Weekly News (Oct 9-14)

Hello all Panthers,

We have had a very busy week with 4 swim meets in 8 days, but our team has handled it well and produced some very impressive results. This past weekend at NIST, we only got a half-day of swimming in before Mother Nature decided to end things early. But the 65 swimmers we took to the meet did very well in the short time we had.

Over all, our team took 5th place and  7 swimmers found their way onto the podium for being in the top 3 high points for their age groups. So congratulations to Ada Tieanworn, Gene Sunthornrangsri, Art Chinsupakul, Pippin Kantakom, Ryan Kakimseit, Sophie Nguyen and Claire Hightower for being the tops in their age group.


Side note: Last weeks parent lesson was about deadlines. To illustrate my point about the importance of following deadlines I will share the following information with you. For the NIST meet this past week, we have 12 scratches after the deadline. This means the team paid 9,600 baht that was non-refundable and all the work the coaches did before hand to make relays and put in our entries was for nothing. It also extends the meet time because those are empty lanes and empty relays that could have been removed. Bottom line is it makes so much work for the meet organisers and effects the meet itself. So please look at your schedules closely before signing up for meets and then stick to the commitment if at all possible.


Important Notes:


Palooza speed causes more records to fall:

This time it was the younger Panther swimmers that took on the record books. Pippin Kantakom broke three 9/10 boys records (100 back and fly, 200 free) including the oldest record we had on the board (23 years). Yarinda Sunthornrangsri added to her total by breaking the 9/10 year old girls 200 free record.

Swim a thon: October 19th after school.

We are just under 2 weeks away from our annual fundraiser. Pledge sheets can be downloaded on our website under documents & info.

Let’s do our best to raise funds for second chance Bangkok and Habitat for Humanity. It is our goal to fund a build here in Bangkok in April again this year.

If this is not your swim day, you and your family/friends are still very welcome to swim on this day. It is a great day to swim a long ways and help others at the same time.

Prizes and snacks will be handed out after the swims.


LAST WEEK TO SIGN UP: Winter Swim Camp in Phuket (Dec 17-19) Deadline is Oct 15th:


We are currently at 38 swimmers for this camp. Including 8 Jr. Panthers, so let’s get signed up and make this a great holiday.

This is an all-age’s camp run by our coaching staff in the beautiful training facility at Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort.


Parent Lesson of the week:


Electronics During Swim Meets…Yes or No?

I guess that depends on what you mean by electronics??? For this lesson today, let’s just say anything that is not school learning. So all the games that have a bunch of our 9/10 year old boys leaning over one IPAD watching and not talking with anyone.

So I guess the answer is…a big fat NO!

Yes swim meets are long and yes there is a lot of time between races…but this is where the best parts of swim meets can happen. Meeting new friends from other teams, talking and playing interactive games with these friends are how we benefit from the meets socially!

So next time leave the IPAD at home and get the swimmers playing rock-paper-scissor with those new friends from Patana or Harrow or even their own team. I still keep in contact today with some of my swim friends I met years and years ago. But we didn’t have IPADs then, so maybe it was easier J



Swim Meet Deadlines:

Swim meets are a ton of fun and the point where our swimmers show off all of their hard work and training. But, they are also a lot of work for organizers. For this reason, our team follows the set out timelines and deadlines to the letter. It is the least we can do for the host team and we expect the same of our guests at Swimfest and Splash.

So here are the main deadlines you should be aware of.


Entry Deadlines: This is the last possible day that you can sign up for the event. When this deadline passes you are out of luck. I will not contact the host and ask for late entries. This makes way to much work for meet organizers. Our Team Unify web site has the swim meets on for sign up months in advance. So accept or decline early.


Scratch Deadlines: This is the last chance to cancel entries without paying the meet fees. If you scratch (cancel) after this point, you are personally responsible for paying the fees (between 600-1000 baht). 


Warm up times: We are giving a very small amount of time to warm up at a swim meet. The swimmers are given a very specific warm up that they prepare for during their practice times. If you are late, you will not be allowed to join the warm up half way through. At the point the other swimmers may be into sprints or drill sets and it will be difficult to join. Latecomers will do a dry-land warm up, which they also do everyday and know well.

So for the swim to start their day off right, it is best to be early.


Upcoming Events…sign up today on our website:


  1. Panther Swim Team “Swim-a-thon” (October 19th) Team fundraiser for 2nd Chance Bangkok (see website for information on our team charity).
  2. “Swimfest” Spirit Night (November 10th after school) Fun “tailgate party” to get the motivated for the weekend competition.
  3. ISB “Swimfest Meet” (November 11/12) This is the largest school meet held in Thailand with over 1000 swimmers.
  4. ISB Long Distance Time Trials (Dec 6th)

For advanced swimmers who can compete at the 200-800 m distances. If you are not sure about this meet, speak with your coach and they will tell you if your ready.

  1. ISB Panther Jr. Snowflake Meet: 10 and under swimmers (Dec 7th)

A friendship meet between ISB and St. Andrews Samakee.

  1. Bangkok Prep Bulldog Bash: BISAC Selection Meet (Dec 9th)

A championship sprint meet aimed at BISAC level swimmers. If you are interested in being selected for this meet, please sign up.  If you are unsure, ask your coach.

  1. 2nd Annual Thanyapura Panther Swim Team Camp (Phuket)

A 2 day swim camp for all ages. There will be plenty of different activities besides swim training. Lot’s of fun for the whole family at this sports resort.


  1. United World College Draon’s Den Meet (Singapore):

Our spring travel meet; this is a long course meet with qualifying times, but open to most of our swimmers. Must be able to swim 50m races.




That is all for now, see you on deck!


Coach Day,