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CMIS honours its young sports stars

CMIS honours its young sports stars

On June 2, Chiang Mai International School (CMIS) celebrated the achievements of its many talented athletes. Thirty-eight students received awards as ‘Most Valuable Players’ or ‘Most Improved Athletes’ in the sports of basketball, football, volleyball and futsal.
The school also runs a prestigious colors award system which recognizes athletes for their outstanding skills, as well as their commitment, dedication, leadership, loyalty, responsibility, and sportsmanship. Twelve students received a silver award under this program, and four achieved the gold standard.

The CMIS Athletes of the Year: Poy Teriyaphirom and Kaylie Short pictured with their awards.

In addition to those awards, the results of the inter-house competition at CMIS were announced for each sport, with house Doi Inthanon emerging as overall school champion for 2007-2008.
In his address to the awards assembly, CMIS Athletics Director Mike Wood recapped the sporting year gone by, with special tribute paid to the 170 student athletes who were not receiving an award, but who had made contributions to the after-school sports program at CMIS in 2007-2008. Mr. Wood also reviewed some of the sporting highlights of the year, including the school’s great showing at elementary track and field, the Varsity Boys’ trip to the Friendship Basketball Tournament in Bangkok, and the CMIS Invitational Basketball Tournament which was held in the new gym.
In closing, Mr. Wood spoke of his plans to introduce the sports of cricket and rugby next year, and also expressed his hope that an even greater number of students would get involved in after-school sports in the future.
The second annual CMIS Sports Awards evening also held speeches from senior, Peter Kim, and alumnus, Han Gil Yahng, both of whom emphasized the importance of sports in their lives as a conduit through which they made many friendships, in helping them to cultivate a commitment to life-long fitness and health.
Chiang Mai Athletics Conference (CMAC) champions from the school were celebrated: Selina Wells, winner for her age group in Track and Field, Tana Lucksanapiruk for Table Tennis, Kaimook Laohajaratsang for U15 Girls Badminton, the U11 Boys Futsal Team, and the U16 Girls Volleyball Team.
Three members of the CMIS Kendo Club, Naomi Osato, Theo Takemae, and Ryan Lai, under the leadership of Coach Eiji Osato, then provided a demonstration of their impressive sport, and were presented with the first place trophy they won at the Bangkok Kendo Friendship Tournament a few months ago.
The final awards of the evening were to the male and female Athletes of the Year. A slate of candidates was nominated by the coaches for their sporting achievements in 2007-2008, and athletes in Grades 5 to 12 cast their votes by way of secret ballot. Congratulations to the worthy runners-up: Mint Srisukvattananan and Nathalie Van Den Berg for female athlete, and Kit Chan, Patrick De Vos, and Peter Kim for male athlete; and well done to the CMIS Athletes of the Year, Kaylie Short and Poy Teriyaphirom.

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