Mae Jo and Huai Muang Fang Sai win closely fought U-12 volleyball tourney
Winners move through to regional finals
The boys’ team from Ban Mae Jo School and girls’ team
from Ban Huai Muang Fang Sai were the winners of the 5th AEROTHAI six day
Under-12s volleyball tournament.
last match between Ban Mae Jo School and Chitta Wittaya was a nail biter.
The final round between Ban Mae Jo and Chitta Wittaya
schools was a nail biter, but Ban Mae Jo School won in two sets, with scores
of 25-22 and 25-21. Chitta Wittaya earned accolades for finishing first
The Ban Dong Community boys’ team was the second runner
up after it prevailed over Sri Chom Thong Community in 2 sets, with scores
of 25-18 and 25-22.
In the girls’ section, Ban Huai Muang Fang Sai team
defeated first runners-up Ban Ta Look 2-1, with the scores 25-16, 25-17 and
15-10. The girls from Ban Par Bong were the second runners-up.
The boys from Ban Mae Jo School and girls from Ban Huai
Muang Fang Sai School will represent the province in the regional
competition next month against the winners from the other seven northern
The regional winners will go to the national round in
Bangkok in December to compete for the HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Kwanchai Wongnitikorn presided over the
closing ceremony and presented the AEROTHAI trophies to the winning teams.
Chiang Mai to host international sports fest
The local branch of the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT)
will hold the International Triathlon and Duathlon 2004 competitions on
Sunday, September 26, in Chiang Mai from 7 a.m. - 12 noon.
The triathlon will consist of a 1.5 km swimming race, 35
km cycling race and a 10 km marathon. It will be open to males under 35 years
old, and have an age category for girls and boys not over 16 years old.
The Duathlon will consist of a 35 km cycling race and a 10
km marathon. This event is open to many age groups including a ‘seniors’
category, 35-45 years, as well as Under-14 and Under-18 years categories.
In the triathlon, competitors will start with swimming in
the Huay Tungtao reservoir, and then cycle along Klong Chollapratharn
(irrigation canal) Road, to the Hang Dong-Samoeng intersection, and return to
Klong Chollapratharn Road, passing the 700 Year Anniversary Sports Complex,
to Huay Tungtao reservoir and then to the finishing line at the 700 Year
The Duathlon will follow the same route - without the
The first 500 to cross the line will receive mementos and
certificates. Those interested in taking part should apply in person at the
SAT Chiang Mai office from today till September 25 between 10 a.m. - 4.30
p.m. at the center in the 700 Year Anniversary Sports Complex, or on the day
of the event from 4 a.m. - 6 a.m. The application fee is 300 baht for the
triathlon, and 200 baht for the duathlon. They can also apply via the
internet by going to www.sat.or.th/triathlon
A tribute to our hosts - the Thai community
I know I usually write about junior cricket, but this
article is more about our Thai hosts, who kindly allow us into their country
(and play cricket).
I have spent the last two weeks by the fountain at Airport
Plaza. I have had a stall selling T-shirts to raise money to help fund junior
cricket in Chiang Mai.
Firstly this would not have been possible but for the
generosity of Wichai Jeungwiwattanakitti. This gentleman rents the area from
Airport Plaza and when I explained to him my reasons for wanting a stall, he
had no hesitation in allowing me space for 50 baht a day.
As you can imagine the first day was quite daunting, I was
the only ‘farang’ in a sea of Thais. I felt like the ‘fat’ lady at the
circus (if you had seen me sitting on one of those child’s stools you
probably would have thought so too!). Although I was stared at, I was smiled at
too. I cannot speak Thai and there was very little English spoken.
I had a sign in Thai that explained what I was trying to do.
I also had pictures of Thai children playing cricket, and a set of cricket
equipment. The stand was open from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. That first day seemed
like a lifetime. I almost felt like giving up. I took 300 baht.
When I arrived on the second day the atmosphere had changed
dramatically. Before I had got my merchandise out of the car, one of the
stallholders had found my benches and umbrella for me, and helped me set up my
stall. Apparently Mr. Jeungwiwattanakitti had explained to them what I was
trying to do.
Over the next two weeks I experienced a feeling of warmth,
protection and gratitude that made me feel humble. Each day when I arrived, the
stallholders would help me get ready.
I was shown where water was 6 baht instead of 15 baht. I was
given little gifts by the other stallholders. They bought me food and looked
after my stand when I needed a ‘comfort’ break. When one of the other
stallholders tried to complain that my merchandise was not Thai (which it was),
the others set on her like mothers protecting their children.
They tied my umbrella to my bench when the wind came, and
they covered all my merchandise when the heavens opened.
Every stallholder came and purchased something from the
stand, and thanked me for helping their children - this made me cry - and
believe it or not: 99.9 percent of my customers were Thai.
If I look at those two weeks as a time and motion study -
well I would be fired, but if I look at the time as learning more about my Thai
hosts then it was worth every minute, and I would not have missed it.
One thing I did learn was that many Thais read Chiangmai
Mail (a lot more than I ever thought possible), so may I take this
opportunity to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to experience the
warmth, friendship and hospitality you have to offer.
For more information regarding junior cricket in Chiang Mai visit our
website at www.cmsca-juniorcricket-thailand.com
Chiang Mai Pool league
UK Soccer Academy is back
Following the tremendous success of the UK Soccer Academy
camp at the Prem Center in April this year, the UK Soccer Academy is back! The
five day camp will be held from Saturday October 9 through to Wednesday October
13, with first class FA-UEFA qualified coaches.
The camp is offered to both male and female students of
various ages and ability levels. A challenging week of soccer aims to inspire,
motivate and encourage the development of children’s soccer skills as well as
sportsmanship, communication and social interaction in a fun and fulfilling
Highlights of the week include opening and closing
ceremonies where parents are encouraged to attend, tailored first class
coaching programs for each child to maximize their potential on the football
field, a ‘World Cup’ tournament where children are taught about each
country represented and free UK Soccer Academy footballs and kits to take home.
There are two accommodation options for attending the camp.
Children can either stay at the Prem Center for the duration of the program
with 24 hour supervision, meals and evening activities provided, or children
can just participate in the camp during the day, going home for the evenings
and returning to the Prem Center the following morning. In the April program
residential places at the Prem Center were a popular choice, but spaces are
For more information about the UK Soccer Academy camp or to
enroll your child in the camp please contact Simon Greenslade at the Prem
Center 053-301-500 (ext 5024) or email: simong@ premcenter.in.th
Level One Kung Fu takes time
Brian Fernandez of Khao Lak received his Level One Kung Fu
Teacher Training Certificate from Master Jo at the Kherliang Healing Arts
Center in Chiang Mai. Brian completed 180 hours of training this summer as
the first part of the Kung Fu Teacher Training Program.
Jo (left), president of Chiang Mai Wushu Kung Fu Association and president of
Chiang Mai Tai Chi Chuan hands the sash to Brian Fernandez.
His studies included Kung Fu, Qi Gong, Meditation and Five
Element Tibetan Self-Healing. Brian works as a dive master in Khao Lak. He
will return to Chiang Mai for two more summers to complete another 360 hours
of training to receive his final teacher certification.
Kherliang Healing Arts Center offers training to both Thai and foreign
students in Tai Chi, Kung Fu, Meditation, Qi Gong and Five Element Tibetan
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai presents ‘The 8th Annual Terry Fox Run’
Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai is pleased to announce the
8th annual Terry Fox Run for cancer research on Saturday, October 30, 2004.
The event will be held at the Chiang Mai 700 Year
Anniversary Complex and includes a 10.2 km run or a 2.2 km walk. All levels
of athletes and non-athletes are welcome to participate - the run is
non-competitive - a fun event for the entire family and a good cause to
celebrate with schoolmates or colleagues from work. Participants may walk,
jump, skate or simply show their support by attending the event.
Details of the run will follow at a later date.
A number of sponsorship opportunities are available:
Sponsorship categories: Gold 25,000 baht donation; Silver
15,000 baht donation; and Bronze 10,000 baht donation.
Most people these days know that Terry Fox was a young
Canadian who lost his leg to cancer, and set out to run across Canada to
create awareness and raise funds for cancer research worldwide. He ran for
143 consecutive days and completed an average of 26 miles - a Marathon
distance - each day, a heroic act that defies scientific reasoning. Terry
changed people’s attitudes towards the disabled and had them derive
inspiration from his courage. Though cancer claimed his leg at age 21, it
didn’t take away his unstoppable spirit. He had fierce determination, which
took him to the limit.
The founder, chairman and CEO of Four Seasons Hotels and
Resorts, Isadore Sharp embraced Terry’s quest and promised to “keep his
dream alive.” This commitment led to the establishment of the Terry Fox
Foundation based in Canada.
Each year, Four Seasons Hotels around the world organize
Terry Fox Runs to raise money for cancer research in their local community.
The proceeds from our event will be donated to the Oncological (Cancer)
Society of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen.
If you have any queries or would like more details, please
call Teera Kaewmuang or Duenswang Suwaphrom on 053 298 181 or fax 053 298
189, e-mail: Terryfox.Chiangmai @fourseasons.com
Please join Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai in supporting
the 8th Annual Terry Fox Run. Everyone’s support helps the fight against