Connect with us


Profile: Thai national Ironman Tassawan Sirivongs raring to go

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: Bangkok native Tassawan Sirivongs is a Thai national Ironman, a Master’s degree holder from France, and the Executive Director at Ramkhamhaeng Hospital, Bangkok. She has competed in at least a hundred triathlon competitions worldwide, including events in New York, Japan, Australia and Sweden.

Ms Tassawan is competing in the Laguna Phuket Triathlon to be held in Phuket on November 27. This year, she placed first at the Korean triathlon, and last year she came in second at the Japanese triathlon. She has also competed in the world triathlon championships in Australia and Austria over the last two years.

“Joining the world championships is not easy. You have to put everything you have into it. You also have to place first or second in a triathlon race that is on the approved list of countries. Only then are you given a chance to join the world championships. I am very proud that I have had the opportunity to join the world championships for two years running,” says Ms Tassawan.

Unlike many other athletes, she has not been training since childhood.

“I have just been a part of these competitions for the past seven years. The first triathlon I attended was as a spectator, cheering on my friends. However, when I saw the others participating, I felt compelled to challenge myself to try it. That’s when I started training and preparing for it,” Ms Tassawan says.

Swimming being something that came naturally to her, she started practicing the other two challenges – cycling and running.

“When I started out, I was not an athlete in the true sense. At first, I thought that I’d join in one race and be done with it. However, after completing the first competition, there was no looking back,” Ms Tassawan says.

“I felt addicted and kept trying to improve my skills with each competition I participated in. It gave me another purpose and goal to accomplish in life. My dream is to be an Ironman in six continents, and I am already halfway there.”

Her ultimate goal is to participate in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, much like other triathletes all over the world.

Ms Tassawan says that the three most important factors responsible for her success are self-discipline, time management and patience.

“Discipline is something you have to acquire, it doesn’t come on it’s own. You have to overcome your laziness and stay active and focused. I feel that I have become disciplined and patient in all aspects of my life – both work and personal life – not just when I am practicing or competing,” she says.

Another aspect of the competition that Ms Tassawan appreciates is connecting with people and meeting other like-minded athletes.

“I have learned and gained a lot from this experience. Before I used to get sick all the time, catching colds quite frequently. Now, I am much healthier and stronger than I used to be,” she added.

Ms Tassawan’s advice to aspiring athletes is to make safety a priority.

“Challenging yourself is great, but you also need to know your body’s physical limitations. If you don’t feel you are ready, do not force yourself to participate. It’s not just about winning and losing – your safety should always be your own priority,” says Ms Tassawan.

— Kongleaphy Keam


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 hour ago

Saturday Covid Update: 122 Deaths 14,109 new infections

Thailand17 hours ago

Oct 1 reopening NOT confirmed, Kpop star sparks frenzy for Thai meatballs |Thailand News Today

Hua Hin19 hours ago

Final arguments Tuesday on dual pricing suit against Health Ministry

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

World20 hours ago

Texas lawyer dressed as Halloween’s Michael Myers to spread hurricane cheer

Thailand20 hours ago

The Last Dance feat. Mike | Thaiger Bites | September 17

Thailand20 hours ago

No “October reopening” plan has been approved – CCSA

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand20 hours ago

Public Health Ministry defends October 1 reopening

Coronavirus (Covid-19)20 hours ago

Friday Covid Update: 14,555 new cases; provincial totals

Crime21 hours ago

Torture and forced disappearances bills pass House vote 368-0

Bangkok21 hours ago

Bangkok Governor: NO reopening October 15 despite PM plans

Pattaya22 hours ago

Thai-Russian 4 year old girl drowns in Pattaya home pool

Phuket23 hours ago

New centre proposed to provide ATKs cheap at Phuket entrance

Thailand23 hours ago

Morning Top Stories | Covid Free setting, Pattaya bars might not open | September 17 |

Thailand23 hours ago

Thailand Daily Covid Update | Thursday, September 17 |

World23 hours ago

Foreign Minister Don to US for meetings with UN, ASEAN, more

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14 | Thaiger
Thailand4 days ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11