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