PHUKET: It was an absolutely incredible night for British International School Phuket (BISP) in the pool on Sunday at the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.
In one evening, the school’s student athletes – representing Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand – brought home one gold, one silver and one bronze medal, in intense competition against the finest swimmers in Southeast Asia.
Year 11 student Fukang Wong stole the show with a blistering second 50 meter of the 100m breaststroke to move from third to first in the final 25m of the race to take gold for Team Malaysia with a time of 1:02.46 minutes.
Next up was Year 11 student Phiangkhwan Pawapotako, racing in the 200m individual medley for Team Thailand. Phiangkhwan swam a very tactical race and pulled into a clear second-place position by the final turn, but needed to fight the final length to hold off a fast finishing Singaporean. She took second place with a final time of 2:18.56 minutes.
Earlier on in the evening, BISP graduating student Roxanne Yu, representing Team Philippines, fought a tough and strategic battle in the 200m backstroke, swimming a new personal best of 2:18.45 minutes and racing to a bronze medal position after turning fifth at the 100m mark.
“What a night team; each and every one of you made me, [Assistant] Coach Chris Gaffney and your teammates back home in Phuket very proud. Congratulations and the best of luck to those still to race,” said BISP / JSA Swim Academy Head Coach Simon Jones, who was also Head Coach for Team Thailand at the SEA Games.
The day before, Phiangkhwan claimed BISP’s first medal of the SEA Games: the silver medal in the 400m individual medley, just behind Olympic superstar Vien Thi Anh from Vietnam.
Phiangkhwan raced to a new personal best, another Olympic qualifying standard in the medley events and a World Championship qualifying time for Kazan, Russia, this summer.
Both Phiangkhwan and Fukang now have three Olympic and World Championship qualifying times between them. In addition, Fukang has also been selected for the Malaysian team at the Commonwealth Youth Games, which take place in Samoa in September.
On June 9, Roxanne blasted her way to bronze in the women’s 100m backstroke final with yet another personal best time.
The 18 year-old BISP student showed her trademark finishing speed, dropping below 1:05 minutes for the first time, finishing with a 1:04.80 time, behind Olympic finalist Tao Li of Singapore and Kania Ratih of Indonesia.
On the penultimate day of competition, Wednesday, BISP swimmers bagged another two medals in the women’s 4x100m medley relay final, with Phiangkhwan leading the Thailand team to silver and Roxanne helping win bronze for the Philippines.
On the last day of swim competition, Thursday 11 June, Fukang took the bronze in the men’s 50m breaststroke.
Next up was a battle between Phiangkhwan and Nguyen, who had already won seven gold medals at the SEA Games, in the women’s 200m breaststroke
The race was an absolute show stopper, with Phiangkhwan splitting a fraction behind Nguyen at the 100m mark in 1:13.42 minutes, and fighting back neck and neck through until the last 15m, with Nguyen out-touching Phiangkhwan for the gold, but pushing Phiangkhwan to a Thailand National Record and a silver medal time of 2:31.51 minutes.
“Over the week, our BISP swimmers have given it their all,” said Mr Jones. “They been involved in multiple races, experienced TV interviews – some for the first time – witnessed some truly world class swimming – some by themselves – and most importantly made new friendships. It’s been a truly wonderful experience, and for myself, an honor to have represented Team Thailand as a coach.”
With one gold, four silver and four bronze medals – as well as more than five National Records and four Olympic Qualifying Times – at the 28th SEA Games, BISP’s swimmers won more medals than Laos, Brunei and Timor Leste. To put it another way, if BISP were a country, they would be ninth out of 12 in the overall medal standings.Keep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
Top 10 islands to visit in Thailand (2020)
Thailand is famous for its outstanding island experiences and there are many to choose from. From sweeping stretches of clear golden sands to islands where you can dive, snorkel and stay, Thailand’s islands and beaches are as diverse as they are plentiful. Let’s count them down…
Koh Tao is an island that is well-known for being a great diving destination. It is also known as Turtle Island by the locals and boasts of various small and beautiful beaches that serve as the perfect holiday destinations. Diving is a pleasurable sport to be carried out on Koh Tao as it can be carried out more leisurely in a less crowded environment due to the availability of various diving spots around the island. As diving and snorkelling are the main activities to be experienced here on Koh Tao, one should be aware of the best period to travel to the island with the best conditions.
The best time to visit is during the dry season, between March and September, where the water is said to be calm, and high visibility for more fabulous diving and snorkeling experience. It is highly recommended for tourists to visit Koh Tao in October as the sea is the calmest, and water is the clearest. There are various locations that are worth visiting within reach from Koh Tao, with Koh Nang Yuan being one of those destinations. This island is unique in that three different islands are joined by white sand, making a unique experience to travel between islands or island hopping.
9. Koh Pha Ngan
Koh Phangan is a unique destination that one should not miss, as seen in its unique blend of both natural beauty and exciting activities. The unspoiled beaches on Koh Phangan cater to the needs of tourists who wish to relax and escape from their busy lifestyle, while those seeking an exciting and unique experience should not give the Full Moon beach parties a miss. The Full Moon beach parties are according to the lunar calendar, where many party-goers gather and have a fun and exciting time. Altogether, one can experience a hippy vibe when traveling to Koh Phangan, and it is truly an experience that one can only find on this island.
Known as one of the destinations that aim to cater to the needs of all tourists alike, one can expect relaxing activities such as yoga and wellness retreats and not surprisingly, parties, which are what one would not expect from its many natural beauty. Tourists are often left amazed by the gorgeous sceneries that one can experience on the beautiful beaches on Koh Phangan, such as Haad Salad, Thong Nai Pan, Malibu, and Bottle Beach. The best time to visit Koh Phangan is during the dry weather, which falls between March and September, where one can simply relax while sunbathing under the sun on beaches and around the island.
8. Koh Samui
Koh Samui is yet another wonder that most tourists would love to explore when choosing a destination for a holiday as known by its unique blend of beautiful nature and modernity. This tropical island boasts of a vast stretch of beautiful beaches often lined with tall coconut palms, which adds to the tropical vibe along with a massive land of rainforests. Koh Samui is a well-developed island with the tourism scene always on the bloom thanks to the adequate facilities available for the convenience of tourists such as an international airport, high-end resorts, and wellness retreats. Nevertheless, tourists can still experience the natural state of Koh Samui.
Perfect for those who wish to get closer to nature, one can find many choices of activities to be carried out on Koh Samui. The many viewpoints on the island promise great photographs, while those who are seeking for more adventurous activities can give hiking a try. There are also many hidden beaches and waterfalls that one can explore. Besides the fun and exciting night parties and events, Koh Samui is a favorite choice among honeymooners. Visitors often visit between March and October, where the seas are said to be calm, allowing many water activities. Diving is fun during this period, where you can even swim with the whale sharks.
7. Koh Lipe
Koh Lipe is a small island that does not disappoint despite being a tiny one. Do not be deceived by its size as this island provides the perfect destination for you to relax and put your hair down. The colorful coral reefs are one of the best, making the island to be one of the best diving destinations in the country. Koh Lipe has national parks and is under the protection of the marines. Therefore, tourists can experience the beauty of nature in an environment that is said to be raw and untouched. Although one can simply find pleasure by relaxing on the beach, many water activities will leave the more adventurous ones amazed where sports such as diving by beautiful coral reefs and magnificent marine creatures.
Tourists often visit Koh Lipe between November and April, but the peak season has to be in January, where many tourists come. Despite all that, Koh Lipe is still a favorite place for relaxation, as seen by its chill atmosphere. Those who are seeking more active pleasures can opt to visit the many neighboring islands around Koh Lipe, such as encountering the friendly yet cheeky monkeys on Monkey Island or rock climb on Koh Khai. Another beautiful destination that is within reach from Koh Lipe is Langkawi Island.
Koh Rok and Koh Haa are islands that offer the best experience when looking out for a holiday destination which is different yet does not disappoint. These small islands provide a lot of surprises despite the size, and they are untouched and undiscovered, appealing to those who wish for something different for a memorable holiday. The local government takes various initiatives in maintaining the underwater ecosystem here on Koh Rok and Koh Haa. Therefore, tourists can get the opportunity to encounter a variety of vibrant marine life and beautiful underwater topography with both soft and hard corals.
The best time to explore Koh Rok and Koh Haa is between November and April, where avid divers and snorkelers gather due to the best condition to explore the underwater world surrounding the islands. One such place for the best diving experience is on Koh Lanta. It is worth mentioning that the marine park is not open outside this period. Boasting as one of the most beautiful destinations in the country, one can experience gorgeous beaches and exciting water activities on Koh Rok and Koh Haa. Snorkeling on Koh Rok Noi to experience the majestic Koh Rok waterfall or diving while exploring the underwater caves and caverns are pleasurable activities to be carried out. Another place to snorkel with high visibility is Koh Haa Yai, where stunning pictures and the experience of swimming with marine creatures such as manta rays and whale sharks makes for a great underwater experience.
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64 year old Singaporean found dead in Thalang, Phuket
A 64 year old Singaporean man was found dead inside a house in Phuket’s Thalang district on Thursday morning. Police say they were called to Yucharoen housing estate by neighbours who found the man dead in his bathroom. The man’s name is being withheld pending notification of relatives.
Police say there were no bruises on the man’s body and that it appears he had been dead for at least 3 days before his body was found. They also found his will in the bedroom, according to the Bangkok Post.
A neighbour living opposite told police she had taken food to the man and chatted with him last Monday, but on Thursday she went to his house again and there was no response to her knocking. She said she could hear water running inside the house and called her husband.They found their Singaporean neighbour decease inside the bathroom.
Police suspect he died of a yet-unspecified illness.
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Unsecured pickup falls off of ferry bound for Phuket
In another case of a truck ending up in the ocean, a pickup truck is getting an unscheduled washing after it rolled off a ferry leaving Phang Nga Island bound for Phuket on Wednesday afternoon. The truck, which was unsecured, quickly sank and remains on the seabed.
The owner of the inter-island ferry has agreed to compensate the owner of the truck.
Wiwat Chidcherdwong, the Phuket Marine Office chief, says the pickup truck owner did not apply the hand brake after parking it on the ferry at Koh Yao, and added that the boat crew forgot to secure it with deck blocks.
“Crew members tried unsuccessfully to salvage the floating truck after it fell into the sea, but it sank.”
A spokesman for the Marine Police reports that rough seas may have tipped the vehicle from the deck. The pickup is still on the sea floor with a buoy attached, warning boats to keep clear.
SOURCE: The Chiang Rai TimesKeep in contact with The Thaiger by following our Facebook page.
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