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International swimmers face off at Prem

515 participants at the Terry Fox Run raise 370,000 baht before sunrise

Chiang Mai Pool League: Rock Hard breaks bad run

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International swimmers face off at Prem

Jake Nicholson

Last Thursday, the Prem Center welcomed all student swimmers to their pool. Throughout the day, over 170 swimmers from Prem, Grace, Lanna, NIS, APIS, CMIS, and CDSC swam in the annual Chiang Mai Athletics Conference (C.M.A.C.) Senior School Swim Meet.

School spirit was plenty as teammates cheered on their fellow swimmers. (Photo: Jake Nicholson)

While Grace International came out of the meet with four of the five age group champions, Prem International posted the top score of 705 points, followed by Grace with 483, Lanna 186, CMIS 68, NIS 46, APIS 28, and CDSC 7.

The age group champions came from many schools. For boys ages 12-13 was Sean from Grace with a maximum 32 points, Meredith from Grace for 12-13 girls (30 pts.), Paul from Grace for 14-15 boys (32 points), Nice from Grace for 14-15 girls (30 pts.), Patrick from CMIS for 16+ boys (32 pts.), and Raphaela from Prem for 16+ girls (32 points).

The swimmers gave it their all during the Chiang Mai Athletics Conference (C.M.A.C.) Senior School Swim Meet. (Photo: Meghan Reynard)

The meet concluded with six kayak races, which showed some amusing techniques, including paddling backwards, changing lanes, and crashing into other kayaks. The kayak races did not count toward the final scores.

This is the fifth year Prem has hosted the meet, and those in charge hope to continue the tradition.

The junior school races were held at NIS the following Friday. Prem was again the victor and therefore claimed the overall trophy.

P.E. teacher Randall Haime attributed much of the meet’s success to the “sportsmanship and camaraderie amongst schools.” While each student strived to complete the races to the best of his or her ability, the fun of the event was not forgotten.

515 participants at the Terry Fox Run raise 370,000 baht before sunrise

Chiangmai Mail Reporters

The 9th Terry Fox Run, taking place in the very early hours of Saturday, October 8, 2005 was held at the 700 Year Anniversary Stadium and proved to be a tremendous success.

Everyone uses Power Combat with powerful music, led by FT Fitness, to get ready for the run before sunrise.

As well as the run, the Four Seasons Resort organized a bowling event, a tennis tournament and garage sales to help raise funds. By the time the sun rose, organizers and participants had raised over 370,000 baht for cancer research, through the Oncological (Cancer) Society of Thailand (under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen).

515 walkers and/or runners of all ages and abilities attended the event, from 6 a.m. onwards with warming up training provided by FT Fitness.

As every year, Trent University from Canada had their ‘delegation’ participate in the Chiang Mai Terry Fox Run.

The event included either a 10.2 km run or a 2.2 km walk. It was a fun event, but an event to remember the unbreakable spirit of young Terry Fox who had his left leg amputated above the knee in 1977 following cancer. While he was still in the hospital Terry was so overcome by the suffering of cancer patients that he decided to run across Canada to raise awareness of the disease and money to fund cancer research. Terry sadly died while fulfilling his dream at the age of 22 in June 1981.

Andrew Harrison, general manager of Four Seasons Resort Mae Rim thanked the sponsors and runners and closed the event by saying, “Thank you all very much for coming and we hope to see you again next year for the 10th Terry Fox Run 2006.”

Chiang Mai Pool League: Rock Hard breaks bad run

Pat Black

In a week that saw Half Moon Pub struggle to stay on top of the Chiang Mai Pool League, major positional changes took place below them, with reigning champs – The Local – moving up into second, Out Back sliding down to eighth and Rock Hard Bistro gaining ground after ending their recent bad run.

The top of the table clash between Blue Sky Bar and The Local was undoubtedly the match of the day. In a duel where neither team deserved to lose, winning games swung to and fro right to the wire, when The Local polished off the last ball left on the table to take the point and move up into second spot.

Meanwhile, just down the road at December Bar, the home side seemed set to create a major upset by leading the current league pacemakers - Half Moon Pub – 4-2 at the break. But nerves got the better of a side seeking only their second win of the season and the current title favourites hit back in the doubles to end up 5-4 winners.

After the previous week’s runaway victories, most matches this time out were closely fought affairs. Since winning a measly 3 frames from their last two outings, Rock Hard Bistro showed mettle by bouncing back to form and demolishing high-flyers Chiangers and Bangers in the final game of the night.

Happy Bar must have thought they were in for their first ever win when taking a 4-3 lead in the first doubles. Only to see Enjoy Place sneak the last two frames.

Elsewhere, No1 Bar shot into a 4-0 lead and never looked back to win 6-3 at home versus fellow strugglers Blue Sky Garden, while Friend’s Corner dropped a league place in a rare slip up with home advantage against The Wall.

In a mid table encounter, resurgent La Villa will be well pleased with their 6-3 win over Out Back, whose current lack of fortune is seeing them slide down the table.

How many of us have come near to blows about the different interpretations of pool rules? So, a fair summary of those applying to the Chiang Mai Pool League has been sent to all bars participating. However, Dave came on-line with an interesting story.

“I’m really a snooker player,” he said, “and after playing the cue ball away from a touching ball during a Pool League match, I was asked why I hadn’t played a push shot, which is illegal in snooker. After that, there was confusion as to whether push shots are allowed in pool, and nothing is mentioned in the League rules. Do you know the score on this?”

Well Dave, you’ve opened a can of worms here, as some international pool rules allow push shots while others don’t. Canadian rule c) states, “If the cue ball is touching the required object ball prior to the shot, the player may shoot toward it, providing that any normal stroke is employed.” Whereas, rule d) declares, “It is a foul if the cue ball is pushed by the cue tip, with contact being maintained for more than the momentary time commensurate with a stroked shot.”

Chiang Mai Pool League officials are now looking into the matter and we can expect to hear more about it soon. In the meantime, touching balls can be played as interpreted by the Canadian rules.

But I think it’s very difficult to play a touching ball without making a push shot and perhaps match referees are now necessary. What do you think?