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New Red Bull X Park

Thailand youths continue their football dream

Chiang Mai Pool league

50 ways to get fitter

The Supanimit Cup in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Saengpratheep team from Chiang Mai wins inaugural Chiang Mai Sevens

Chiangmai SportRoundup

New Red Bull X Park

Healthy pursuits for the vigorous youngsters

Staff reporters plus Gerard Krebs and Vincent Leutwiler (student trainees)

Exciting pastimes are now referred to as “X” sports in the parlance of today’s youth. “X”treme, “X”citing and “X”ceptionally daring!

It looks dangerous but you can learn it!

The young people in Chiang Mai now have a venue where they can wear off some of those “X”cess circulating hormones too, with the opening of the Red Bull X Park between the Kad Suan Kaew parking lot and the Chiang Mai Ram Hospital (so those who misjudge their “X”acting manoeuvres can get their “X” rays quickly!).

Oops, where did my skateboard go? This exercise would have been healthier WITH skateboard.

The opening ceremony on July 30 featured a variety of performances, which included skating, biking, and other death-defying feats. The ‘All-Terrain Vehicle’ (ATV) company Links was also on hand to promote their stunt show vehicles and the Peak Mountain Company was present with a climbing wall. Another “X”perience offered at the opening was the chance to “X”tract your brain through your eye sockets in the Euro Bungee jump.

Wheelie “X”pert.

The “X”otic lycra ladies, the cheerleaders, were represented by Srittana Panitchayagarn Commercial and Technical College who “X”plored how many people they could throw into the air at one time in an “X”uberant show of “X”pert timing, far from being “X”temporaneous!

Not to be outdone, the bikers and skaters came on and carried out several “X”oteric stunts in a thrilling “X”hibition of skill and balance.

There was even a display of Latin dancing by some of the local “X”boys! That is taking yourself really to the “X”cruciating limits!

The Red Bull X Park has been built as a place for people of the ‘new generation’ and to support the sport of skating. Our teenage trainees rated the new venue as being in”X”pensive and “X”plained that it has varied activities for all young people over the age of 12.

However, all this “X”citement was such that our student trainees returned to the office and began to “X”patiate “X”citedly, so much so that we told them to sit down and write! But they are still young, so we will “X”cuse them. (This has been too much. I am “X”hausted! “X”ecutive Editor!)


Thailand youths continue their football dream

Hard work ahead at Chiang Rai’s Football Academy, AFA 999

Marion Vogt

In six years Thailand will play in the World Cup, says Stefan Effenberg. Looking at the opening dates of his academy, even with 250 talented boys all eager to score, Thailand is still a long way from reaching the World Cup in 2010. But as Stefan Effenberg pointed out, nobody would have thought that the underdog Greece could accomplish the impossible dream in this year’s Euro cup.

There are those who will say it came from the knowledge and technique of a German trainer. Stefan Effenberg said that all he dreams of is that Thailand can make it too, by adopting a professional European way of training.

Stefan Effenberg in the middle of hundreds of young footballers who share the dream to become a Thailand star. (Photo by Daniel Koeppel)


Chiang Mai Pool league


50 ways to get fitter

FT Fitness has them all

Vincent Leutwiler and Gerard Krebs (student trainees)

If you want to work out, lose weight or gain some muscles, FT Fitness in Chiang Mai can show you how - and no membership is required.

(From L) Mongkon Kongchana, staff manager Jerawan Suyawong, owner Sunpetch Sorathorn, Somkait Kuntawong, Narong Tobwong and Nisit Sompruk.

FT Fitness has exercise equipment imported from Italy and the USA. There are many different types of group exercises, like aerobics, of which there are 50 varieties of classes, yoga and Power Combat which is a combination of aerobics and martial arts and many different types of bicycle simulations on a stationary bike. Variety (and fitness) is the spice of life.

Triceps exercises

Individual muscle training can be arranged with the sophisticated machines which target specific muscles. Even while running on the treadmill you can also watch TV, which is called “Cardio-Entertainment”. The gym also has qualified fitness advisors for their guests free of charge.

After all the sweating it’s time to head off into the separate spotlessly clean changing rooms.

The price for all of these services is only 300 baht and includes fitness assessment, program cards and lockers. A fresh towel can be rented for an additional 5 baht. You can even leave the studio to have lunch and come back without having to pay extra!

FT Fitness Studio is located on the second floor of Rim Ping Supermarket, next to Novotel.


The Supanimit Cup in Chiang Mai

Autsadaporn Kamthai

The Supanimit (World Vision Foundation of Thailand) held the 2nd Supanimit Cup 2004 at the Chiang Mai Municipality Stadium on July 23. The foundation and its partners aim to promote youth participation in sport activities within their communities, using sport as a tool to eradicate the spread of drugs among young people and provide activities for them to spend time profitably and strengthen their health. The event is for children up to the age of 12 years.

Football at Chiang Mai Municipality was a big part of the games.

Football and volleyball were included in the events which attracted students from every district in Chiang Mai.

The winning teams will be Chiang Mai’s representatives to compete in upcoming regional events with athletes from seven northern provinces where the foundation is active - Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Lampang and Mae Hong Son.

This year’s event was organized by the Office of Narcotics Control Board, AIDS Disease Division of the Public Health Ministry, Sport Authority of Thailand, Ministry of Education, Public Relations Department and Chiang Mai Provincial Authority.


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: http://www.thai-american.com/hhh/

It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!


Saengpratheep team from Chiang Mai wins inaugural Chiang Mai Sevens

Penalty shoot-out produces the result

Saksit Meesubkwang and Phitsanu Thepthong

The inaugural Chiang Mai Sevens Football cup was organized by Kevin Watt, with the finalists being Saengpratheep and Suwan Computer Team.

The organizing members

The pitch was a quagmire after the heavy rains prior to the match. However the teams were full of spirit and despite all the players’ efforts, the nil all half time score remained till the final whistle.

Extra time was called for with the Golden Goal rule applying, but at the end it was still a deadlock between the two teams. A three penalty shoot-out was then needed, with Saengpratheep team scoring three from Sunthorn Hongthong, Rungroj Thong-aram, and Mana Yaempree, defeating the Suwan Computer team that managed two penalty goals.

Saengpratheep in black and Suwan Computer in orange in the finals.

This first tournament was sponsored by Enke using Champions league style, with four groups of four playing a league format on the first day, with the top two in each group qualifying for the knockout stages on the second day. The bottom two teams also going through into the Plate competition on the second day, so all teams were guaranteed two days of football.

There will be another tournament next year say the organizers, with international representation from Canada and Australia already confirmed.