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PAIS Sports Day 2017: Success for All

The 13th Annual PAIS Sports Day held on Friday, 10th of February 2017 was themed “Success for All!” It was designed to demonstrate and re-emphasize the school’s commitment to the well-being of students and teachers, and to strengthen parents and teachers relationship. It is a day when students are exposed outside the classroom to express their sports abilities. And this year, PAIS has showcase a variety of team sports, cheering, and house color competitions.

This day, Pan-Asia International School received distinguished guest, Colonel Noppasit Sitthipongsophon, Commander of the 1st Calvary Battalion of the Royal Guards (พ.อ.นพสิทธิ์ สิทธิพงศโสภณ ผบ.ม.1 รอ.) who reminded us that everyone can be at their full potential when given the chance to actively participate in an activity that they enjoy most. It is a day when students who are struggling with academic subjects show that they can race faster or jump farther than anyone else. Attending the Sports Day, the honorable guest speaker personally shared that he was reminded once again of just how Thai people, young and old, are very passionate about sports and what great competitors and team-mates they are. One of the consistencies he saw as a soldier in his travel around Thailand, is the love which Thais have for sports. It doesn’t matter the size of the village or how remote it is, one never have to look too hard to find someone kicking either a soccer or a takraw ball, or playing other sports.

Pan-Asia International School conveys what a great thing sports is on so many levels. Beyond the health and activity benefits, sports can teach us much about life. It teaches us how to get along with others, and to work together to achieve a common goal. Also, it let us know the value of trust and responsibility, and about dealing with success and failure.

In this year’s theme, PAIS emphasises playing sports to succeed, because sports helps students to cope up with pressure and the need to stick with training to promote improvement, an attitude that is also applied to be able to excel in academics. With the benefits to each individual, sports and physical activities also bring welfare to communities through improved health and education, rehabilitation, crime prevention, and gender equality.

Another important aspect of sports is its ability to make people feel that they are part of something. This sports day day is an excellent way to bring people together in a relaxed environment that will build lasting friendships, not only in the school, but across the community. Today is an opportunity to all participants to inculcate the spirit of sportsmanship, which is a celebration of courage, fairness, and respect. Just like John Wooden said more than a century ago, “It’s not so important who starts the game, but who finishes it.”

With full support from Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital who provided a stand-by ambulance and nurses, the 2017 PAIS Sports Day was held safe.

Also, Values Department Grade 8 has conducted a Fund-Raising for Charity through toys and drinks stall which proceeds will be donated to those who are in need.

In this year’s Sports Day, Blue Team wins the trophy over the defending champion, Red Team. All in all, it’s been a wonderful event for everyone who has participated. Congratulations everyone! Success for All!