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Football legends Rush and Reid in town for Tesco Lotus “Football Clinic”

Glory for Prem athletes at Bangkok track & field meet

Football legends Rush and Reid in town for Tesco Lotus “Football Clinic”

Rain stops play…
Last week, May 28, English League stars Ian Rush and Peter Reid came to Chiang Mai. The Clinic at Tesco Lotus’s Kham Tieng store featured the two football legends teaching the beautiful game to 60 students from three schools in Chiang Mai - Wat Pa Dan School, Wat Ban Thor School and Wat Khajao School.

There is no pressure - only Ian Rush and 30 cameras!
There was also to be a presentation of sports equipment to the schools to encourage exercise and sports amongst the young people. The stars were also to be on hand afterwards to give autographs to local fans. Unfortunately, the rain had other ideas, as 30 minutes into the Clinic the heavens opened. The event is part of “Get Healthy with Tesco Lotus Year 2”, a nationwide initiative to encourage people to take exercise by supporting a variety of sports including aerobics, running, figure skating and football.
Football Legends Profiles: Ian Rush
Without doubt Ian Rush is one of the greatest players in the history of the beautiful game. Standing supreme as Liverpool’s greatest goal scorer, the lean Welshman was one of the deadliest strikers in football history, blending superb anticipation with lethal finishing.

(L-R) Peter Reid, Paul Mansfield and Ian Rush being interviewed at Tesco Lotus Kham Tieng Market.
During his two-part Anfield career, Ian scored 346 goals in 660 senior outings. He also collected five Championship medals, one European Cup and was awarded the MBE. Ian scored an all-time Mersey derby record of 25 goals against Everton, won Europe’s Golden Boot with 32 League goals in 1984 when he was also double Footballer of the Year. He made his debut for Wales on May 21, 1980 versus Scotland. He captained Wales on numerous occasions and scored a record 28 goals in 73 games.
Peter Reid
Peter Reid, 52, is a former Everton and England midfielder voted PFA Footballer of the year in 1985. With Everton from 1982-1989, he won medals for the FA cup in 1984, the League Championship in 1985 and 1987, and the European Cup Winners Cup in 1985. In an England shirt, he was part of the team which reached the quarter-finals of the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, when the England team famously lost to Diego Maradona’s Argentina. As a manager, Peter has coached Manchester City, who finished 5th in the 1990-91 season, and Sunderland, where he achieved Premier League promotion for the club in 1996 and again in 1999.

The local Liverpool fan club could not miss the opportunity to see their heroes.

Ian Rush, Peter Reid and Paul Mansfield (L-R back) surrounded by adoring fans.

Glory for Prem athletes at Bangkok track & field meet

The young Prem athletes proudly display their medals won
at the BISAC tack and field event in Bangkok.

On Saturday, May 17, Prem was represented by a talented group of nine students at the BISAC (Bangkok International Schools Athletic Conference) track meet. Prem students have never appeared at this event before. The athletes who went on this trip had performed exceptionally well in the CMAC track event, but the question was … how would they compete against the big Bangkok schools such as ISB, Bangkok Patana, Shrewsberry etc?
The results showed that the team performed remarkably well, with all team members bringing back medals! Many of the team are also eligible to go back next year as they will still be in the same age categories, either Under 11, Under 13 or Under 15.
The day started wonderfully with Sandra Smits winning the first event on the track, the Under 13 Girls 1,500m in a time of 5 minutes and 59 seconds. She later picked up silver in the 800m.
Tevin Baechtold got gold in the U15 Boys Discus when he threw a massive 34.14 meters with his last throw after two disappointing earlier attempts. He also picked up a silver medal in the Shot Put.
Emma Levin got silver in the Long Jump with a jump of 4.07 meters, far from her best, to go with her bronze in the Shot Put. Janina Wunderli was second in the 100m after losing a shoe at the start! She still ran a great time, 14.41 seconds, and was so close to winning.
Steven Abby Soekarno got a full set with gold in the 100m (in a time of 13.06 seconds), silver in the 400m and bronze in the 4 x 100m relay.
James Vose got three bronze medals in the U13 Boys 100m, 200m and the relay. He was very close in the High Jump, but the top boys were jumping over 1m 45cm.
Louis Ostram is used to being the fastest kid around, however, the pace was very hot in Bangkok in the U15 Boys track. He did manage a third in the 100m. Meanwhile unlucky Rico Veitch got two very close ‘4ths’ in the U11 Boys 60m and 200m. But he did help the U13 boys to their bronze by leading off in the relay.
Daniel Hird was also in the same relay team. Daniel may not have won the most medals, but he certainly made sure that most of the team got to the airport on time when we returned to Chiang Mai. His knowledge of the Bangkok streets and the Sky train system certainly got us out of a jam when we were trapped in downtown Bangkok with the roads in grid lock.
Overall, this was a very successful trip. The goal now is to select a larger team for next year and train regularly before the BISAC event, as many of this year’s team just turned up and competed without any practice. There is no reason why Prem could not take a team next year to bring back many more medals and maybe even some age group trophies … watch this space!

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