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Local tennis star Nui finds success at 24th Dokboua Games

‘Rose of the North’ to get first taste of Adventure Racing - The Chiang Mai Challenge 2008

Prem U-16 basketball teams wrap up ‘The Double!’

Olympic torch to arrive in Thailand April 18

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Local tennis star Nui finds success at 24th Dokboua Games

PTA’s team elite player, Prapanpong Chimdee (Nui), was one of only four players chosen to represent Chiang Mai Province in the recent 24th Dokboua Games (The Thai National Junior Sports Championships). These games are held every year and are Thailand’s version of the Olympic games for high school level athletes. There were over 150 players participating in the tennis tournament held in Ubon Ratchathani.

Tennis star Prapanpong Chimdee (Nui) represented Chiang Mai at the recent 24th Dokboua Games held in Ubon Ratchathani.
On Nui’s way to winning the Bronze medal he upset the number 800 ITF ranked player in the world 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 and in the quarterfinals he beat the number 300 ITF ranked junior in the world 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.
In the semi-finals he played another top 300 ranked player, eventually losing 7-6, 4-6, 1-6 after he found himself in an unfortunate situation. After winning the first set and being 4 all in the second, Nui broke all the strings on his rackets and had to play out the remainder of the match with a friend’s racket: A bit unlucky, but congratulations on some great results and a great tournament.


‘Rose of the North’ to get first taste of Adventure Racing - The Chiang Mai Challenge 2008

4-8 hours of running, mountain biking, swimming, kayaking and more…

Adventure racing is great fun and seriously “addictive” says Serge Henkens,
 the Amazing Thailand Adventure Race Series Manager.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand and Active Management Asia Co., Ltd. have recently confirmed the staging of the inaugural Chiang Mai Challenge 2008.
Scheduled for Sunday, May 18, this four to eight hours wilderness adventure race, will take teams of two through a 35 to 50k course of running, mountain biking, swimming and paddling..
“After the tremendous success of the last River Kwai Trophy that attracted 120 teams from all over the world, the next event of the Amazing Adventure Race series promises to bring some fun and excitement to the ‘Rose of the North,’” says Serge Henkens, Amazing Thailand Adventure Race Series Manager. “The playground though is definitely narrower than the other places we organize our Adventure Races.”
Davy Debryn, the logistics coordinator says, “Located between the 700 years stadium, the Doi Suthep Mountain and Mae Rim, the course will include a variety of short and fast sections. The race will be totally different from what we have seen in Nong Chok or Kanchanaburi. We always try to create something different, to surprise the competitors. What we can say is that it will be a lively and fast race. We can’t tell much more at this stage. The racers will find out on the race day!”
The race will start and finish at the 700 years stadium and a lot of activities will take place at the Huey Tung Tao reservoir says Henkens.
“We would like to make this race a social event and invite all Chiang Mai residents to come and support all the athletes! Adventure Racing is so spectacular! I would be pleased to use the sport and Adventure Racing in particular to enjoy a fun and festive day with the population of Chiang Mai!
“In the last few years we have seen adventure racing grow in popularity, with more and more people looking to get into the sport,” he continues. “The River Kwai Trophy in Kanchanaburi, also part of the Amazing Adventure Race series, is now the second largest Adventure Race in Asia after the Action Asia Hong Kong Challenge.
“Anyone with a minimum fitness level can participate. So come and try it, you won’t regret it. But beware, Adventure Racing is the most addictive sport you will ever try, and once you get sucked in, there’s no going back.”
The race will be open to anyone 16 years of age or older and each team must consist of two athletes. For more information check the official website at www. event2 or www.active-asia.com or call Serge Henkens the race director on 081 922 7100.


Prem U-16 basketball teams wrap up ‘The Double!’

The champion Prem U-16 Girls’ team line up before the final.

Both the Prem U-16 Boys’ and Girls’ basketball teams became champions at the recent Chiang Mai Athletic Conference’s U-16 Basketball Tournament, held March 18 at the Grace International School. The occasion turned into a very long night for all the teams, with the tournament ending at 11 pm.
Both of the Prem teams had played very well throughout the season, and had obviously benefited from their part in the squad system with the Prem U-20 teams. The two teams played amazing basketball at the tournament, and both reached the finals unscathed, although the Boys’ team had a very close game with the YIEC line-up from Yangon.
The Girls’ team played hosts Grace School in their final and the two teams battled it out in a very defence-orientated game. The Prem girls finally put on a few more points in the third quarter and then held on to win 16 – 9. Pim had an excellent game as point guard and Emma showed that she can be tough on defence.
The Prem Boys’ team was outstanding in beating their opponents from Grace in their final by a score of 37 - 15. In a breathtaking performance, the boys played exceptionally well as a team. The Grace players struggled with the Prem full court press, which enabled the visitors to shoot away to an early lead. Grace hit back in the second quarter - however, in the third period the Prem team ran away with the game after three 3-pointers in a row put the match out of reach.


Olympic torch to arrive in Thailand April 18

The Beijing Olympics Torch relay is scheduled to arrive in Thailand on April 18 and the Kingdom has prepared several cultural events to celebrate the auspicious occasion, Deputy Prime Minister Sanan Kajornprasart announced last week.
The Beijing Games torch relay is the longest and most ambitious ever planned, lasting 130 days and covering 137,000 kilometres. Thailand is part of the route and will prepare 80 torchbearers to join the relay in the Kingdom.
The flame will arrive in Thailand on Friday, April 18 and the following day it will be carried by torchbearers from the historic Chinatown area of Yaowaraj, past Chitralada Palace, the Bangkok residence of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and the journey will end at the Royal Plaza in front of the The Anantasamakom Throne Hall.
Various cultural events, both Thai and Chinese, will be held at the Royal Plaza to celebrate the Olympic flame’s journey, and HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will attend the ceremony.
The Deputy Prime Minister said the Chinese government had requested Thailand to step up security during this time as Chinese Embassy officials have expressed concern that there will be an attempt to politicise the Olympics in Beijing.
Narisa Chakrabongse, chairwoman of Thailand’s Green World Foundation who was invited to be one of 80 torchbearers in Thailand, has already announced her withdrawal from torch-running ceremony in response to actions of the Chinese government in Tibet. (TNA)


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 HHH Pub on Moon Muang Road (corner of Soi 2) at 4 p.m. please Call 09 99 358 27 before 3 p.m. Website: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/
CUMH3 is now the most popular Male hash in Chiang Mai and pick up is every week on Tuesdays from the Fish n Chips Shop on Ratchawithee Road (tel. 053-418210). Website: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/cumh3.html
CSH3 is a mixed hash. Runs every Saturday. Pick up from HHH Pub on Moon Muang Road (corner of Soi 2) at 3.15 pm. Website: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/
Chiang Mai’s Happy H3 is a mixture of traditional values and progressive thinking. Very democratic, good runs and “on on’s” guaranteed. Pick-up from Fish ‘n Chip Shop, Ratchawitti Road, 4 p.m. every Saturday. Website: http://www.geocities.com/chiangmaih3/CH4.html
BH3 female hash (Harriettes) runs once a month on the last Sunday of the month. Pickup from HHH 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.
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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