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.
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
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
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.
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:
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:
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!