7 November 2009 – Vice Phuket Governor Tree Akaradecha was presiding over the meeting of the King’s Cup Regatta 2009 held yesterday at Karon Municipality. In which Director of Sport Authority of Thailand Phuket Office Virach Phatee, Deputy Managing Director of Thai Beverage PCL Chalee Jitjarungporn, Eam Thavornwongvong of Kata Group, and concerning officers took part.

Kata Beach Resort & Spa will again be the host venue of The 23rd Phuket King’s Cup Regatta which will be held between November 28 – December 5 off Kata beach. The event has been organised to celebrate His Majesty the King’s birthday, as well as to promote Phuket’s world class offshore powerboat racing playground and to boost Phuket’s tourism in high season.

Thai Beverage arranges to have special activity “Chang Regatta Moonlight” in the night of November 2nd, on Karon beach. People can enjoy many activities such as DJ contest, foods, drinks and performances.

Xi Zhang and Ying Huang in Phuket Thailand Open. Courtesy image from FIVB

6 November 2009 – Yesterday in Phuket Thailand Open, Jarunee Sannok and Usa Tenpaksee of Thailand was defeated by the 24th-seeded Chinese pair Ying Huang and Xi Zhang 19-21, 21-16 and 15-11 in 58 minutes. Thai team After lose again to Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin of USA, fail to move on with the 32-team double elimination rule.

32nd-seeded Julaluk Radarong and Manerat Udomchavee another pair of Thailand met with champions Jen Kessy and April Ross who opened defense of their title, defeating Thailand 21-15 and 21-13 in 41 minutes.

Thailand upset again when Kamoltip Kulna and Yupa Phokongploy were also defeated by 23rd-seeded qualifiers Ekaterina Khomyakova and Anastasia Vasina.

Phuket Thailand Open champions Jen Kessy and April Ross opened defense of their title by defeating 32nd-seeded Julaluk Radarong and Manerat Udomchavee of Thailand 21-15 and 21-13 in 41 minutes.

As a result, all Thai teams were eliminated from the competition.

5 November 2009 – Vice Phuket Governor Tree Akkaradecha yesterday at the City Hall chaired the meeting with coordinator from Laguna Phuket and concerning officers, to discussed this year triathlon event.

Phuket Province to collaborate with Laguna Phuket to organise The 16th Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2009 in the end of this year.

The event will took place on Sunday 6 December, at Laguna Phuket resorts area, in Cherngtalay Sub-district. The idea is to encourage activities and to attract domestic and international tourists as well as to promote tourism in Andaman region.

950 triathletes from around the world will take part in the competition. 6 of which are world champions who confirmed to be competing in this year’s “Race of Legends” for USD20,000 prize.

The triathlon comprises a 1.8k swim, 55k cycle and 12k run. The 6k Fun Run is still open for entries.

30 October 2009 – Thailand 11 met Hoang Anh Gia Lai yesterday almost make Thai fan disappointed when the Vietnamese players scored before the half to give it a 2-0 lead. However, playing with more ambition and dedication Thailand 11 hit back to draw at the score 2-2. 2 goals made by Captain Datsakorn Thonglao and Narongchai Vachiraban. The final score 9-8 make Thai team the winner after a 7-6 shootout victory over Hoang Anh Gia Lai.

While Thong United faced Yadanarbon  at 5pm. The game ended in regular time with score 4-2 and that sent Muang Thong United to the third place.

Middle: Karate Trainer Jitrpanu Kongtham

Believe it or not? Karate is what Phuket Sports Association successful the most. “The charm of karate is strength within the gentleness,” said Mr. Jitrpanu Kongtham or “Dang”, a coach of Karate-Do Club Phuket who take Phuket’s youths to many national competitions. Phuketindex.com sat and talked with him a few days ago and this is what we learned.

“Ajarn Dang” has an extensive experience in Karate-Do for more than 30 years. He is now a level 4 trainer of Thailand Karate Federation, a staff coach for National Youth Karate Team and also a coach for Karate-Do Club Phuket.

He began as a special trainer for schools under control of Phuket City Municipality years ago and organised a summer course for youth continuously. Thereafter Phuket City Municipality gave a support to establish a karate club in Phuket in 2005 and allowed the club to use the Gymnasium 3 at Saphan Hin for training, there are more and more youths pay attention to Karate and join the training since then.

Ajarn Dang explained, “Karate is a kind of martial arts using hand and leg strikes. Karate helps enhance physical strength. Thought it might be perceived as a way to violence by many people, karate in fact is an art of mind training that finally it can perfectly control your body.”

Most of my students are at the ages of 9-18 years. I realized that they want something more than sports and that guide me to focus on self-disciplines and concentration. These two things, will help no matter what, studying, social life, or even karate exercise. Children in our club is a good example for this theory, they got an average grade above 3 and that make their parents confident in what they provided for the children.”

For Phuket Karate-Do Club’s success, Ajarn Dang said, “I’m very proud of my students. They can apply what I teach and bring back honour to Phuket. Like in the 52th National Youth Sport Competition, our students won 5 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze, as well student Nampeung Monticha won award for outstanding players in particular.”

“Although, there are not many students in our club, they are all love Kerate. I don’t want to push them if they don’t want me to do that. I’d rather set a goal and challenge them. I know some people have a question in mind ‘An activity like this will ruin the student’s leaning in school or not?’ I do have the answer ‘No’ From what I see now, a number of students can entry to many famous school through the sports quota.”

“For me, though I have an opportunity to be a trainer in the centre, I chose too be in Phuket. As I was born here, I think it’d be better if I can use my potential to support Phuket’s youths and to improve sports in Phuket. It’s not money, nor awards but being a part of the students’ success that make me most satisfied.”

Interested in the club or karate training call Ajarn Dang 089-6477052 or visit the training site at Gymnasium 3, Saphan Hin, Mon-Sat 6pm-8pm.