Air Sea Land Games held to honour His Majesty the King

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As part of the celebrations to mark His Majesty the King’s 84th birthday this year, more than 20 different sports organizations in the region have got together to hold the Air Sea Land Games 2011 at a variety of different locations in the province.

To kick off the month long event, which finishes on May 29, a beach sepak takraw competition was held on Jomtien Beach on April 30 – May 1 with more than 30 teams from around the kingdom taking part.

College of Saint Teresa won the women’s takraw event.College of Saint Teresa won the women’s takraw event.

The tournament was divided into male and female categories, as well as a separate youth competition, with each team featuring a squad of five players and games being decided over the best of 5 sets.

On the last day of the competition, the men’s singles final drew together teams from Bangkok Thonburi University and RTN Chonburi, with the latter running out easy victors by a score of 3 sets to nil, 15:12, 15:11, and 15:11.

Bangkok Thonburi University take on RTN Chonburi in the men’s sepak takraw final.Bangkok Thonburi University take on RTN Chonburi in the men’s sepak takraw final.

The women’s final saw College of Saint Teresa take on IRPC Rayong and this proved to be a much more evenly contested match with College of Saint Teresa eventually taking the title with a 3-1 set win over their opponents with scores of 15:11, 12:15, 15:5, and 15:13.

Following on just a few days later, Jomtien Beach was also the venue for the first leg of the 2011 Windsurfing Championships of Thailand and the Pattaya Windsurfing Cup, which fell under the umbrella of this year’s Air Sea Land Games.

Women’s beach volleyball forms one of the sports at this year’s Air Sea Land Games.Women’s beach volleyball forms one of the sports at this year’s Air Sea Land Games.

The races took place from May 5-8 and as well as Thai sailors, the event, as in past years, also included representatives from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

The competition was divided into several categories with the winners being as follows (Thai unless stated otherwise):  Mistral One Design (Men’s): Nawin Singsat; (Women’s): Ms. Holiya (Indo); RS:X (Men’s): Ek Bunsawat; (Juniors): Nakaret Wantana; (Slalom A): Kamthon Prasertkarn; (Slalom B): Theerachai Wisuthikul; (Beginner Boys): Tanakorn Pumklang; (Beginner Girls): Pornruedee Sangpakdee.

Windsurfers unite for a fun photo after the conclusion of the 1st leg of the Windsurfing Championships of Thailand, May 8 at Jomtien Beach.Windsurfers unite for a fun photo after the conclusion of the 1st leg of the Windsurfing Championships of Thailand, May 8 at Jomtien Beach.

Pattaya Mayor and Windsurfing Association of Thailand President Itthipol Khunplome was on hand to present trophies to all the winners and runners-up.  The event was seen as a forerunner to the SEA Games which will take place later in the year in Indonesia.

Another leg of the Air Sea Land Games was held at Jomtien Beach last week when 8 teams lined up to take part in the Women’s Beach Volleyball Thailand Open 2011, which took place from May 9-11.

Pattaya Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh, 5th right, presents prizes to the winning volleyball teams, Wednesday, May 11.Pattaya Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh, 5th right, presents prizes to the winning volleyball teams, Wednesday, May 11.

The final set up a match between the Angthong Team and Buddhirangsi Pibun School 1 with the former prevailing by a score of 2 sets to nil, 21:14 and 21:18.  The winners received a prize of 7,000 baht while the beaten finalists picked up 5,000 baht.  Sripatum University took third place after overcoming Samut Sakhon College 1 in a playoff match.

Other sports forming part of this year’s Air Sea Land Games include Paragliding, Handball, Netball, Sailing, Beach football, Diving, Equestrian events, Rock Climbing, Kite flying, Rowing, Shooting, Jet skis, and Table Tennis among others.  The events will conclude at the end of this month.