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HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Prem teacher pushed to the limit in Ironman triathlon

Adidas Junior Tour presents cups to youths

Chiang Mai Pool league

FT Fitness opens the largest Yoga room in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai 16 year old youth soccer team to represent the North

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Prem teacher pushed to the limit in Ironman triathlon

Randall Haime,
PE Teacher

Matthew Hartnett, a teacher at the Prem Tinsulanonda International School, completed his first attempt at an Ironman Triathlon in Forster, New South Wales, Australia on April 3. Matt completed the ultra distance race which included a 3.8 km swim, a 180 km bike ride and a 42km run (a full marathon). All in all, it amounted to 14 hours 16 minutes of continuous exercise.

Matthew Hartnett, a teacher at Prem, enthusiastically displays his Finishers Medal after completing an Ironman Triathlon in Australia.

To prepare for the Ironman, Matt started training many years ago. He has competed in 4 half ironman distance triathlons (2002, 2003 and two in 2004). He has built an aerobic base by training at a low intensity two to three times a week for each discipline. In one week, Matt would swim 80 laps of the pool three times, go for a quick 40 km cycle one day and a grueling five to six hour cycle on Saturday (150 to 160 km), and one long run of 25 km and two shorter distance runs of 15-20kms on two other days. When asked just what one has to do to reach such a goal, Matt responded, “The number 1 key is commitment. You have to make it a priority in your life. To realize your goal, you need a strategy and the discipline to stick to it.”

Prem teacher Matthew Hartnett cruises along during the cycling leg of his Ironman Triathlon.

Advice for anyone with great ambitions in sport, school, or otherwise, Matt offers, “Surround yourself with positive, supportive people who will encourage and help you while you work towards your goals.” Matt mentioned how important it was to receive support from his friends, family, and members of staff. He was also very touched by the spirit from his fellow Australians who volunteered and cheered him on throughout the race. Matt exclaimed, “I had a buzz the whole time!”

(Matt would personally like to thank Claire, his family and friends and the staff at Prem and Xavier College Melbourne for all their support).


Adidas Junior Tour presents cups to youths

Watcharapong Jingkaujai

Adidas (Thailand) held a youth tennis competition for males and females between 8-18 years of age, called the “Adidas Junior Tour”, supported by the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand (LTAT) under His Majesty’s Patronage. It was scheduled to take place over May 5-8, but rain and storms on the last day resulted it being held over to May 9, when the 12 final matches took place on the tennis courts of the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium.

The winning youths at the Adidas Junior Tour in Chiang Mai.

The winners of male singles were Hasarin Kosin, Popsawan Sethaboot (Bangkok), Siripope Karnjanasopon (Bangkok), Waroot Korkiatthaworn (Bangkok), Supawat Infang (Chiang Mai) and Pongpan Chimdee (Chiang Mai). The final match for the female singles 18 years and female doubles 18 years were unfortunately cancelled as it again rained heavily.

The top three placegetters will be invited to join the tennis camp of the “Road to USA” project in America for three weeks.


Chiang Mai Pool league


FT Fitness opens the largest Yoga room in Chiang Mai

Watcharapong Jingkaujai

The grand opening ceremony of the biggest Yoga room in Chiang Mai took place on May 4 at FT Fitness, on the 2nd floor of the Rimping Supermarket, Chotana Road.

FT Fitness opens the largest Yoga room in Chiang Mai

Raiwin Ongkasing, marketing manager of FT Fitness, said the new Yoga room had capacity for 70 persons. It is soundproof and private, and all people of all ages could practice Yoga there. FT Thailand also provides a foreign trainer, and there are eight different types of Yoga being taught, instead of the more usual two.

Many booths were set-up, displaying and selling goods related to Yoga, as well as numerous health-related products. After its recent expansion, FT Fitness currently offers special promotions, such as two person membership for one fee and opens daily from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.


Chiang Mai 16 year old youth soccer team to represent the North

Watcharapong Jingkaujai

Thailand’s national youth soccer championships, with competitions at provincial, regional and national levels has been organized by the Office of Sport and Recreation Development, from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. The champions will receive a cup presented by PM Thaksin Shinawatra, as well as prize money.

We are the champions! Chiang Mai 16-year-olds soccer team.

Chiang Mai’s 16-year youth soccer players won against the Lampang team with a 3-0 score, and became the northern region’s representative, together with the 12 and 14-year teams, to compete at the finals in Bangkok in mid-May.

The Northern finals took place at the Chiang Rai main stadium on April 29, between Chiang Mai’s 16-year youth team, with most of the players coming from Monfort College, and the Lampang team. Having become the champions of the North, the Chiang Mai team received 40,000 baht and a trophy presented by Nopporn Tornrap, Chiang Rai deputy governor.


Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai runs on Mondays every 2 weeks. If you need a lift from the Hash House Pub on Moon Muang Road (corner of Soi 2) at 4 pm please Call 09 99 358 27 before 3 pm.

CUM H3 is a male run. Pick-up every Tuesday at 4 pm from Fish ‘n Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road (opposite Irish Pub). A fun run for males. No committee.

CSH3 is a mixed hash. Runs every Saturday. Pick up from Hash House Pub on Moon Muang Road (corner of Soi 2) at 3.30 pm.

Chiang Mai’s Happy H3 is a new club with a mixture of traditional values and progressive thinking. Very democratic, good runs and “on on’s” guaranteed. On on on at Clubroom. Pick-up from Fish ‘n Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road, 4 p.m. every Saturday.

BH3 female hash (Harriettes) runs once a month on the last Sunday of the month. Pickup from Hash House Pub on the corner of Soi 2 at Moon Muang Rd. is at 3.30 p.m. during the winter and 4 p.m. during the summer.

For more information visit: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/.

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



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