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PHUKET: This week’s featured IronKid is 10-year-old Australian Ben McMillan. Ben entered his first triathlon when he was six years old and he is so passionate about the event that he asked for a running coach for his 10th birthday.

Phuket Gazette: Why do you compete in IronKids?

Ben McMillan: I really love the sport and I like nothing better than to be out training with my friends. Whenever friends come to my house, we always play mini triathlons in the yard or go on bike rides.

I am also extremely lucky because I train at Thanyapura and there are some amazing, supportive athletes who train there. These athletes make me try to be a better athlete.

What’s your training schedule like?

I train five to six days per week. Although this sounds like a lot, sometimes training is short and sharp and normally lasts between 45 minutes to one and a half hours; except Wednesdays when I swim for one hour and then head to the track to do sprint training with the adult triathletes.

My normal week comprises of three afternoon swim sessions; two days per week running (one day sprint work and one day long run); one bike ride per week, although I have increased this recently to two rides, and Saturday mornings I normally join my dad in a ‘dynamic fit’ session at the gym, which focuses on all around body work and uses techniques such as plyometric progression (common plyometric actions include throwing or swinging a golf club/bat), skipping and squat jumps.

Which is your favorite part of the IronKids race – swim, bike or run?

Definitely the run.

Why the run?

I have a real passion for running and it certainly comes easy for me.

One day I hope to become a champion runner and my goal is to make the Olympics.

I also love to watch running movies. I find them quite inspiring. My favorites are Without Limits, which is about the legendary American runner Steve Prefontaine, and Chariots of Fire.

Which is your hardest part of the IronKids race – swim, bike, run?

No real soft area, but maybe the bike.

Why do you find the bike harder?

Lack of training; although I am working on this much more and feel that it is certainly improving every week.

What do you hope to achieve at this year’s IronKids?
I would like to get a faster time than I did in the last IronKids event. I love to run and I want to make sure that when I cross the finish line I have used up all my energy.

What other sports do you play?

I am in the Silverfinz swim team, which is really good fun and we get to travel to competitions.

I would like to play more rugby but I don’t have much time – my teachers expect me to fit in some homework.

I also love doing athletics, especially hurdles, so I hope to have an opportunity to work more on this.

On the weekends, I love throwing a baseball in the backyard.

When did you start competing in sporting events?

I have always loved sports and I started playing football when I was five, I did my first triathlon when I was six.

My parents say that ever since I was a baby I could not keep still, so I have always been very active.

Why do you like them (sporting events)?

I love to compete, even if I don’t win I still love competing and pushing myself to achieve better times. I also love going to events and meeting new people.

Who are your favorite athletes?

I have two favorite athletes: Steve Prefontaine (legendary runner) and Jurgen Zack (legendary Ironman and great coach).

My favorite sporting teams are the Wallabies (Australian rugby team) and the San Francisco Giants (baseball team). I watched two Giants games this year, which were amazing.

What does being an IronKid mean to you?

Being an IronKid allows me to have new challenges in life and helps me to reach my long term goals.

I love how people in this sport are very focused. I know that if I train well and keep setting goals, I can achieve anything I want.

The 2012 IronKids Phuket Championship race will be held on December 1 at Thanyapura Sports and Leisure Club. This event is sponsored by The Nation, the Phuket Gazette, PGTV and the Phuket Today show on UBC/True Visions (Channel 99).

— Andrew Scott

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Now you see him, now you don’t… Patong Police hunt foreigner over $30k theft

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Patong Police have yet to develop any tangible leads tracking down a foreigner who made off with US$30,000 in cash from a currency exchange booth in Kalim, north of Patong in Phuket, last Tuesday.

The man is about 168 centimetres tall with grey hair and around 60 years old, Patong police told The Phuket News.

“We have no clue what nationality he is.”

He was last seen at the currency exchange booth wearing a purple polo shirt, blue jeans and black cap. Police have checked hotels in the area, police stations across the island and Phuket Immigration, but have yet to join the dots and come up with firm leads.

“Investigators have checked CCTV in the area and collected what evidence we have but we still do not know the man’s name or where he was staying.”

The man had visited the booth several times before Tuesday, when he disappeared with the $30,000 in US banknotes, according to police.

“It was always small amounts”, he added, noting that the amounts didn’t warrant staff at the exchange booth to check the man’s passport before making the exchange.

The man arrived at the booth again at about 1pm on Tuesday, saying that he had 900,000 baht cash to exchange.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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Mystery surrounds security guard found dead in his Phuket room

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The security guard of a hotel in Nai Yang, northern Phuket, 52 year old Yingyot Butsabong, from Maha Sarakham province, was found dead yesterday (October 16) in his room. Police remain mystified how the man came to grief.

A woman named Supattra received a call from the hotel he worked at and was informed that he didn’t show up at work yesterday, so she went to his apartment to check on him.

She saw that his room was locked from the inside, so used the key she had in her possession to open the room and found Yingyot laying on the floor, face down. She thought he was just sleeping so she tried to wake him up but once she flipped him, she found that he already passed away.

She immediately called Saku police, and once on the scene, police found that there was some blood on the floor. The man had a 2 centimetre wound on his left eyebrow which was deep into his skull. There was also a wound on his chin about 1 centimetre long and about a centimetre deep. His left eye had a bruise which looked like he was attacked by a hard object.

Police report that he had been dead for around four hours in the room.

The room was not ransacked and there was no sign of fighting or theft. His body has been sent to Thalang Hospital for a detailed autopsy and to look into the cause of death.

SOURCE: Phuket Hot News

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‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people

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On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.

The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.

One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.

‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people | News by The Thaiger

One of the works created by the Happening team; a painting of HM the King Rama 9 on a huge wall (Photo credit: Chawat Chumpasan)

There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.

This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.

This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.

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