Caption: Holding the Award is Prapa Hemmin, Event Director of Laguna Phuket Triathlon with Suratwadee Phetriang, PR & Marketing Communications Manager of Laguna Phuket (2nd from left) at the Award Gala. Photo credit: SPIA Asia 2017
Recently (on 7 November), “Laguna Phuket Triathlon” was named Best Amateur Sports Event of the Year in Thailand (Silver) at Sports Industry Awards & Conference (SPIA Asia) 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. Winning the award for two consecutive years, the 2017 edition is a step up from the Bronze Credential LPT has won in the same category last year.
Also joined Laguna Phuket Triathlon in this category were “Laguna Phuket Marathon” (Gold) and “FC Bayern Munich Youth Cup Thailand 2017” (Bronze).
SPIA Asia 2017 saw an expansion of both the sports conference and Awards Gala formats to now include 47 Asian countries across 23 distinct categories, both professional and community focused. 400 entries were received this year, and an independent panel of industry experts and appointed awards auditors have closely reviewed all the 205 shortlisted entries before awarding the top performers with Gold, Silver & Bronze accolades.
“We’d like to thank MMC Sportz Marketing for hosting such prestigious event to recognize us in the sports industry, Ministry of Tourism and Sports Thailand, Sport Authority of Thailand and Tourism Authority of Thailand for continuous support in Thailand’s sport tourism segment, Phuket Provincial Office and Thai Airways International (PLC) for being there for Laguna Phuket Triathlon from the beginning, as well as all of our sponsors,” said Ms. Prapa Hemmin, Event Director of Laguna Phuket Triathlon.
“Special thanks go to Go Adventure Asia our long-term partners, all of our triathletes from our first race in 1994, event staff and volunteers both from Asia’s premier resort Laguna Phuket and local communities surrounding us.”
Registration to this year Laguna Phuket Triathlon (Sunday 19 November) opens until 13 November at www.lagunaphukettri.com. For more information about SPIA Asia 2017 and all winners listing, please visit www.spiaasia.com.
Laguna Phuket Kindergarten (LPK) was recently awarded Thailand’s Top 100 Schools for Operational Excellence Award 2017, nominated by the provincial Education Office. The award ceremony was held at Rajabhat Suan Sunandha University, Bangkok, in remembrance of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The Awards & Recognition Programmes by the Ministry of Education and affiliate offices focus on the theme “Teacher of the Land,” which emphasises the concept of “following in the footsteps” of His Majesty King Bhumibol, who is recognised as the Teacher of the Land.
This award was granted to 100 schools nationwide that achieved and/or sustained high performance on provincial educational assessments. LPK score was above 90 per cent in 3 consecutive years. Awarded schools will serve as Spotlight Schools and help lead efforts to replicate their award-winning programmes and sharing of best practices to schools in their local community.
“This is a wonderful reward as this year LPK celebrates its 25th anniversary in educating the future generations. We have introduced what we call meaningful and inquiry-based learning to 3,399 children. We are proud of our learning activities that promote meaningful learning and living a purposeful life.” said, Ms. Prae Sunantaraks, LPK Permit Holder.
“Our mission in developing sustainable communities through education has never been more satisfying. I enjoy coming to LPK every day to do whatever I can, and to create enduring memories for our students, parents and teachers,” said Mrs. Aranya Ninlapat, Principal of Laguna Phuket Kindergarten.
Vegetarian Festival in Phuket is celebrated by hundreds of thousands of devotees and foodies every year. It’s certainly one of Phuket’s most celebrated events.
Seedlings invites you to join in the sharing of “Phuketian vegetarian” food. Our Vegetarian Food Tasting is designed to provoke foodie curiosity and inspire awareness on living healthily and happily while supporting our Seedlings interns to make a difference in our community by way of cooking and sharing our passion in culinary art.
Taste Phuket’s best-kept vegetarian recipes such as Bua Thod, Paco Fern Salad, Massamun Tofu, Pizza Panang Tofu, and many more. This new menu is available from October 14 until October 31 only, so come try it and share it with friends and loved ones! Whether you have a sweet tooth or you’re on a health kick, there’s something for everyone at Seedlings Phuket!
**Limited Time during October 14 – 31, 2017 Only**
For reservation, please call 076 324 465-6.
Note to Editor: Located in the heart of Laguna Phuket at Laguna Holiday Club Phuket Resort, Seedlings Phuket is the first social enterprise restaurant in Thailand under Banyan Tree Group (Singapore). Opened in 2015, the restaurant has been a part of Laguna Phuket CSR’s Seedlings Mentorship Programme which gives local underprivileged youths an opportunity in professional culinary and hospitality training and, subsequently, opens door(s) to their dream career path.
The Race of Legends once again features a strong pro athlete line up, vying for USD 20,000 prize purse on Sunday 19 November in Phuket, Thailand. Headlining this year’s pro field are defending champions Michael Raelert (Germany) and Amelia Watkinson (New Zealand). Michael Raelert is a two time Ironman 70.3 World Champion. He has won the Laguna Phuket Triathlon twice and this year is aiming for a title hattrick in Phuket, something that has never been done before in the event’s 23 year history. The move is also an attempt to catch up with Massimo Cigana (Italy) who currently holds four-time LPT champion status. Amelia Watkinson has had a slow start to the season but has won her last two races, the Ironman 70.3 Philippines and Ironman 70.3 Bintan. She has spent some time recently training in Phuket which should have prepared her well to defend her title.
Other notable pros on the men’s side are Cigana’s fellow Italian Alberto Casadei, co-champion in 2014. Another pro to watch is Antony Costes from France, a rising talent on the international triathlon scene. Nicknamed “The Tiger”, Antony finished second at Laguna last year and will try to do one better this year. He recently won Ironman Spain in the world class time of 7:49:19h, the second fastest time over the Ironman distance in the world this year.
In the women’s field Phuket based Brit Imogen Simmonds is hoping to show her recent good form at her home race. In her first year as a pro Imo was slowed down by a broken collar bone early in the year but has hit form of late finishing fourth in a strong women’s field at Ironman 70.3 Vichy. She will try to improve on her fourth place at Laguna Phuket in 2016. Another contender in the women’s race will be Yvonne van Vlerken. Yvonne has been a top Iron distance athlete for a long time and her recent win at Challenge Almere in a time of 8:51:13 was the thirteenth time she broke the nine hour barrier, a world record.
24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon, comprising 1.8Km swim, 50Km bike and 12K run in Asia’s premier destination resort “Laguna Phuket” area as well as various scenic locations in Thalang District of Phuket Island, is scheduled this year for Sunday 19 November, and once again to be participated by thousands of athletes and spectators from around the world.
Celebrating Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary, this year’s LPT will also include an inaugural Laguna Phuket Tri Charity Fun Run. Scheduled for Saturday 18 November to feature 5Km and 10Km runs for everyone in the family, the Charity Fun Run aims at raising funds for its charity partner “Kao Project” to support hospitals in Thailand.
Laguna Phuket invites you to register for 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon and 1st LPT Charity Fun Run (5Km & 10 Km) on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October at Central Festival (2nd Floor, Bank Zone) from 11am – 8.30pm. First 100 entries, post on social media with hashtag #LPTCharityFunRun, get free gift! Registration also available online at www.LagunaPhuketTri.com until 13 November.
LPT Charity Fun Run entry fee is THB 500 for 5Km and THB 650 for 10Km. Laguna Phuket will take THB 100 from your entry fee and give to Kao Project, a charity run by Mr. Athiwara Khongmalai (Khun Toon Bodyslam) to raise fund for hospitals in Thailand. Laguna Phuket will add another THB 100 on top of each entry to double the fund (THB 100 from entry fee + THB 100 from Laguna Phuket = THB 200 per one runner donated to Kao Project).
2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon will take place during 18-19 November; Saturday 18 November is for LPT Charity Fun Run (5K & 10K) and Sunday 19 November is Laguna Phuket Triathlon race day (Swim 1.8K, Bike 50K and Run 12 K.)
On 13 September, at a “Phuket Governor Meet Press” session, hosted by Phuket Governor Norapat Plodthong at Phuket City Hall, the progress of 2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) organization, this year comprising an inaugural LPT Charity Fun Run on Saturday 18 November and 24th annual LPT on Sunday 19 November, was previewed by government officials as well as members of the press.
The race, comprising 1.8Km swim, 50Km bike and 12K run in Asia’s premier destination resort “Laguna Phuket” area as well as various scenic locations in Thalang District of Phuket Island, is scheduled this year for Sunday 19 November, and once again to be participated by thousands of athletes and spectators from around the world.
Celebrating Laguna Phuket’s 30th anniversary, this year’s LPT will also include an inaugural “Laguna Phuket Tri Charity Fun Run”. Scheduled for Saturday 18 November to feature 5Km and 10Km runs for everyone in the family, the Charity Fun Run aims at raising funds for its charity partner “Kao Project”. Interested triathletes and fun runners are encouraged to register for both “24th LPT” and “1st LPT Charity Fun Run” on Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October at Central Festival Phuket or online at www.LagunaPhuketTri.com
The enduring appeal and unique race distance of Laguna Phuket Triathlon attract entries from leading international pro athlete personalities, as well as age groupers worldwide. Weeks leading to the race, once again, see athletes and visitors descend to Phuket island to train, practice on course and take interval rest to get ready for the race on Sunday 19 November which is expected to be exciting. With athlete’s followers and supporters also traveling to Phuket, the race is expected to generate more than 74 million baht spending in tourism segment for the island
“I am pleased that 2017 Laguna Phuket Triathlon will once again attract athletes from around the world to Phuket Province,” said Prapa Hemmin, Event Director, represented Laguna Phuket at the press session, “We are expecting more than 1,200 athletes to join the race this year, plus another 1,000 to participate in the Charity Fun Run on Saturday 18 November. Registration opens for both events at www.lagunaphukettri.com until 13 November,” she concluded.
Like every year, Laguna Phuket will also be fundraising for Laguna Phuket Foundation during LPT. Athletes booking their slots in Laguna Phuket’s sports events are being asked to raise funds through donations and sponsorships for the resort’s long established “Laguna Phuket Foundation” to operate its various charitable programmes such as Community Learning Centre, Mobile Learning Centre, Seedlings Phuket Social-Enterprise Restaurant, Children First Fund and etc. Athletes can make donations via online event registration and at the donation booth at the event.
Caption: ACE certified Fitness Instructor Matt Richardson, who has over 30 years’ experience in personal fitness and a lifelong passion for golf.
Encouraging a healthy lifestyle and expanding the holistic golf learning environment, the PGA-branded Laguna Golf Academy Phuket welcomes Fitness Instructor Matt Richardson to the team.
A member of the TSPGA (Thai Senior PGA) and certified by the American Council on Exercise, Matt has over 30 years’ experience in both golf specific and general personal training. To compliment Matt’s arrival, Laguna Golf Academy Phuket has created a new well-equipped training studio with a wide range of strength training machines, free weights, Concept 2 rowing machine, smith press machine, TRX suspension training, battle ropes, Olympic bars, bosu/slam/swiss balls, dual adjustable pulley machine and much more.
Paul Wilson, AVP/Group Golf Director, said “We are delighted to welcome Matt to Laguna Golf Academy Phuket. His strong experience in top level golf and sports science will enable Laguna Golf Academy Phuket to become a truly all-inclusive golf learning facility. Sports science plays a huge part of improving overall enjoyment and performance to golfers of all levels.”
Fitness training sessions will be tailored to each individual’s requirements, with Matt calling on his expertise and certifications in TRX and nutrition, to improve muscle tone, hypertrophy, stamina, flexibility, weight loss, strength training and diet.
“Without strong, pliable muscles in your stomach, hips, behind and lower back, you can’t make a golf swing that is both powerful and technically sound,” said Matt, “Regular, consistent workouts not only assist to improve your core muscles and enhance golf swings, but also manage health conditions and diseases, prevent excess weight gain, blow off some steam after a stress day and get a happy buzz from working out.”
To learn more information to get started on your get fit path, visit www.lagunagolf.com/phuket or contact +66 76 324 350 / email@example.com.
On Thursday 17 August, Asia’s premier destination resort “Laguna Phuket” has hosted an inaugural “Laguna Phuket Triathlon Expo 2017” at Eden 1, CentralWorld in Bangkok. The full-day event, taking place from 10am to 10pm, was organised to promote 24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon, scheduled this year for Sunday 19 November, and launch “Laguna Phuket Tri Charity Fun Run”. Aiming at raising funds for its charity partner “Kao Project”, the Charity 5Km & 10Km Fun Run will see its first edition taking place in the late afternoon of Saturday 18 November this year at Laguna Phuket as a part of the resort’s 30th anniversary celebration.
The Expo’s highlights included “Tri Tips & Tricks” session by Thailand’s leading triathlon gurus “Pro Kai” Witthaya Maneejakr, “Coach Ricky” Ekkarat Phanthip and “Boat” Sasitat Kulsuptrakul, followed by a “24th Laguna Phuket Triathlon” press conference at 2pm.
Paneled by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chavanee Tongroach, Vice Minister for Tourism and Sports; Sanit Srivihok, Vice Governor of Phuket; Suvadhana Sibunruang, Director of Brand and Advertising Department, Thai Airways PLC and Ravi Chandran, Managing Director of Laguna Phuket, the press conference saw the launch of Laguna Phuket Tri Charity Fun Run and featured Thailand’s leading rock star and Kao Project’s representative Atiwara “Toon” Kongmalai who has participated in Laguna Phuket Triathlon in previous years, and a message from World Champion and Triathlon Legend “Jurgen Zack” from Germany.
Toon said “This year I won’t be able to join Laguna Phuket Triathlon in November due to the scheduled charitable mission by which I hope we could help more than 1 hospital. The team is finalising this year’s project details to be announced soon. Please stay tune!”
“I’d like to thank Laguna Phuket for organizing the Charity Fun Run this year to help raise funds for Kao Project. I believe it will also be a nice weekends at Laguna Phuket when the dads are there to race the Triathlon on Sunday (19 Nov), while his family get to have some Fun Run on Saturday (18 Nov)” he concluded.
Other activities at the Expo included race registration at special rates and all-day Tri-related activities. The entry was free.
For more information and registration to both the Laguna Phuket Triathlon and Laguna Phuket Tri Charity Fun Run, visit www.LagunaPhuketTri.com or Facebook @LagunaPhuketTri or call +66 (0) 2236 2931 or +66 (0) 76 362 300 ext. 1404. Registration opens until 13 November (or sold out).
Celebrating its 30-year milestone throughout 2017, Asia’s premier destination resort “Laguna Phuket” has launched a resort-wide “30 years, 30% discount” campaign which offers 30% off regular prices on rooms and leisure activities at the resort from now to until 31 August. The benefits extend right across Laguna Phuket’s 7 deluxe resorts; Angsana Laguna Phuket, Angsana Villas Resort Phuket, Banyan Tree Phuket, Cassia Phuket, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Laguna Holiday Club Phuket Resort and Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort, world-renown Banyan Tree Spa and Angsana Spas, award-winning 18-hole Laguna Golf Phuket, selected excursions by Laguna Tours, Canal Shopping Villages and Banyan Tree Gallery and Angsana Galleries. Valid now to until 31 August 2017. Guests are requested to refer to the booking code “LP30Anni” to enjoy the discount*
The newly launched “30 years, 30% discount” promotion joins Laguna Phuket’s ongoing “Summer Family Promotion” which is a treasure trove of fun and games for kids and cost-saving benefits for parents.
*Subject to availability. Other terms & conditions apply.
With paramount success of 2017 Laguna Phuket Marathon (LPM) which took place on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June 2017, the 2018 edition of this internationally-recognised and Southeast Asia’s leading destination marathon race has been officially announced to once again take place at Asia’s premier destination resort Laguna Phuket.
Monday 5 June, Laguna Phuket visited Phuket Panyanukul School for children with disabilities and presented donation raised from “Laguna Phuket presents Big Body+ Charity Concert 2016” which was cancelled in August 2016 due to unsettling incidents in the Southern provinces of Thailand a day before the scheduled concert date.
Beds and bedding sets were donated for Phuket Panyaunkul School to use in “Phuket Panyanukul Hotel” Vocational Skills Development Programme. With objectives to provide training in hotel room preparation and equip the school’s children with knowledge and skills in hospitality, the Programme will expand the students’ career opportunity in Phuket and other tourism destinations after graduation.
Laguna Phuket has supported the School since 2007, then donated a whopping 1.5 million baht to support the construction of skill development playground, an infrastructure required to improve the students’ learning ability. In 2015, a charity concert “Laguna Phuket presents Bodyslam” raised total donation of 110,000 baht to the School.
Today’s activity follows Laguna Phuket’s series of announcement after Laguna Phuket presents Big Body+ Charity Concert 2016’s event cancellation in August 2016 which stated money left from purchased tickets refund will go to Phuket Panyanukul School. The total amount of 510,800 baht was raised and will be managed by a fund specially set up for long-term charitable partnership between Laguna Phuket and the School. The donation of the beds and bedding sets marks the official start of the long-term support.
“We are here today representing Laguna Phuket and all the associates who believe in sustainable community development, the goal achievable only with sufficient educational opportunities given to the young members of our communities at all learning abilities,” said Mr. Anthony Loh, Senior Assistant Vice President of Laguna Phuket,
“Wonderful schools like Phuket Panyanukul are our society’s way of giving these children a place to thrive upon and, with caring teachers and staffs, a place to call home,” he added,
“Laguna Phuket is celebrating our 30th anniversary this year in the theme “Make Laguna Phuket Your Home” with new great events and newly set up ‘Children First Fund’ to extend our community services, making it extra special for us to start the long-term partnership with Phuket Panyanukaul School this year,” he concluded.
Much to the school’s astonishment, Thailand’s number one rock star and Bodyslam rock band’s vocalist “Khun Toon” made his surprise appearance to interact with the school children, and also added 50,000 baht cash donation from his pocket to the School.
“I am very glad to be here today and meet everyone,” said Khun Toon, “Thanks to Laguna Phuket for organising this activity and to the school for taking good care of the children. Together, I believe, we can all help them achieve their goals and become valuable resources in developing our country.”
For more information about sustainable community development programmes by Laguna Phuket or to make contribution, please visit www.lagunaphuket.com/CSR or contact +66 (0) 76 362 315, email CSR@lagunaphuket.com and/or follow Facebook page @LagunaPhuketCSR
PHUKET, Thailand – More than 4,000 runners lined-up this morning to run the Marathon and Half Marathon distances at the 12th Laguna Phuket Marathon. With a record turnout of almost 7,000 runners over the two day event, the Marathon and Half Marathon have proved the most popular and with more than 1,600 in the Marathon distance alone, it’s the largest field of Marathon runners ever at the Laguna Phuket Marathon.
Flagged off at 04:00, Marathon runners enjoyed the beautiful course and quiet lanes in the North of Phuket, the rolling hills, Sirinat National Park and running along Bang Tao beachfront and finally running through the grounds of Laguna Phuket to finish at Laguna Grove.
In the lead group early on was Thai ultra-distance specialist Sanya Khanchai who, after a seventh place finish in the 10.5km yesterday stepped up to his favoured Marathon distance today, but it was Japanese runner Nakajima Hiroki who stole an early lead and at the 10.5km split was more than 12 minutes ahead of the second placer.
Nakajima went on to extend his lead further and finish in a time of 02:34:57.6, beating last year’s winning time by almost three minutes, and more than 30 minutes ahead of second place finisher David Escolar Ballesteros (ESP). Cheng-Ya Sha (TWN) finished third. After a slow start Spanish athlete Zigor Iturrieta finished hard in fourth, just 50 seconds off the podium.
In the female race the early leader was Sabine Egger-Weickhardt (AUS) but as the temperatures soared Japanese long-distance specialist Inoue Tomomi reigned her in and was the runaway winner in a time of 03:10:34.6. Ana Ferreira (PRT), a full 20 minutes back, finished second ahead of Martyna Jakobczyk (POL) who finished in a time of 03:38:19.6
In the Half Marathon, yesterday’s 5km winner Rattakarn Lamanee (and last year’s 10.5km winner) stepped up and was amongst the early leaders but it was fellow Thai runner Danchai Pumkong who lead to the half way point and went on to extend his lead and run out the win in a time of 01:19:37.6. Danchai also finished second in yesterday’s 10.5km and won the Marathon at Laguna Phuket Marathon in 2012.
Picking up his pace in the second half of the race, Rattakarn came through for second ahead of Thirapong Yongthio (who finished second behind Rattakarn in yesterday’s 5km), making it a Thai 1, 2, 3.
Elsewhere in the Half Marathon race, Paralympic marathon champion and world-record holder, Mr Eitan Hermon from Israel placed sixth in the highly competitive 40-49 age group, and finished 13 overall.
In the female field, Phuket-based triathlete Elle Brookes from Australia did the early running but Sukanya Srisawad (THA) and Patteera Ruengjai (THA) kept her in their sights. However, Sukanya fell off the pace later in the race and fellow Thai Benjamas Phujit came through to take third in a time of 01:45:53:2, just nine seconds ahead of British athlete Annie Pedroni.
Celebrating a sixth consecutive participant record, close to 7,000 runners took part in the 12th Laguna Phuket Marathon which is sanctioned by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, and is organised by leading sports management company Go Adventure Asia with professional timing and results by Sportstats Asia, ensuring the highest of international standards.
Top three overall results in all distances: Marathon (Male)
Nakajima Hiroki (JPN), 02:34:57.6.
David Escolar Ballesteros (ESP), 03:05:16.6
Cheng-Ya Sha (TWN), 03:09:03.5