Pattaya fetes golden women’s water polo team

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Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome congratulated the Thai women’s national water polo team for winning its first-ever gold medal at the Southeast Asia Games at a celebration party held in Naklua recently.

Itthiphol was joined by Thailand Swimming Association chief Vice Adm. Taveesak Manchawanan, team coach Rear Adm. Chuchat Thaiyam, and Italian-born coach Daniel Ferry at the Pla Thong restaurant on July 4.

Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome (standing rear-centre) poses with the Thai women’s national water polo team, winners of the gold medal at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome (standing rear-centre) poses with the Thai women’s national water polo team, winners of the gold medal at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.

Thailand was the dark horse going into the water polo competition at the 28th Games in Singapore and earned distinction for having the youngest goalkeeper, 14-year-old Satakamol Wongpairoj, in its ranks.  The Thai team beat the hosts 5-4 in an absorbing final held in front of a partisan crowd at the OCBC Aquatic Centre, Singapore on June 15.

The team members also recently won a “Best Team” award for their SEA Games exploits from Thailand’s national Khaosod Reporter Association.