Chonburi honors disabled athletes for 2012 triumphs

Friday, 18 January 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 3 By  Vittaya Yoondorn

The Chonburi Sports Association honored disabled athletes who brought pride and fame to the province during competitions throughout 2012.

Supaap Intharaksa, secretary of Chonburi Sports Association, joined Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and executives from the Father Ray Foundation and Redemptorist School for Persons with Disabilities Dec. 27 for the awards and cash prizes.

Supaap said the event was organized to thank the disabled athetes, coaches and sponsors for their efforts at the 30th National Sports Games in Khon Kaen, 14th Paralympic Games in London and World Wheelchair Marathon in Japan.

Ittipol Kunplome, Mayor of Pattaya City (center) presents awards to disabled athletes Watcharapol Wongsa, Sukhum Namlum and Sukachai Koizup.Ittipol Kunplome, Mayor of Pattaya City (center) presents awards to disabled athletes Watcharapol Wongsa, Sukhum Namlum and Sukachai Koizup.

At the Khon Kaen games last month, Chonburi athletes won 27 gold medals, 34 silver medals, and 11 bronze medals.  In London, Chonburi athletes nabbed a gold and silver and, in Japan, local disabled athletes won second place.

Itthiphol awarded Watcharapol Wongsa, part of a four-man team that won gold in mixed boccia, with 30,000 baht.  Sukachai Koizup and Sukhum Namlum, half the four-man wheelchair relay team, each received 20,000 baht for winning silver.

Students from the Redemptorist School put on a special Gangnam Style dance show for the athletes and officials.Students from the Redemptorist School put on a special Gangnam Style dance show for the athletes and officials.

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