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Ironkids set for December 1

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PHUKET: The third Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club (TSLC) IronKids Race will take place on December 1.

Last year’s event was a great success with over 220 participants ranging from 6 to 15-years-old competing in age-appropriate distances to become Ironkids.

The December 2012 event expects to see the number of participants grow to 300 children, with the age range extended to include 17-years-old.

The event takes place at Thanyapura Sports & Leisure Club (TSLC), the elite sports facility on Phuket.

The swim section of the race takes place in the 50-meter Olympic size swimming pool.

The bike course will be on a quiet, flat road, near the facility, which will be secured by Siam Guardian Services along with the Kusoldham Rescue Foundation, making it safe for participants.

The event will conclude with a run on a specially designed course set around the complex, with all athletes finishing on the club’s 500-meter running track.

Stations will be stocked with Gatorade and Singha Water to ensure athletes remain hydrated throughout the race.

All athletes crossing the finish line this year will receive an official TSLC IronKids Phuket t-shirt from Asics, with the top three from each age group receiving a trophy.

Swatch have kindly sponsored 36 Flik Flack and Swatch watches for all first place finishers – both in individual categories and also for the relay team participants.

With expertise and guidance from Image Asia, a junior press team from a selection of schools will be producing the 2nd edition of the “Iron Island” post race newsletter, which will be printed and circulated around the schools and online, with all content provided by children from participating schools.

The junior press team will be briefed at a special in-house experience day at the press offices of Image Asia, preparing them with ideas and tasks for race day.

The Phuket Gazette will run a competition following the Ironkids race, encouraging parents to send in their favorite photos of the day, from which Gazette editors will select the three best images that capture what it means to be an IronKid.

The official radio station supporting the event, 91.5FM (Phuket FM Radio), will be providing the event day playlist, which will be compiled with song requests from all the participating IronKids who can send in their requests during the month of November. Kids can request songs by text, email or on Facebook and hear them played on air.

Approximately 60 children from local Phuket schools will compete on the day, supported by local companies, who have sponsored teams of 10 children for race fees and the school training sessions for the local children at Thanyapura throughout November.

Many corporate sponsors, such as Lee Marine, Club Anantara and CBRE are regular supporters of this program and will be helping children from Anuban Phuket, Bangtao School and Thalang School compete in the event.

The Triathlon Academy at TSLC will design Triathlon training programs for the children to prepare them for the race.

A competitive field of accomplished young athletes will return to Phuket in December, with Zoe Bowden, two time TSLC IronKids Champion, confirmed to race in the senior female 12-13 age group. Zoe has competed in many events in Singapore and Malaysia and is excited to return to Phuket to defend the title of TSLC IronKids Phuket overall winner.

Chris Thomson, from British International School, Phuket, has won the Intermediate division several times, and will now be competing for the first time as a senior competitor, as he is now 12-years-old. His younger sister,Katie Thomson, 7, looks to be a strong competitor in the junior division.

Maxime and Chloe Schrijnemaekers from Phuket International Academy, racing in the intermediate age group, have been attending regular training sessions at TSLC with Triathlon Academy Director and Ironman legend, Jurgen Zack and professional triathlete Fredrik Croneborg, making them strong competitors in the female 11-years-age group.

Ironkids is proudly sponsored by the Phuket Gazette, PGTV and the nationally televised Phuket Today show on UBC/True Visions. Phuket Today, co-produced by PGTV and MCOT World, will be providing coverage of this event. The half-hour show runs six times a day, seven days a week, on channel 99.

Registration is now open online at ironkidsphuket.com. For more information contact:claire@ironkidsphuket.com.

 

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ICU beds for Covid-19 patients in Phuket are close to a “critical” low

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Covid-19 patients in severe condition may have to been transferred from a government hospital in Phuket to a private hospital as the number of available hospital beds at public intensive care units in Phuket is close to a “critical” low, according to Vachira Phuket Hospital Director Chalermpong Sukontapol.

There are 9 ICU rooms at the Vachira Phuket Hospital. 5 are being used for Covid-19 patients with severe symptoms while the other 4 rooms are for those with mild symptoms and are under observation before being moved to another bed.

“If the 9 rooms are full of severe symptom cases, that will be a big critical stage. We may need to transfer our patients to other provinces or private hospitals, which may involve additional costs.”

He says 50% of the Covid-19 patients in Phuket are asymptomatic while 30% have mild symptoms and 10% have severe symptoms. For most of those with severe symptoms, the virus has moved to their lungs and they are in need of special equipment, like ventilators, to help them breathe and Charlempong says those patients need to be under close observation.

SOURCE: Phuket News

 

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For travellers to Phuket, testing is out, quarantine is in

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The on-again-off-again plans for testing people for Covid-19 as they arrive in Phuket will be replaced by quarantine after May 15, according to Vice Governor Piyapong Choowong’s latest announcement. In an online video broadcast last night, the vice governor confirmed the new scheme after Phuket Governor Narong Woonciew first mentioned it in an executive meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall yesterday.

There are now 25 provinces on the Phuket red zone list that they instated on April 22, with anyone arriving from those places required to have proof that they are either fully vaccinated or tested negative for Covid-19 within the last 72 hours. Without proof, people have to take a rapid antigen test to confirm they did not have Covid-19 before they would be allowed on the island. The test was first set to be 300 baht for everyone, and later controversially made free for Thai people and 500 baht for foreigners.

There had been some back and forth with budget concerns of being able to provide the mass testing and who would pay how much for continued testing. Perhaps requiring people to quarantine in Phuket is cheaper than testing them when they arrive (cheaper for Phuket officials anyway).

The original scheme was set to expire May 15, and announcements were made about extending the plan and stopping testing right away. For now, this debate seems to have settled on replacing the testing with a mandatory quarantine upon entering Phuket.

The vice-governor explained that the rapid antigen test will continue through May 14, and then starting May 15, anyone who arrives without a vaccine or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of arriving in Phuket will be required to quarantine for 14 days. They set a goal of zero new infections by the end of the next two weeks. And he stated they are committed to doing whatever it takes as “Phuket cannot continue with this risk”.

Speaking to The Phuket News… β€œWe want to send a sign to the country that we are cleaning up our province. The 3 vice governors [in Phuket] have been ordered to take care of each district by cooperating with local administration officers as well as community leaders to do proactive screening,”

After announcing the quarantine plan for Phuket, the vice governor spoke confidently that in the near future the island will have enough jabs to vaccinate every person on the island. Religious leaders from any faith are currently being vaccinated because of their general proximity to people during religious ceremonies and practices.

Vice Governor Piyapong pled with people with the people of Phuket who were on the fence about Covid-19 vaccinations, anti-vaxxers, or those otherwise resisting getting the jabs needed to reach herd immunity.

“If you are still deciding whether or not to get vaccinated, please come to get vaccinated”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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