Prem teacher pushed to
the limit in Ironman triathlon
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
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.”
teacher Matthew Hartnett cruises along during the cycling leg of his Ironman
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money
plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!