Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon, education office officials and city council members celebrated the opening of the games Aug. 24 at School No. 7. Officials, athletes and parents marched in a parade before the first event and students from Pattaya School No. 9 put on a stage performance.
Students completed in three age brackets and the afternoon’s competition saw a mix of wins, losses, tears, cheers and injuries. When the dust settled, School No. 7 took back trophies for the junior- and senior-high school brackets. Schools No. 8 and No. 9 split the grade school competition.
Teachers and athletes from Pattaya School No. 7 take a championship photo to celebrate the most wins during the Pattaya Schools Sports Day 2012.
“Sports is something that Pattaya has clear policies to support since sports reap benefits for youths acting as an immunity against drugs,” Wattana said. “It also teaches sportsmanship and confidence and helps stimulate youths to train themselves to expert levels to compete with others.”
Manas Khongwattana, principal of School No. 7, said he was proud of his student athletes, who had trained vigorously for the competition. “I am proud of their perseverance and determination and I want all the athletes to continue practicing to continue feeling proud like this sports day.”
Pattaya School No. 11 marching band performs in the opening parade.
Theerangkanul Naiyathet from Pattaya School No. 11 wins the 100 meter Under-14 male race with a time of 12. 49 seconds.