Young Triathletes Compete at the 5th Thanyapura Superkidz Triathlon

PHUKET, THAILAND – A total of 85 children ages 4-15 swam, biked and ran to the finish line at Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort, one of the leading training destinations for aspiring triathletes and Ironman champions. The triathlon began at Thanyapura’s Olympic-sized 50-metre pool, continued with a bike ride and a run to the athletics track and grandstand.

The kids raced in individual and relay teams in four categories. Top winners in the overall age categories won a customised race suit.

Young Triathletes Compete at the 5th Thanyapura Superkidz Triathlon

“The race was good. It was really hot and tough. It ended with the wind, so it was good. The cycling was really tough because of the rolling hills. My long term goal is to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games next year in Argentina. If I can, I’ll definitely join the next race,” said Russell Liew Yuan Wei of Malaysia, 1st place male finisher (0:38:15) in the Senior 13-15 age category.

“It was difficult and also my first time. The hardest thing today was to swim, I felt as if I kept on sinking. Cycling and running were easier,” said Pinthira Thumthitikul of Thailand, 1st place female finisher (1:14:01) in the Senior 13-15 age category.

“This event had great turnout because there were many athletes, especially with more Thai kids competing with international children. The swimming pool and cycling route were safe and beautiful. I’m inviting everyone to get involved in the next kids’ triathlon – IronKids in November,” said Ekkarat “Ricky” Phantip, Head Coach of Triathlon at Thanyapura.

Thai youth from grassroots triathlon club “Born Free to Run” also participated as they propelled themselves to the top three places in their age categories. Coach Ricky started the group. It offers free training for local Phuket youngsters and helps them to become future running athletes.

First started in 2013, the Superkidz triathlon continues to attract young triathletes from different nationalities. Thanyapura runs the Triathlon Junior Development Program (JDP) for kids ages 6 – 15 to prepare future champions for the ITU Triathlon circuit. The program runs from 24 April – 16 June 2017. For more information, please email sports@thanyapura.com or visit thanyapura.com/events.

The next major youth multi-sport event, IronKids, will take place on 25 November 2017.

Young Triathletes Compete at the 5th Thanyapura Superkidz Triathlon
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Young Triathletes Compete at the 5th Thanyapura Superkidz Triathlon

Young Triathletes Compete at the 5th Thanyapura Superkidz Triathlon
Tri-tots (ages 4-6): Karaket Ellis (1st), Renee Liew Li Ni (2nd),
Stirling Franklin (1st), Sirinut Toomsap (2nd), Liam Gouriou (3rd)
Young Triathletes Compete at the 5th Thanyapura Superkidz Triathlon
Senior (ages 13-15): Russell Liew Yuan Wei (1st), Randall Liew Yuan Zhi (2nd), Sarachai Hapol (3rd), Pinthira Thumthitikul (1st), Daicylaine Alipio (2nd)
Laguna Golf Phuket Signs Branding Agreement with the PGA

The 1st PGA Golf Academy in Southeast Asia

The PGA has reached an agreement with Laguna Golf Phuket, Thailand, to brand its new state-of-the-art golf academy. The new Laguna Golf Academy, Phuket, will become part of the PGA family of branded facilities joining a group that includes The Belfry in England and Gleneagles in Scotland. The new PGA academy will be the Association’s first in Southeast Asia based in Thailand, and one of the 11 PGA-branded facilities around the world. It complements the award-winning Laguna Golf Phuket’s 18-hole par 71 golf course, extensive practice and coaching facilities.

Laguna Golf Phuket Signs Branding Agreement with the PGA

Laguna Golf Phuket Signs Branding Agreement with the PGA

Laguna Golf Phuket Signs Branding Agreement with the PGA

The new purpose-built Laguna Golf Academy Phuket was launched in 2016, one year after the golf course was fully redesigned, firstly winning ‘Best Renovated Golf Course in Asia’ at the Asian Golf Awards 2015. More recently it has been named ‘Thailand’s Best Golf Course’ back-to-back at the World Golf Awards 2015 and 2016.

Laguna Phuket is Thailand’s first fully integrated destination resort that, besides top-class golf facilities, comprises luxurious hotels, villas, spas and restaurants such as Banyan Tree Phuket and Angsana Laguna Phuket. Laguna Golf also boasts six-time major winner Sir Nick Faldo as an official brand ambassador.

Laguna Golf Phuket Signs Branding Agreement with the PGA
Paul Wilson, Laguna Golf Assistant Vice President and Group Golf Director.

More than 30 PGA Professionals are employed in Thailand, including Paul Wilson, Laguna Golf Assistant Vice President and Group Golf Director.

He said: “We are thrilled to become part of The PGA family and enhance our new Laguna Golf Academy Phuket with this PGA branding.

“We have made considerable investment in the overall golfing facilities in Laguna Phuket over the last few years. Since reopening our 18-hole golf course in January 2015, we have received wonderful feedback and won several industry awards.

“One of our key business objectives has been to enhance golf instruction within Laguna Golf. Developing this new relationship with The PGA will enable us to offer the very best in service standards and golf instruction techniques to our members and guests.”

Laguna Golf Phuket Signs Branding Agreement with the PGA
Robert Maxfield, the Association’s deputy chief executive

Robert Maxfield, the Association’s deputy chief executive, added: “The PGA is delighted to announce the start of a new relationship with Laguna Phuket.

“The exceptional golf facilities that now form The PGA academy provide an integral part of a high-class international resort of a quality that is synonymous with The PGA brand and our Members.”

As part of the ongoing relationship, the Laguna Phuket resort will host the first overseas PGA Members’ event.

This will take place from the 5-8 November 2017 and The PGA who is based at The Belfry will seek to engage the 1,500 PGA Members currently operating in 81 overseas countries, offering them an educational opportunity and an ability to network and share their experiences.

Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort and Sports Camps Australia to Host  Interschool Sports Games and Sporting Programmes

PHUKET, THAILAND – Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort has partnered with Sports Camp Australia (SCA) to organise interschool games and sporting programmes from 2017 – onward. Nearly 20,000 parents, students, supporters and coaches from Australasia are expected to participate, generating over 40,000 room nights for Phuket. Fifty per cent of the room nights will be spread out among other resorts in the area.

Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort and Sports Camps Australia to Host Interschool Sports Games and Sporting Programmes
From left: Mrs. Siwaporn Chuasawat, Phuket Vice-Governor, Philipp Graf von Hardenberg,
Thanyapura President and CEO, James Mak, Chairman of Sports Camp Australia and
Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports at the signing ceremony

Students from across the Asian region will compete and participate across various sports in the Phuket over the coming years. The sports include athletics, football, basketball, baseball, swimming, tennis and other sports.

“Thanyapura is committed to turning Thailand into a regional sports hub for the international community. We partnered up with Sports Camp Australia to advance Phuket’s sports tourism economy with the influx of parents, children and coaches from the regional sporting community,” said Philipp Graf von Hardenberg, President and CEO of Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort.
“Sports Camp Australia is delighted to work with Thanyapura in developing Phuket as a sports hub and destination – for upcoming athletes across the region in addition to tourism. The participants will learn from highly accomplished coaches and experience Thanyapura’s world-class facilities, which continue to be an exceptional training centre for athletes of all levels,” said James Mak, Chairman of Sports Camp Australia.

“The government of Phuket is proud to support local partners in driving sports tourism to Phuket. Thanyapura has consistently put on successful sporting events that drive thousands of athletes to Phuket,” said Mrs. Siwaporn Chuasawat, Phuket Vice-Governor.

Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort and Sports Camps Australia to Host Interschool Sports Games and Sporting Programmes
Mrs.Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports

“Sports Camp Australia chooses Phuket as a destination for the international school sporting community, after many years of holding competitions throughout the Asia Pacific and Australian regions. This not only benefits the visitors who descend to Phuket for the sports programmes, but encourages our nation to compete in sporting events,” said Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports.

Sports Camp Australia partners with the best coaches across the region and in Thailand in running sports programmes. SCA’s goal is to “shape lifelong enjoyment of high quality sports education and skill enhancement.” The Sydney-based company coordinates the most successful sporting programmes across Asia. The new partnership with Thanyapura expands their presence in Asia, specifically, Thailand. The first programme is scheduled for June – August 2017 and features swimming, tennis and football.

Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort and Sports Camps Australia to Host Interschool Sports Games and Sporting Programmes

Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort, a well-being hub for sports and health enthusiasts, offers a unique concept with sporting events and training camps for all athletes. Facilities feature the 50m and 25m swimming pools and quiet road for cyclists.

Thanyapura is a sport, fitness, health and educational haven. There is the high-quality sports hotel, award-winning organic restaurants, a mind centre, specialised and holistic medical centre and an international school. Thanyapura’s health and wellness centre is the hub of innovative medical facilities and services such as yoga, spa, mind training, physiotherapy, weight loss and much more. In January 2017, the 37-room Garden Wing launched a new concept, welcoming guests with holistic offerings of leading a healthy lifestyle and a balanced mind.

Kenya win Third Supersports 10-Mile International Run 2017 Phuket

PHUKET, THAILAND – Kenyan runners crossed the finish line at Thanyapura, taking top spots for the third year in row alongside German, Singaporean, and Thai finishers. 785 participants (239 women and 543 men) competed in the 10-Mile race.

David Kibet, who won the 2016 race, finished the 10-mile race in 52 minutes and four seconds. Fellow Kenyan athlete, David Chepkwony took the silver at 54 minutes and 43 seconds. Andreas Dreitz, six-time German Ironman 703 European Champion, finished with a time of 56 minutes and 42 seconds.

A new women’s champion was crowned with Carolyne Mitei of Kenya finishing at 1 hour, 4 minutes and 5 seconds. Ethiopia Gebremeskel of Ethiopia followed in second place at 1 hour, 7 minutes and 6 seconds. Vivian Tang, Singapore’s “Fastest Female Marathoner” claimed the bronze with a time of 1 hour, 7 minutes and 25 seconds.

Kenya win Third Supersports 10-Mile International Run 2017 Phuket 2,500 runners turned out for the sold-out race including six-time Ironman Champion Andreas Dreitz
Top male overall finishers of the 10-Mile: David Kibet (1st place), David Chepkwony (2nd place) and Andreas Dreitz (3rd place)
Kenya win Third Supersports 10-Mile International Run 2017 Phuket 2,500 runners turned out for the sold-out race including six-time Ironman Champion Andreas Dreitz
Top female overall finisher of the 10-Mile: Carolyne Mitei (1st place)

The Thai runners who rounded out the podium, finished top places in the Thai category:

Male

  • 1st place – Thanit Kanpai – 01:07:11.0
  • 2nd place – Wattana Sentong – 01:07:14.4
  • 3rd place – Pantap Punyawantanee – 01:08:10.2


Female

  • 1st place – Wilaiwan Kumpituk – 01:11:35.6
  • 2nd place – Suchada Wattanawes – 01:19:52.9
  • 3rd place – Piyanut Prongpan – 01:22:16.1

“I feel good today. Because I was here last year and I win again. This year, I’m happy to defend again. The race was good and humid. I’ll also join next year. This year, I ran 51 minutes. Last year I ran 50 minutes,” said David Kibet (Kenya), 1st place male overall finisher.

“I’m very happy to be the winner of 10 Mile this day. This is my first time to run the 10-Mile in Thailand. Thank you all,” said Carolyne Mitei (Kenya), 1st place female overall finisher.

“I took the chance to test myself and my limits here. It’s a great race and so much fun, to run around Thanyapura’s areas. I had no chance to follow the fast guys but I’m more than happy to take third place,” said Andreas Dreitz (Germany), 3rd place overall male finisher and part of the German team erdinger alkoholfrei.

“I’m very happy. I’m enjoying the scenery and nature as I run. Everything here was well- prepared. The race was perfect. I was here last year and I’ll come back next year,” said Khun Wilaiwan Kumpituk (Thailand), 1st place female Thai finisher.

“Today’s event is a colourful one for Phuket as a province, especially during school holidays. It’s considered a successful event as over 2,500 runners showed up. It supports sports tourism because athletes come from domestic and global markets. We hope Thanyapura and Supersports can continue to build the race’s reputation on a global and professional scale,” said Anoma Wongyai, Director of TAT Phuket.

Kenya win Third Supersports 10-Mile International Run 2017 Phuket 2,500 runners turned out for the sold-out race including six-time Ironman Champion Andreas Dreitz
From left to right: Mr. Philipp Graf von Hardenberg (President and CEO of Thanyapura), Dr. Chokechai Dejamornthan (Phuket Governor), Mr. Tony Morton (President of Supersports), Paolo Randone (Chief Operating Officer of Thanyapura), and Anoma Wongyai (Director of TAT Phuket)

“This is the first time I’ve been to the 10-Mile Run – the first serious race for me. I come to Thanyapura frequently, since they hold many events throughout the year,” said Metinee Kingpayom, Thai model and actress.

In addition to the 10-Mile, 820 runners (392 women, 427 men) competed in the 5-Mile race.

Now in its third year, the Supersports 10-Mile International Run 2017 Phuket continues to entice recreational runners and renowned athletes to its tranquil and picturesque route – set amid the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park and Northern Phuket’s rubber plantations. 2,500 runners competed in the 10-mile, 5-mile, 2-mile and children’s 500-metre categories.

Kenya win Third Supersports 10-Mile International Run 2017 Phuket 2,500 runners turned out for the sold-out race including six-time Ironman Champion Andreas Dreitz

Kenya win Third Supersports 10-Mile International Run 2017 Phuket 2,500 runners turned out for the sold-out race including six-time Ironman Champion Andreas Dreitz

Kenya win Third Supersports 10-Mile International Run 2017 Phuket 2,500 runners turned out for the sold-out race including six-time Ironman Champion Andreas Dreitz

The event’s success is made possible by these sponsors: Supersports, New Balance, Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort, Gatorade, Johnson Health Tech (Thailand), Krungthai Card Public Co. Ltd (KTC), Thai Health Promotion Foundation, CRG, Mister Donut, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, FamilyMart, Tanita, New) TV 18, Aquafina, Radio Trip 89.75, Khao Phuket, Sports Authority of Thailand, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Ministry of Tourism & Sports and Anda Focus.

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