Falcons Athletes Shine in National & International Events

Over the past week, several of our NIST students have competed in both national and international tournaments in their respective sports, earning not only top placings, but also the chance to advance further to even more notable opportunities. As a school, we strongly believe in inspiring students to pursue their passions and excel as individuals and as a part of the greater community. We’re delighted that these students, as well as many others, have achieved so much while balancing their dedication with their studies.

On the international stage, Victor Salmon in Year 12 has developed a reputation as being one of the world’s best young wakeboarders. Having begun the sport at a very young age, he has steadily improved throughout his time at NIST, building experience at competitions in Thailand and abroad before turning pro in 2014. In the time since, he has earned top finishes in events across Germany, France, Denmark and the UK.

This past weekend he competed at the 2017 World Wakeboard Association (WWA) Wake Park World Championship, held at Camsur Watersports Complex in the Philippines. Many of the best wakeboarders in the world participated, including Oli Derome, Aaron Gunn, Guenther Oka and others well known in the sport, yet Victor topped his previous accomplishments with top five placings in traditional wakeboard, wakeskate and pro features. Even more impressively, he netted the gold medal in the winch, a relatively new addition to the sport that is becoming increasingly popular.

Meanwhile, three lady Falcons demonstrated just how strong their commitment is at the Thailand National Gymnastics Championship, held from 27 to 30 September at the Fashion Island Shopping Center. When it comes to the physical demands of gymnastics, there is no substitute for dedication, commitment, training and a desire to perform at the highest levels of the sport. NIST gymnasts exemplify all of these attributes and more.

Facing off against many of the country’s best gymnasts, 11 members of the NIST Falcons Gymnastics Team joined the competition: Hannelore Boone, Kadidja Djombana, Paris Ingpochai, Rei Isaka, Ayaka Kobayashi, Praan Kulnides, Maia Rankine-Griffith, Neine Reancharoensuk, Ninnin Reancharoensuk, Jasmine Tantiuvanont and Alyssa Thai. Their performances as a whole provided strong evidence of the excellent training they have received under NIST’s in-house staff of professional coaches, as well as the school’s new facilities dedicated to the sport.

While all of the Falcons gymnasts excelled at the competition, three in particular earned impressive accolades by the final day. Ninnin Reancharoensuk (Year 8) earned a first place finish on the beam event in the under-15 group, and Maia Rankine-Griffith (Year 10) placed second in the vault and seized a second gold for the Falcons in her floor routine in the under-15 group. The biggest moment came for Jasmine Tantiuvanont (Year 10) in the over-15 group, who achieved third place in both the bar and floor routine events. Given the strength of her performance, she had the honor of being selected as one of only eleven gymnasts to join the Road to Tokyo Training Camp, intended to prepare high-performing gymnasts for the upcoming Southeast Asia Games and Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

As a school, we cannot be more delighted with the results that our young athletes have achieved. Success in any sport requires patience, resolve and immense responsibility. To see our Falcons achieve excellence to this degree serves as an even stronger testament to their character and ability to persevere. Congratulations!

Falcon Soar at Weekend Sports Tournaments

Our love for the Falcons must have been a good luck charm over the Valentine’s Day weekend as our young athletes earned championships in multiple sports and multiple tournaments across Bangkok. From the ever-popular Falcon Friendship Tournaments hosted here at NIST to events at Amnuay Silpa School and International School Bangkok (ISB), the Falcon teams flew into the competitions whole-heartedly and again demonstrated their dedication, perseverance and commitment to fair play.

On our home turf the Falcon Friendship Softball and Badminton Tournaments drew 17 teams and many more supporters to join in a celebration of friendly sport. UWC Dover from Singapore joined in once again and our NIPTA parents did a fantastic job providing healthy sausages for all the supporters! A big thank you also goes to all the coaches who have guided the students to achieving wonderful results: U19 Girls Badminton Champions, U19 Boys Softball Champions, U19 Girls Softball Champions and second place for the U19 Boys Badminton. Full results of the matches can be viewed on the tournament site.

Meanwhile the Falcon swimmers dove into the 2016 ANS Titans Sprint Challenge hosted at Amnuay Silpa School. An action-packed, one-day competition, it highlighted the incredibly talented and well-rehearsed routines of our swimmers. Both the students and coaches worked tirelessly leading up to the event to ensure that they were prepared and ready to compete and it was obvious that their perseverance and preparations paid off, with the boys and girls earning the overall championship. Special thanks go to all of the parents who came out to support their children and the rest of the team, and to the coaching staff for their commitment to the team! Individual results are detailed on the Falcon sports blog.

Finally, the Falcon gymnasts marked another memorable weekend competing in the 2016 ISB Black and Gold Gymnastics Competition, hosted at ISB both Saturday and Sunday. This year’s tournament was the largest to date, and our students performed incredibly well despite the increased level of competition, and earned multiple team and individual championships. Again, a big thanks to the coaches for their dedicated guidance and our parent supporters who cheered and supported the Falcons! This enthusiasm and dedication makes our programme special. Visit the Falcon sports blog for full details of the tournament.

What a weekend! While the great results testify to the combination of hard work and dedication by the athletes, as well as the coaches, they also represent the strong community that serves as a foundation for our athletics programme. The Falcon athletes, like all NIST students, succeed because they are willing to learn from failure, respect their peers and play with integrity. And without the guidance our teachers, parents, and coaches—whose passionate involvement in the sports programme drives this success—these results would not be possible. Go Falcons!

BISAC Gymnastics & Tennis End Season on High Note

Closing one of our most successful years in sports, our young Falcon gymnasts and tennis players added to the impressive list of accomplishments. The NIST Sports Complex again hosted the annual BISAC gymnastics tournament, which drew not only a large pool of competitors, but also a very energetic home crowd. We have been fortunate to have incredible parent support for all sports teams this year, and with family and friends looking on, the Falcon gymnasts did not disappoint. By the end of the two-day competition, they added five team championships, six individual championships and even more top trophies to an already long list.

Photos of the event are available on our Zenfolio album.

NIST 2015 BISAC Under 11 Tennis Team

Equally motivated, our young tennis players took part in the BISAC Under 11 Tournament, one of the fastest growing sports in the league. Like their peers, they showed incredible perseverance while playing against top talent from many of the other major BISAC schools, including ISB, Bangkok Patana and Harrow. While every player showed improvement through the effort they’ve put into practices, the girls in particular had the chance to shine, sweeping the first group and nearly doing the same for the second.

Thank you once again to all of the Falcon athletes, coaches, parents and supporters for a wonderful year of sports. We’re proud of each and every one of you for your individual contributions, and the pride and grace you show in representing our community. Go Falcons!

Gymnastics Team Awards

Girls

  • Team Champions: Level 1 Junior, Level 2 Junior, Level 4, Level 5
  • 2nd Place: Level 1 Senior, Level 3

Boys

  • Team Champions: Level 5
  • 2nd Place: Level 0, Level 4
  • 3rd Place: Level 1 Junior, Level 3

Gymnastics Individual All-Around Awards

Girls

  • Level 1 Junior Girls: Alyssa Thai – All-Around Champion, Katie Talmadge – 3rd Place
  • Level 2 Junior Girls: Praan Kulnides – All-Around Champion, Paris Ingpochai – 2nd Place, Avigal Sayag – 3rd Place
  • Level 2 Senior Girls: Chanya Markels – All-Around Champion
  • Level 4 Girls: Kadidja Djombana – 2nd Place, Pannin Reanchareonsuk – 3rd Place
  • Level 5 Girls: Jasmine Tantituvanont – All-Around Champion, Meg Curotta – 2nd Place

Boys

  • Level 1 Junior Boys: Benjamin Godfrey – All-Around Champion
  • Level 3 Boys: Fuga Nomura – All-Around Champion
  • Level 5 Boys: Jon Ferry – 2nd Place

Tennis Awards

Girls

  • 1st Place: Superada
  • 2nd Place: Gemma
  • 3rd Place: Tinna

Girls – 2nd in Group

  • 1st Place: Nam Yen
  • 3rd Place: Prim

NIST Falcons Seize Record Number of SEASAC Championships

Though topping last year’s achievements in sports posed a challenge to the NIST Falcons, they rose to the challenge in last weekend’s SEASAC tournaments, held from 20-22 March. With events taking place in three countries—Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore—our young athletes faced top competition from around the Southeast Asian region. When the final minute ended on Sunday, the Falcons had swept the softball and badminton tournaments—a SEASAC first—and netted several top places in the gymnastics tournament hosted at the school.

 

The boys and girls softball teams did not have to travel far for their tournament, hosted at Bangkok Patana School, but they were well-prepared for a challenge. Both teams grabbed top honors, and with the win the girls set an incredible mark of seven consecutive SEASAC championships. Several Falcons were also named as SEASAC MVPs:
  • Girls MVPs: Natasha Dunda (Y11), Anchilee (Ann) Scott-Kemmis (Y11), Mei Lin Nall (Y11) and Yeewah Kitsomsub (Y12)
  • Boys MVPs: Addy Worley (Y12), Gem Asawachatroj  (Y12), Koki  Yoshikawa (Y12) and Ping Ping Kitsiriboon (Y11)

 

NIST 2015 SEASAC Girls Badminton Champions

 

Further afield, the boys badminton team headed to Kuala Lumpur while the girls team flew to Singapore for their respective tournaments. Despite the distance, the Falcons again showed solidarity by winning both championships. More importantly, the NIST team also received the SEASAC Sportsmanship Award, a testament to the grace they’ve shown both on and off the court. Top seeds in the tournament included Sasicha (Singles 1), Patanque (Singles 2), and Joy and Grace (Doubles 1).

 

NIST 2015 SEASAC Boys Badminton Champions

 

One of the most exciting events of the weekend—the 2015 SEASAC Gymnastics Tournament—took place on our home campus. This was the third time the event has been hosted at NIST, and our gymnasts were eager to show their skills to a supportive home crowd. Once again, the Falcons earned high honors in both team and individual placements.
View photos of the gymnastics tournament in our Zenfolio album.

 

NIST 2015 SEASAC Gymnastics Tournament

 

Team Awards
  • Level 5 Girls: 2nd Place
  • Level 4 Girls: 2nd Place
  • Level 2 Girls – Junior: 4th Place
  • Level 5 Boys – 2nd Place
  • Level 4 Boys – 3rd Place
  • Level 3 Boys – 4th Place
  • Level 2 Boys – Junior: 2nd Place
Individual Awards
  • Pannin Reanchareonsuk: Champion, Level 4 Girls
  • Chanya Markels: 3rd Place, Level 2 Senior Girls
  • Fuga Nomura: Champion, Level 3 Boys
  • Jon Ferry: 2nd Place, Level 5 Boys
Congratulations to all of our Falcon athletes not only for their incredible performances, but also for the positive way in which they represented our community. Thanks as well to all of our coaches and staff who worked hard to achieve these results, and to our incredibly supportive parent community.

 

Go Falcons!

BISAC & SEASAC Weekend Roundup

NIST-Softball-TeamThe NIST Falcons wrapped up a full weekend of BISAC sports around Bangkok on Saturday, showcasing the talents of over 320 NIST athletes. In addition to winning two BISAC volleyball championships, the wonderful team spirit of the Falcon sports teams brought out their best performances and plenty of praise from onlookers.

Meanwhile, the Falcon gymnasts had another memorable weekend weekend competing at the SEASAC gymnastics competition, held at Bangkok Patana School from 25–27 April 2014. The Falcons performed amazingly well throughout the competition, winning the level 2 junior and senior, level 4 girls SEASAC team championship and level 1 junior boys team championship, in addition to many outstanding individual results.

 

2014-SEASAC-Gymnastics-ChampionshipA big thank you to our excellent coaching team and all the parents who came out to support all of our talented students at NIST and the other hosting schools. And congratulations to all of the Falcon athletes for their hard work, determination and team spirit! Additional photos of the weekend events are available on our Facebook page.

SEASAC Gymnastics ResultsGirls Team Awards

Level 1 Junior: 2nd Place
Level 1 Senior: 3rd Place
Level 2 Junior: Champions
Level 2 Senior: Champions
Level 4: Champions

Girls Individual Awards

Level 1 – Avigail Sayag: 3rd Place
Level 2 – Emma Palu: 1st Place
Level 3 – Ayaka Kobayashi: 1st Place
Level 4 – Jasmine Tantituvanont: 1st Place
Maia Rankin – Griffith: 2nd Place

Boys Team Awards

Level 1 Junior: Champions
Level 2 Junior: 2nd Place
Level 3: 3rd Place
Level 4: 2nd Place

Boys Individual Awards

Level 1 – Fuga Nomura: 1st Place
Level 2 – Alex Branston: 1st Place
Level 4 – Boubakar Djombana: 3rd Place

BISAC ResultsBISAC U13 Boys Volleyball: Champions
BISAC U15 Boys Volleyball: Champions
BISAC U11 Boys Tee Ball (A): 2nd Place
BISAC U15 Girls Volleyball: 2nd Place
BISAC U13 Boys Softball: 3rd Place
BISAC U17 Girls Softball: 3rd Place
BISAC U11 Girls Tee Ball (A): 4th Place
BISAC U13 Girls Volleyball: 4th Place
BISAC U17 Boys Softball: 4th Place
BISAC U17 Boys Badminton: 4th Place