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!

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!