2014-2015 Falcon Sports in Review

Last year’s sports results marked a high point for the Falcon athletes, with over 50 championships and just as many top three trophies earned throughout the season. The 2014-2015 Falcon teams did not match that number.

They exceeded it.

Following the 28 weekend sports tournaments hosted here at NIST and many others across Thailand and Southeast Asia, the Falcons amassed 55 team and individual championships, and even more second and third place trophies. Their dominance in both BISAC and SEASAC events was so absolute that they earned the top overall SEASAC ranking in sports in which they participated.

However, as celebrated at the annual sports banquets, the weight of these accomplishments pales next to the tenacity, commitment and personal growth every athlete has demonstrated throughout the year. Over the past several years, NIST has worked hard to provide opportunities for all students to challenge themselves through sporting opportunities, whether in competitive sports or recreational programmes such as the Falcon Sports Development Programme.

The pride in being a Falcon is not only in a trophy. It’s in the dedication to teammates, the grace shown to opponents in both wins and losses, and the willingness to work through adversity. We are proud of all of our players for the courage it takes to simply challenge themselves. Thanks to them, and to all of our coaches, parents and supporters for another amazing year.

Go Falcons!

 

SEASAC Championships

U19 Girls Volleyball Girls Gymnastics – Overall Individual Level 4: Pannin Reanchareonsuk
U19 Boys Basketball Boys Gymnastics – Overall Individual Level 3: Fuga Nomura
U19 Girls Softball 12 & Under Girls Swimming Team
U19 Boys Softball Swimming Individual – 400m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke: Pattapan (B)
U19 Girls Badminton Swimming Individual – 50m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly, 200m Breastroke: Tharit Lee
U19 Boys Badminton (Division 2) Swimming Individual – 50m Backstroke, 100m Backstroke: Yuta Inoue


 

BISAC Championships

U19 Boys Volleyball Girls Gymnastics Level 1 Junior All-Around: Alyssa Thai
U19 Girls Volleyball Boys Gymnastics Level 1 Junior All-Around: Benjamin Godfrey
U15 Boys Volleyball Girls Gymnastics Level 2 Junior All-Around: Praan Kulnides
U17 Boys Volleyball Girls Gymnastics Level 2 Senior All-Around: Chanya Markels
U19 Boys Tennis Boys Gymnastics Level 3 All-Around: Fuga Nomura
U15 Girls Tennis Girls Gymnastics Level 5 All-Around: Jasmine Tantituvanont
U19 Boys Softball Overall School Team Swimming
U19 Girls Softball Junior Team Swimming
U13 Boys Softball 8 & Under Boys Swimming Team
U19 Girls Badminton 9 & Under Girls Swimming Team
U15 Girls Badminton 10 Years Boys Swimming Team
U13 Boys Basketball 10 Years Girls Swimming Team
U17 Boys Soccer 11 & 12 Boys Swimming Team
U13 Boys Soccer 11 & 12 Girls Swimming Team
Girls Gymnastics Level 1 Junior 8 & Under Boys Individual Swimming: Liam Watanabe France
Girls Gymnastics Level 2 Junior 11 – 12 Year Girls Individual Swimming: Aim (Ruthairatch) Poonsornsiri
Girls Gymnastics Level 4 10 Year Old Girls Individual Swimming: Nam-Yen (Prin) Sriprasertying
Girls Gymnastics Level 5 13 – 14 Year Boys Individual Swimming: Tharit Lee
Boys Gymnastics Level 5 13 – 14 Year Girls Individual Swimming: Masako Leegomonchai

 

Falcon Young Fencer Invitational Championships


Overall Team

U12 Girls: Natwadee (Miya) Limpi-Angkanan

U17 Girls: Ratchapa (Susie) Chongthaweephol

U17 Boys: Soravit (Ping Ping) Kitsiriboon

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

From NIST to the Halls of the UN

During the February holidays, many were at beaches, exotic countries or back home with their families. While others relaxed and sunbathed, 22 students from the NIST Model United Nations (MUN) team were working hard, preparing speeches and writing resolutions in anticipation of the three-day SEASAC Model United Nations conference from the 27th of February. Students from almost a dozen international schools around the region came together to debate real-life issues while taking upon the perspective of the countries they represented at the United World College of South East Asia East Campus.

We worked hand-in-hand to debate global issues, and created the best possible resolutions to address the most pressing, contentious topics in our world. Unlike some other Model United Nations events that I have attended, the 2015 SEASAC MUN  was an amazing conference, and students and teachers alike witnessed high-level, lively debate throughout.

Our delegation consisted of students from Years 10 through 12, with MUN experience ranging from just a few conferences to as many as nine. This conference was a unique and valuable experience for all of us. As one of the more experienced delegates, I learned to lead and drive the debate within my committee (the Security Council), as well as assist others.

Yana Charoenboonvivat, a second-year MUN participant who was a member of the challenging “International Court of Justice” committee, said, “Before participating, I was always afraid of voicing my opinions in public. My attitude towards public speaking changed once I attended SEASAC MUN. I was placed in a committee where I was obligated to speak and soon gained my confidence.”

A first-year MUN participant, Kohei Hayakawa said, “As a delegate with only two conferences under my belt, I was first intimidated by the atmosphere and the seriousness. But as the conference got underway, I realized that anyone who wanted to debate was welcome, and I was able to step up and go to the podium, where I was able to gradually learn how to debate effectively.”

Overall, not only was SEASAC Model United Nations a great learning experience for all, it was also lots of fun, and was a great way to spend the February break. Thanks to our amazing supervisors, Simon Scoones and Zoe Perry, we were one of the strongest delegations at the conference, and ultimately made this a truly successful trip.

– Kengo Shigeta

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.

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