Eight Schools Join NIST’s Alumni Sports Tournament

In the close-knit international school community, filled with diverse cultures and backgrounds, students often make friends not only within their schools, but also with their peers at other institutions. As they move on to universities and careers, these bonds often strengthen and grow. The strong connection they share was evident on Sunday, 8 May as more than 150 alumni from eight schools joined together at NIST for the school’s second Inter-School Alumni Soccer Tournament, hosted by the NIST Alumni Association.

When the event was first held last year, the veteran NIST Falcons competed against their former rivals at International School Bangkok (ISB), Bangkok Patana School (BPS) and a few others. The friendly games were so well-received that word began to spread among the alumni community, and this past weekend the NIST alumni were joined by peers from ISB, BPS, Harrow International School, Ruamrudee International School (RIS), Ekamai International School, International Community School (ICS) and St. John’s International School. Also joining by invitation was a team from Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration.

Cheered on by even more of their friends and supporters, the alumni teams squared off in a series of matches. The NIST veterans pulled through with narrow wins against Harrow, ICS and RIS to reach the semi-finals. Facing the MBA graduates of Sasin, they stormed to a 3-1 victory before challenging ISB in the final game. With the day coming to an end, the NISTies earned a 2-0 win and their first alumni championship.

The NIST Alumni Association, now more than 1,500 strong, has expanded worldwide as the school’s alumni settle in the United States, Europe, Asia and here in Thailand. By maintaining close ties to one another, and to alumni of other international schools in Bangkok, they’ve helped build a rich legacy for NIST, one that has helped the school develop a reputation for excellence…whether on the soccer field or in the classroom.

Through the alumni tournaments, reunions and other events, the NIST Alumni Association has created the seeds for a truly international community, one that welcomes all nationalities, all backgrounds and all creeds.

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

Falcon Fencing Club Earns Overall Championship

Defending their trophy from last year’s inaugural Falcon Young Fencer Invitational, the NIST fencers once again seized the home advantage and finished the weekend tournament with top honors. From 2-3 May, NIST was visited by many of Thailand’s top young fencers for the tournament, which was attended by teams from around Thailand, as well as from Singapore. The 2015 invitational also marked the first to receive official recognition from the Thai Fencing Federation (TFF), which accredited the event.

With the theme “Code of Honor”, the event was well received by the 85 fencers who represented eight teams in total, as well as age groups not typically represented in national tournaments. Awards were given for both boys and girls at the U12, U14, U17 and U20 age groups, as well as a mixed U10 group. During the team competition, national coach Somkhit Phongyoo and Coach Willi Kothny implemented a mixed-team format, with one national team fencer, one Falcon fencer and one more from another club. This format not only allowed the competitors to share trophies and medals, but also their experiences in the sport.

Off the fencing strip, the Thai Fencing Federation praised the organizational effort, citing the Falcon Fencing Club as a model for other clubs. The Falcon Fencing Committee effectively transitioned a competitive sport that is largely undeveloped in Thailand into a well-managed, professional tournament, pulling in sponsorships and strengthening the Falcon Fencing Club in the process. With their many recent successes, the club has become another powerful example of our vibrant NIST community.

For more photos of the event, visit our Zenfolio album. In addition to the overall trophy earned by the Falcon fencers, congratulations to the individual medal winners:

 

U10 Mixed

Silver: Chirapon (Tor) Taepaisitphongse

Bronze: Nattaros (Mek) Saengchaiwutthikul

U12 Girls

Gold: Natwadee (Miya) Limpi-Angkanan

Bronze: Nattasiri (Mok) Viravaidya & Ranchida (Tem) Teapaisitphongse

NIST 2015 Falcon Young Fencer Invitational - U12 Girls

U12 Boys

Silver: Pheem Intarakumthonchai

Bronze: Patrick Voortman

NIST 2015 Falcon Young Fencer Invitational - U12 Boys

U17 Girls

Gold: Ratchapa (Susie) Chongthaweephol

U17 Boys

Gold: Soravit (Ping Ping) Kitsiriboon

U20 Girls

Bronze: Ratchapa (Susie) Chongthaweephol & Reya Lamsam

NIST 2015 Falcon Young Fencer Invitational - U20 Girls

U20 Boys

Bronze: Soravit (Ping Ping) Kitsiriboon

NIST 2015 Falcon Young Fencer Invitational - U20 Boys

 


 

About the NIST Falcon Fencing Club
The NIST Falcon Fencing Club is the first international school fencing club in Thailand. Having become a member of the Amateur Fencing Association of Thailand (AFAT) in July 2013, it now includes over 30 fencers, with over 30 more students enrolled in the sport as an extra-curricular activity and aiming to join the club. Having doubled over the course of the last year, the sport has grown rapidly, as has the team of highly qualified coaches.

Leading the young Falcons is Head Coach Wiradech (Willi) Kothny, a decorated fencing aficionado who holds the distinction of being the only fencing athlete to win medals for two countries: Germany and Thailand. Kothny joined NIST in June of 2013, aiming to empower the NIST Falcons to compete on the national and international levels. With a growing number of promising fencers at NIST and around the country, and the backing of an Olympian and TFF, Thailand may soon find more success on the international stage.

Falcons Close Year with BISAC & SEASAC Highs

In a year filled with highlights, NIST’s Falcon athletes ended the third and final season on a high note. From February to the end of April, 395 students represented NIST formally at SEASAC and BISAC competitions in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Bangkok. In addition to this high level of participation, the Falcons again aimed for excellence, not only in the results, but also in their improvement as players and individuals.

Though all of the Falcon teams performed well throughout the year, their efforts in SEASAC events were particularly notable. Based on the SEASAC sports in which NIST teams participated, the Falcons achieved the highest overall standing among all SEASAC schools. In several sports this include complete sweeps of the competition, and also continued several remarkable series of championships that stretch back several years.

NIST BISAC U13 Boys Softball Champions

Building on our reputation as a major player in the two leagues, our school also hosted eight tournaments during this period, ranging from the SEASAC gymnastics tournament, which included over 400 competitors, to local BISAC events. Despite the season officially wrapping up, two other major events have yet to be held in our Sports Complex: the 2015 Falcon Young Fencer Invitational and the 2015 BISAC Gymnastics Championships.

NIST BISAC U15 Boys Volleyball Champions

Congratulations to all of the students who have taken the opportunity to be involved in the sports programme, and thanks to our parent groups for consistently supporting the teams, and the coaching staff for their commitment and work with our students. The most impressive testament to the many accomplishments of the Falcons is not the number of trophies, but rather the persistence and resilience each and every athlete has shown. Through their dedication, they have matured as players, demonstrated grace and sportsmanship, and challenged themselves to grow.


2015 Season 3 SEASAC Team Results

Champions
Girls Badminton
Girls Softball
Boys Softball
Boys Badminton – Division 2
Girls 12 & Under Team Swimming

2nd Place
Girls Tennis
Boys Tennis
Girls Level 5 Team Gymnastics
Girls Level 4 Team Gymnastics
Boys Level 5 Team Gymnastics
Boys Level 2 Team Gymnastics
Boys 12 & Under Team Swimming
Boys 13 & 14 Team Swimming

3rd Place
Boys Combined Team Swimming
Boys Level 4 Team Gymnastics

4th Place
Girls Level 2 Junior Team Gymnastics
Boys Level 3 Team Gymnastics


2015 Season 3 BISAC Team Results

Champions
U19 Boys Softball
U19 Girls Softball
U19 Girls Badminton
U15 Boys Volleyball
U13 Boys Softball
U15 Girls Tennis
Overall School Team Swimming
Junior Team Swimming
Boys 8 & Under Team Swimming
Girls 9 & Under Team Swimming
Boys 10 Years Team Swimming
Girls 10 Years Team Swimming
Boys 11 & 12 Team Swimming
Girls 11 & 12 Team Swimming

2nd Place
U17 Boys Softball
U11 T-Ball
U15 Boys Tennis
Senior Team Swimming
Boys 9 & Under Team Swimming
Boys 13 & 14 Team Swimming
Girls 13 & 14 Team Swimming
Boys 15 & Over Team Swimming
Girls 15 & Over Team Swimming

3rd Place
U19 Boys Badminton
U17 Girls Softball
U11 Girls T-Ball

4th Place
U15 Girls Volleyball
U13 Boys Volleyball
U13 Girls Volleyball

Falcons Earn 13 Championships over BISAC Weekend

The Falcons had little time to rest following the previous weekend’s intense SEASAC schedule, and a large number of our young athletes once again set out to make their mark during Saturday and Sunday’s BISAC tournaments. While here at NIST our U19 boys and girls badminton players defended their home court, others headed to ISB for the U19 Boys Softball and U15 Boys Tennis Tournaments, to BPS for the U19 Girls Softball and U15 Girls Tennis Tournaments, to the Windsor Park Golf Club for the BISAC Golf Tournament, and to HIS for the Short Course Swimming Championships.

With so many events happening, preparation was critical, and both the players and coaches deserve a great deal of credit for the hard work they put into training for the tournaments. In virtually every respect our sports programmes have continued to improve through the refinement of coaching and the dedication of the Falcon athletes. Though they went into the weekend with confidence, our players didn’t meet our expectations.

They exceeded them.

NIST 2015 BISAC U19 Boys Softball Champions

NIST 2015 BISAC U19 Girls Softball Champions

Saturday kicked off the weekend with badminton, softball and swimming. Following up on their dominant SEASAC performances, in which they both earned top trophies, both the U19 boys and girls softball teams again walked off the field as champions. The boys finished the season 17-0, outscoring their opponents 303-68. Here at NIST the badminton players showed their home spirit as well, facing stiff competition. By the end of the day the U19 girls team also earned the championship trophy—the third of the day. Not to be outdone, the swimmers were on track for excellent standings and were well-positioned for the second day of the event.

NIST 2015 BISAC U19 Girls Badminton Champions

A sleepy Sunday morning saw our golfers on the grass at Windsor Park Golf Club, and they all put in a superb effort. The young team, led by coach Deryck Ashcroft, has grown tremendously over the past year and share a positive attitude toward the sport. The small team includes Pann Pongsanarakul, Sitamon Ratanavadi, Sasawat Santivisat, Dew Tangsawatdumrong, Tunn Junhasavasdikul, Joey Surapakdi, Pat Junhasavasdikul, Nathan Suteesopon and Jay Jay Phandthong. That same passion was on display in our tennis teams, as the boys and girls teams challenged their peers at ISB and BPS. Both groups put on a great performance, and the U15 girls netted the fourth championship of the weekend.

NIST 2015 BISAC Golf Tournament

NIST 2015 BISAC U15 Girls Champions

At HIS the Falcon swimmers rounded out the day with a spectacular set of results. Their continued improvement was very evident as they pulled in a significant number of trophies in both the individual and team categories:

Individuals

  • 8 & Under Boys Champion: Liam Watanabe France
  • 10 Year Old Girls Champion: Nam-Yen (Prin) Sriprasertying
  • 11 & 12 Year Old Girls Champion: Aim Poonsornsiri
  • 13 & 14 Year Old Boys Champion: Tharit Lee
  • 13 & 14 Year Old Girls Champion: Masako Leegomonchai

Team

  • Overall School Swimming Champions
  • Juniors: 1st Place – Champions
  • Seniors: 2nd Place
  • 8 & Under Boys: 1st Place – Champions
  • 8 & Under Girls: 3rd Place
  • 9 Year Old Boys: 2nd Place
  • 9 Year Old Girls: 1st Place – Champions
  • 10 Year Old Boys & Girls: 1st Place – Champions
  • 11 & 12 Year Old Boys & Girls: 1st Place – Champions
  • 13 & 14 Year Old Boys & Girls: 2nd Place
  • 15 & Over Boys & Girls: 2nd Place

NIST 2015 BISAC Junior Swimming Championship

One weekend, 13 championships! The Falcons continue to impress with their tenacity and team spirit, and we’re proud of the praise they’ve received on and off the court. A special thanks must again go the coaches for their work in continuing to develop our athletes, as well as the parent groups which have been so generous in their support of the sports programmes. With the last tournaments still to come, we look forward to ending the year with even more great results.

Go Falcons!

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!

Falcon Fencer Wins Silver at 2015 IPE Fencing Competition

NIST student Soravit (Ping Ping) Kitsiriboon, already recognized as one of Thailand’s elite young fencers, turned in another great performance at the 2015 IPE Fencing Competition, held at the Institute of Physical Education in Chonburi on Sunday, 15 February. An all-around athlete, Soravit began the weekend with victories in the softball tournament held against other Bangkok international schools. Fired up by his team’s excellent performance, he entered Sunday’s open fencing competition with a competitive mindset.

Through the day Soravit showcased his potential as a world-class sabre fencer, and won his first silver medal at a competition in the highest age class for fencing in Thailand. The competition began with victories during the group stage, where he faced five other fencers in the pool and overwhelmed each opponent, winning every match without being struck even once. Moving on from the group stage, Soravit was ranked first for the elimination round and thus secured an easy bracket. His final fight was a tight match with Voragun Srinualnad, from the Air Force Fencing Club, and at the half he was behind by a narrow margin, 6-8. Despite a strong effort by Soravit, Voragun secured the match 15-8.

NIST 2015 IPE Fencing Tournament - Soravit Receiving the Silver Medal

Other Falcons fencers competed at the tournament as well, including Arjun Srikureja, who made the group stage as well and earned his first ranking points for the open class level, and fourteen-year-old Kritanut Lerthirunvibul, who showed a great fighting heart despite not passing the group stage. Even our staff members were in on the action, with Falcon Fencing Club Administrator Wijitta Takhamwong winning a bronze medal in women’s épée.

Congratulations to the Soravit and the Falcon Fencing Club for another strong performance, and we look forward to more action later this year!

Falcons Dominate BISAC & SEASAC in Season 1 Sports

Congratulations to our Falcon athletes who competed for NIST in tournaments from 31 October to 2 November. With the first season of sports wrapping up, our Falcons are SEASAC and BISAC champions in basketball, rugby, soccer and volleyball! Their performance and conduct, both on and off the courts and fields, was fantastic, and the school is proud of their contributions throughout the season as they acted as ambassadors for the greater NIST community.

In the most recent weekend tournaments, 18 NIST teams were split across two countries, with 18 teams, 250 athletes, 33 coaches and a virtual army of supportive parents taking part. While the final results were excellent, the more important return came in the form of the commendations our students received for their conduct. Our differing sports share one commonality: they are frameworks that not only promote physical health, but also develop skills in leadership and teamwork. In doing so they align to NIST’s vision of learning and allow our athletes to apply the lessons on the court and field to their lives. 

We look forward to seeing many of our athletes playing again throughout the year in the other sporting opportunities.