponsorship is always an important concern for this volunteer-organized, non profit event. And while the Tourism Authority of Thailand has consistently helped to support the Sixes and the over 300 cricketers and friends it now brings into Chiang Mai, corporate sponsors have been slower to appreciate the potential. This year however Tesco Lotus is making an important business contribution with the supplies of liquid refreshments, not just for the adults, but also the junior cricketers. Champion Sparkplug has agreed to sponsor a new “Big 10” scoring and junior cricket challenge at the tournament.

Always open to innovation, the Sixes is experimenting this year with a boundary worth 10 runs. Cricket’s traditional boundary scores of 4 and 6 runs are maintained, but it is felt this short version of the sport might gain added excitement with the possibility for a batsman to score 10 runs from one ball. The 10 score is achieved by the batsman hitting a large sponsored sign with the ball. The Thai junior cricket program will benefit by a donation of 4,000 Baht from the sponsor, every time the sign is hit. It is believed Chiang Mai Sixes is the first cricket event anywhere to introduce a boundary 10 score.

As usual at Chiang Mai Sixes, a sprinkling of international cricket professionals will be assigned on a one-per-team basis, adding to the quality of the cricket and the sporting experience. Expected to play this year are ex-test stars Roy Dias and Amal Silva from Sri Lanka, Tom Hogan and Trevor Chappell of Australia, and Meyrick Pringle from South Africa. Other pros and ex-pros include Paul Pritchard, the hard hitting ex-captain of English County Championship team Essex, and from Sri Lanka, Malinda Warnapura, Jeewantha Kulatughe, Rohan Buultjens and Lanthra Fernando. This year also sees a second visit from former international test match umpire K.T. Francis.

It promises to be yet another glorious week of sporting fun in the sun at this year’s 17th Chiang Mai Sixes. Several evening social events are planned. Admission is free at the Gymkhana Club ground, although security will be in place, and spectators are welcome to enjoy the all-day, non-stop cricket and the bar. Shaded seating is provided. The Chiang Mai International Cricket Sixes runs from Sunday April 4 to Saturday April 10.

Chiang Mai Pool league

Green and Clean Chiang Mai on bicycles

Bicycle lanes a possibility?

Staff Reporters

Headed by Chiang Mai’s bicycle club, many organizations, including schools, are supporting cycling activities in Chiang Mai. Governmental organizations are in favour, as it promotes healthy living and reduces vehicle pollution.

The first campaign began on March 21, and will take place again on April 4 and 18, and May 2 and 16. This campaign is held every two weeks and aims at giving a boost for better air quality and to educate participants to feel concerned about this city. Unfortunately, a small poll showed that 70 percent of Chiang Mai residents feel that cycling is unsafe.

On the first weekend, participants were introduced to facts about the city of Chiang Mai from well known historians and archaeologists, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thanet Charoenmuang and Assoc. Prof. Somchot Aongsakul.

To build up cycling confidence, measures were suggested to the municipality for bicycle lanes linking historical sites proposed by Chiang Mai Public Work Development and Town Planning Office. The organizers want the establishment of a “Bicycle Street” in many spots such as Chang Moi, Loi Kroh and Thapae Roads.

Cyclists tour around the city.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thanet Charoenmuang talks about the event and its activities.

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai is picked up from the Fish & Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road (opp. Irish Pub) 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 Fish & Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road (opp. Irish 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!