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Tenth Annual Terry Fox Run to aid Thai Cancer Society

Everyone’s a winner at the 4th World Vision Sports Cup

Jekyll and Hyde tie for first

Chiang Mai Pool League

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Tenth Annual Terry Fox Run to aid Thai Cancer Society

Four Season’s Resort Chiang Mai is preparing to stage the 10th Annual Terry Fox Run in aid of the Oncological (Cancer) Society of Thailand. Four Season’s general manager, Andrew Harrison, said all proceeds from the event will be donated to the society, which is under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen. The run is to be held on Saturday, September 30.

Four Seasons Resort GM Andrew Harrison and resort manager, Titiya Chooto at last year’s Terry Fox Run.

Canadian Terry Fox was diagnosed with bone cancer in his right leg in 1977, resulting in his leg being amputated six inches above the knee. While in hospital he was so overcome by the suffering of cancer patients, he decided to run across Canada to raise funds for Cancer research. Terry’s Marathon of Hope took place in 1980. His fierce determination resulted in his running an average of 43 kilometers every day for 143 days. He was forced to end his run due to the return of the cancer. He died in June 1981. Since then, close to $270 million has been raised world wide for cancer research through the annual Terry Fox Marathon of Hope which is run at more than 5500 sites around the world and last year saw some 1.6 million participants, who walked, jogged, and rode in wheelchairs or on bikes.
In announcing this year’s Chiang Mai event, Fours Seasons GM Andrew Harrison said you don’t have to be an athlete to participate. It is a fun-filled day for the whole community and is open to companies, families, sporting groups, clubs, students and individuals. He said some parents have even pushed strollers.
This year’s “run” will be held at the Chiang Mai 700 Year Stadium and includes a 10.2 km run or a 2.2 km walk. Registration on the day will be between 5 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. ahead of the start at 6:30 a.m. The Chiangmai Mail will keep you posted on developments between now and the day of the event and of course we will provide you with a full report following the staging of this 10
th Annual Terry Fox Run in our city.

Proud participants in the 9th Annual Terry Fox Run.


Everyone’s a winner at the 4th World Vision Sports Cup

Nopniwat Krailerg
Due to the spirited competition and the camaraderie amongst participants at the 4th World Vision Sports Cup held in Chiang Mai this year, everyone came out a winner.

Aon Klang School earned the runners-up trophy in female volleyball.

However, this was a competition, and trophies, sponsored by Chiang Mai Governor Suwat Tantipat, were awarded for male football and female volleyball.
In the boys’ competition, Tha Nua School earned top honors in the football tournament after defeating Muang Fang Sai School in the finals.

In the girls’ event, Muang Fang Sai School won a trophy for the volleyball tournament after defeating Aon Klang School.
Other activities on the day included a cheering competition, a drawing contest, and a drugs and AIDS exhibition.
The 4th World Vision Sport Cup was organised for the 3000 Thai students of the World Vision Foundation. Students involved in the World Vision project study in 48 provinces throughout Thailand, including Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Phayao, Phrae, Nan and Mae Hong Son.
The event took place at Chiang Mai Municipality Stadium on August 11. The participants were all younger than 12 years old and came from schools around Chiang Mai. The tournament was organised by the World Vision Foundation in association with the Drug Combat Centre, the Sport Authority of Thailand and Chiang Mai Province, and aimed at promoting sports and informing young people about the dangers of drugs.


Jekyll and Hyde tie for first

Sandy Lie
All kinds of sports contain moments of what might have been and that was certainly the case in last Thursday week’s Royal League Stableford event at the Highlands Golf and Spa Resort, where two Jekyll and Hyde performances ended in a tie for first place.

The heavily bunkered course at Highlands.

Steve Polaski went into defensive mode on the heavily bunkered Highlands course by keeping his driver in the bag and playing for position. Mind you, Steve can whack a 3 wood a fair distance and he managed to hit a drive of some 290 yards with it on the par 5, 6th.
His tactical play worked beautifully over the front nine, with accurate drives and some splendid putting, which involved holing out from 12 to 15 feet on several occasions. Steve reached the turn with a gross score of 35 strokes and 23 points, which included six pars, two birdies, one bogey and about 12 putts.
Meanwhile, last week’s “Little Man” runner up, Jon Haid, was struggling to put 15 points together over the first half of the course, but things changed dramatically through the back nine when Steve’s wheels fell off and Jon hit a purple patch.
A few fat iron shots started Steve’s decline, followed by a hooked 3 wood that found the water on the 11th. It seemed downhill all the way from then on, especially on the par 5, 15th, when he missed a putt of several inches to record an 8. To his credit, Steve pulled himself together to par the final two holes and came in with a gross score of 80 and 35 points.
On the other hand, Jon’s game transformed into something special as he waltzed through the difficult 10th to 14th stretch just one over par. Unfortunately, this rather erratic display developed into two doubles and two bogeys over the last four holes and he ended up tying with Steve for first place.
Everyone looks back on days like this and wonders what might have been if consistency had played a greater role in their game. I found it so easy getting a birdie once that I still wonder why I couldn’t put another seventeen of them together in one round.


Chiang Mai Pool League: Moon goes one point clear

Pat Black
It’s been 7 weeks since the Chiang Mai Pool League had a clear leader on points, and it was Half Moon Pub that pulled away from Friend’s Corner last Friday after scraping home in a thrilling match at Out Back.
After taking the early initiative, The Moon was pegged back to 2-2 and 3-3 by a resilient Out Back that wouldn’t lie down. The Lunatics were put firmly on the back foot by losing the first doubles, but with the grit and determination that is the stuff of champions, The Moon dug in to force a deciding frame, which their class act Steve finished off by bagging the black in a middle pocket.

Kevin taking the lead for Half Moon.

Meanwhile, an out-of-sorts Friend’s Corner suddenly found themselves 1-4 down after taking the first frame against third placed Chiangers and Bangers. Friend’s managed to ward off an early defeat by winning the last singles; however, a rampant Chiangers romped through the first two doubles to secure the point and put pressure on the top two teams.
It’s worth noting that Chiangers triumphed last week without their veteran star, Alex, who was sidelined with torn thigh ligaments. Alex slipped on a wet pavement outside the Banger’s bar while sprinting away from a bunch of teenage pool groupies, and we all wish him a speedy recovery.
I guess most males in Thailand have a thing about Thai girls, and Gerry’s problem at The Wall is he can’t beat them at pool. It was therefore no surprise when he lost his singles frame last time out against pretty Pla from The Local.
Gerry said that he’s usually okay against blokes, but when female opposition comes into view, he gets double vision, sees two balls and can’t keep his cuing action steady.
Gerry’s performance allowed The Local to improve on a 0-3 deficit, but their come-back was short lived. The Grinders went into the interval 2-4 down and although they battled on by winning the first doubles, The Wall blocked any further recovery by taking the next one.
Elsewhere, Blue Sky Bar also found themselves 0-3 down at home to Rock Hard Bistro, but unlike The Local they fought back to all square by halftime. Young Willy was instrumental in putting the home side in front for the first time, and The Bar went on to make it 5-3 before Rock Hard took the last frame for consolation.
It’s pleasing to see the changing fortunes for last season’s whipping boys, December Bar and Happy Bar. December moved up the ladder to 5th spot after a comfortable 6-3 win against La Villa, while Happy rose to 10th on beating Blue Sky Garden by the same margin.
The only other team to move upwards in the league last week was Enjoy Place, who recently ended a rotten run of losses with two wins on the trot, the latest of which was 5-4 against the luckless Number 1 Pub.
Lastly, a genuine interest is now being shown regarding who will run the Chiang Mai Pool League next season, and a meeting of team representatives will inevitably take place. Craig of The Local has said that he will arrange a circular letter suggesting details.



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