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Archers set their sights on Phuket

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Archers set their sights on Phuket | The Thaiger

PHUKET: The front lawn of the Blue Elephant restaurant in Phuket Town hosted a press conference held by the Phuket Archery Club on March 16, to announce the 3rd Phuket
Archery Open, to be held April 6.

The organizer of the competition, Montree Thammakij, outlined the event saying: “We have 11 types of competition and 57 trophies, along with medals and certificates, which will be handed out by Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut.

“The object of this project is to improve [archers] skills through actual experience,” he said.

The competition will have three categories; Recurve Bow, Compound Bow and Traditional Bow, over distances of 10, 18 and 30 meters. Each category will be split into three age groups: under-12 years, under-18 years and 18 and over. There will also be a team competition.

President of Phuket Archery Club, Bandit Santikul, noted that the club has some very skilled members in its ranks.

“We were founded about three years ago and [have since] sent our archers to participate in competitions around Thailand.”

Narin Tantangtrong [boy’s junior], won 3rd place using a Recurve Bow at an archery competition in the capital in September of 2012.

A Phuket Archery Club team finished 4th (Compound Bow men’s general) at the 41st National Games held in Chiang Mai in December 2012, which was the first time archery was included in that competition.

Pann Tantangtrong won 2nd place (boy’s under-12 years old) using a Recurve Bow at the recent Kasetsart Archery Competition, in January 2013.

The registration deadline for the Phuket Archery Open is March 31. The competition will be held at the Blue Elephant restaurant in Phuket Town on April 6.

The 3rd Phuket Archery Open schedule is below:

  • 9-9:45am: 1st round
  • 10:30-11am: 2nd round
  • 1-5pm: Team competition and the final round
  • 5-6pm: Prize giving and closing ceremony by Saroj Angkanapilas, president of the Sport Association of Phuket

The Phuket Archery Club will together with the Phuket Municipality Summer Camp to offer a special course for students and youngsters from March 25 to April 25.

For information on the Phuket Archery Open click here or call 081 979 5680.

— Andrew Scott

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Police investigate motorbike hoons in Patong

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Police investigate motorbike hoons in Patong | The Thaiger

PHOTOS: Patong Police

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after a viral video clip in local social media.

The Patong Police report that the clip of tourists who have been driving their motorbikes at high speed around the streets of Patong has been very popular and provided them with a lot of information about the locations, the bikes and the riders.

Police are now investigating the incident to find the people on the bikes so they can charge them and take legal action.

Every month they say there are about 2,000 cases as Patong Police enforce the road rules around the tourist town. Patong Traffic Police say they are strictly enforcing traffic rules to prevent road accidents and protect tourists.

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“Self-myofascial release” – what is foam rolling?

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“Self-myofascial release” – what is foam rolling? | The Thaiger

by Krix Luther

The word is out about self-myofascial release – foam rolling – and, no, Thailand people, this doesn’t have to do with a ‘soapy’ or ‘happy-endings’.

So what is foam rolling you ask? Well, it was once a secretive technique used by professional coaches and therapists but has become a regular practice for people across the spectrum of all fitness levels.

Self-myofascial release is just a fancy term for a technique of self-massage that helps deal with muscle tightness and trigger points.

With a massage parlour never being farther than a kilometre away, and decent one-hour massage costing you less than 500 baht, it might be difficult to see the point of learning the technique – which would explain why I always see a bunch of rarely used foam rollers in the corner of Nai Harn Gym in Phuket (one of the places I work).

Nonetheless, the understanding of your body and muscle structures that comes with practising the technique can offer many benefits.

  • Increases flexibility and range of motion
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Prevents chances of DOMS
  • Reduces post-workout stress
  • Helps with post-workout cooldown
  • Reduces recovery time
  • Prevents training-related injuries
  • Reduces chances of overtraining

The practice can be done with a foam roller, lacrosse ball, Theracane or your own hands by simply applying pressure to specific points on your body, aiding in the recovery of muscles and assisting in returning them to normal function. We can think of ‘normal function’ as when your muscles are elastic, healthy and ready to perform at a moment’s notice.

Foam rolling after a workout will provide deep compression that will help relax tight muscles and adhesions (fibrous bands) between muscle layers and their surroundings. The benefits of foam rolling are outstanding, in addition to increasing blood flow, which will speed up muscle recovery. Foam rolling can be used for a variety of corrective bodywork.

It can loosen muscles to re-balance posture, re-establish proper movement patterns, enhance performance and help create pain-free movement.

Stretching alone is not always enough when it comes to releasing the tightness, which makes the technique very helpful. Additionally, you are able to feel exactly what is happening and adjust the pressure so that it is uncomfortable, but not unbearable – not always the case when it comes to the toes of your Thai masseuse digging into your back.

Krix Luther has been a Personal Trainer in Phuket for more than 10 years, he specialises in weight loss, strength & conditioning, TRX and CrossFit. For more information about Krix and his services, visit

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Elderly motorbike driver dies in Thalang crash

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Elderly motorbike driver dies in Thalang crash | The Thaiger

A 74 year old motorbike driver has died after colliding with a high speed taxi in Thalang this morning.

The Thalang Police headed to the accident near an intersection of Thepkrasattri – Nai Yang Road in Thalang at 7.40am.

When they arrived they found a damaged taxi. Nearby they located the damaged motorbike.

74 year old Somchai Uttasaha, the motorbike driver, was taken to the Thalang Hospital but was later pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.

Police report that the taxi was traveling at high speed. The driver was 48 year old Prasert Malitong.

When the taxi arrived at the location of the incident, the motorbike was allegedly traveling outside his proper traffic lane.  The taxi collided with the motorbike at speed.

The taxi driver has been charged with reckless driving causing death.

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