Posted 11th June 2013, by admin, and filed under Event Update, Hot Deals, Hotel & Accommodation in Phuket, News Update, Phuket E-Magazine
Free Soccer School, SNAG® Golf and Zumba Classes Head Array of Exciting Activities
A treasure trove of free activities for youngsters and parents is on offer at this year’s Laguna Phuket Summer Family Festival – including a top-class soccer school, fun kids’ golf lessons and dynamic Zumba fitness classes.
The resort’s Latitude marquee will be transformed into a carnival big top with zoned areas where activities will be staged during days and evenings of the Festival, which launches on Saturday 29 June with a fun “Skool’s Out” party and runs during July and August for Phuket residents, visitors and tourists alike.
Free soccer skills classes are available for both boys and girls aged four to 16 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 10.00am by Phuket Soccer Schools, (PSS) led by head coach Martin Hill, a professionally qualified coach with advanced qualifications from both the English Football Association (FA) and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
PSS also offers its individual one-on-one programme after each class at just THB 1,000 for 30 minutes and THB 1,500 for an hour -guaranteeing improvements in players’ techniques and understanding of the world’s most favourite game.
Meanwhile, youngsters with a yen for golf can get hooked on the game with free SNAG® (Starting New At Golf) lessons at Latitude from 10.00am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.
This exciting new golf teaching system – offered at Laguna Phuket for the first time in Thailand – is a fun and unique way to learn the details of the game for kids aged from four upwards, as well as adults.
SNAG® will be staged at Latitude by Laguna Phuket Golf Club’s AndyCombeGolfSchool. Youngsters and parents encouraged by the system can then take
three-hour conventional golf lessons at the Club with PGA professional Andy on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons, at a special Summer Family Festival rate of just THB 2,000 per person.
And once again there’s fun-filled fitness sessions to a Brazilian beat in store on Monday and Wednesday evenings at Latitude with free Zumba classes for all ages led by popular Phuket Zumba, starting at 5.30pm.
Another popular return attraction at this year’s Festival will be the Kidz Fun Zone with Quest – Laguna Phuket’s corporate training and adventure facility – serving up afternoons of sports skills, cooking lessons, adventure and educational activities on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, for only THB 200 per child.
On the weekends of 5-6 July and 2-3 August, Kidz Fun Zone features overnight “CampQuests” for youngsters aged eight-15, with adventures including survival training, Quest’s famous outdoor activities and nighttime campfire parties, all for just THB 2,500 per child.
And popular Australian art educator Christopher Hogan returns as the Festival’s
Artist-in-Residence throughout August with his stimulating art classes for children and parents alike.
Other Summer Family Festival attractions at Latitude include a bouncy castle, bungee trampoline, visits from a baby elephant, movie nights and a variety of fun and games, while parents can relax with Happy Hour drinks, food, music and entertainment.
Summer Family Festival hotel benefits extend across Laguna Phuket’s deluxe properties right through until 31October, when kids can stay and dine for free at hotels,*play golf for free at Laguna Phuket Golf Club with a full-paying adult and enjoy free tours on selected Laguna Tours excursions.
For more information, schedule of events and details on promotions, please visit http://www.lagunaphuket.com/events/family-festival.
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Australian Chris “Macca” McCormack, the two-time Ironman World Champion acclaimed as one of the most successful athletes in triathlon history, has signed up to compete in the Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT) on 25th November and Ironman 70.3 Laguna Phuket a week later on 2nd December – in a move that significantly boosts Laguna Phuket’s global triathlon status.
Macca – an outspoken as well as hugely successful figure in the sport – has won
200 races around the world since 1993 with 12 Ironman victories, more than any other male competitor, and he is the only triathlete ever to be Olympic Course and Ironman World Champion.
He’s broken eight hours in the full Ironman distance four times and is the only man to break it more than twice.
A five-time International Triathlete of the Year title holder, 39 year-old Macca has won 76 per cent of his career events, finishing on the podium 88 per cent of the time.
And in addition to his career victories he was also voted the “World’s Fittest Man” by sports broadcaster ESPN.
His appearance at LPT and Ironman 70.3 Laguna Phuket will be his debut on the island.
“Macca is the one “legend” who has yet to race in LPT – dubbed the “Race of Legends” – so we’re absolutely thrilled that he’ll be here for the first time to compete in both our events,” said Debbie Dionysius, Assistant Vice President of Destination Marketing, Laguna Phuket.
“To welcome such a legend of the sport is a true honour and his presence will be a massive boost for us.”
Chris McCormack said: : “I’ve heard so much about Laguna Phuket over the years but have never managed to make it there – I’m really looking forward to finally get there and race in this iconic triathlon location.”
In LPT, Macca will be up against a top field, led by defending three-time Champion Massimo Cigana ofItalyand including American Ironman Chris Lieto.
Lieto will also be a threat in the 70.3, but a potential head-to-head for Macca with fellow Australian Ironman legend Craig Alexander has been averted with Alexander’s withdrawal due to injuries sustained in a bike crash at the recent Noosa Triathlon.
Separately, Laguna Phuket has confirmed it will continue to host a half iron distance triathlon in 2013 – following World Triathlon Corporation’s announcement that Ironman 70.3 Laguna Phuket will be discontinued after this year’s race – with details to be announced soon.
Leanda Cave of Great Britain, the newly-crowned 2012 Ironman and Ironman 70.3 triathlon double World Champion – only the second-ever triathlete to achieve this feat in the same year – will head a stellar line-up of elite talent at the Ironman 70.3 Laguna Phuket on 2 December.
Cave achieved her feat at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship inLas Vegason 9 September, followed by the full Ironman World Championship on 13 October inKona,Hawaii.
She is the first woman and only the second triathlete to win both World Championship titles in the same year, after Craig Alexander ofAustraliatook the two titles in the men’s field of 2011.
Cave’s appearance at Laguna Phuket will be just her third race after her Kona triumph; she is due to compete in the Miami Ironman 70.3 on 28 October and IronmanArizonaon 18 November.
Debbie Dionysius, Assistant Vice President of Destination Marketing, Laguna Phuket, said: “We look forward to welcoming this superb double World Champion to our event.
“She signed up for our Ironman 70.3 just hours after becoming 70.3 World Champion inLas Vegasand told us how excited she was about coming to Laguna Phuket again.
“We were absolutely thrilled when she won the full Ironman World Championship in Kona – it’s a fantastic coup for us to attract the first-ever current women’s double World Champion.”
Cave’s appearance at Laguna Phuket sets up a fascinating encounter with 2011 Ironman 70.3 World Champion and defending Ironman 70.3 Laguna Phuket Champion Melissa Hauschildt ofAustralia, who came fourth behind Cave inLas Vegasand will be eager not to lose another title to her.
Ironman 70.3 Laguna Phuket, the third edition of this triathlon, is preceded on 25th November by the 19th edition of the Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT), the legendary triathlon which Cave raced in 2006 when she finished second behind Samantha McGlone ofCanada.
Both LPT and Ironman 70.3 Laguna Phuket attract a field of one thousand athletes from around the world and are linked by a Tri-Fest of training and social activities at Laguna Phuket during the week between the two Sunday races.
With some athletes opting to take on the challenge of competing in both events, there are a number of intriguing duels in store, one of the most prominent between Laguna veteranBelinda Grangerof Australia and Czech Olympian Radka Vodickova who are both vying to become LPT’s first-ever women’s triple Champion as well as lining up against each other again a week later in the 70.3.
Italian Massimo Cigana, LPT’s first-ever triple Champion in the men’s field last year, returns to defend his title in a bid to be a four-time Champion.
He will face stiff opposition from elite pros such as American Chris Lieto – an Ironman champion renowned as the fastest cyclist in triathlon – who is keen to make up for his Phuket debut last year when he was forced to retire from the 70.3 after crashing on the bike course.
Lieto is also in Phuket to support Laguna’s community fund-raising with his More Than Sport charity, which will see international athletes join the effort to raise
THB 2 million for the resort’s new “Fully Booked!” mobile learning centre and library project for rural schools.
The annual triathlon carnival at Laguna Phuket also involves the local community, with hundreds of local volunteers involved, schoolchildren lining the course routes to cheer on the athletes, and support from local government and police.
Both events provide a tourism showcase for Phuket andThailand, generating worldwide publicity and comment.
Posted 20th September 2012, by admin, and filed under Hotel & Accommodation in Phuket, News Update, Phuket E-Magazine
Welsh Superstar Cave’s entry sets up Thrilling Title Duel
In a major coup for Ironman 70.3 Laguna Phuket, recently-crowned 2012 Ironman 70.3 World Champion Leanda Cave has joined the ranks of top professional athletes set to appear at this year’s event.
Cave signed up for Laguna Phuket less than 24 hours after completing her epic World Championship victory in Las Vegas on 9 October – and before resuming training for her next title bid at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii on 13 October.
Her Laguna confirmation has set up a thrilling duel with 2011 Ironman 70.3 World Champion and defending Laguna Phuket 70.3 Champion Melissa Hauschildt ofAustralia- beaten into fourth place inLas Vegasby Cave – who will be eager not to lose another title to the Welsh superstar.
“To have the brand new Ironman 70.3 World Champion immediately accept our invitation to race at Laguna Phuket is a testament to the drawing power and popularity which characterises our race on the pro circuit,” said Debbie Dionysius, Assistant Vice President of Destination Marketing, Laguna Phuket.
“Attracting such top talent is an indication of the international stature we’ve achieved and we’re looking forward to a fantastic display of world-class competition.”
The Laguna Phuket 2012 competitive mix is also fuelled by Czech Olympian Radka Vodickova and Australian veteranBelinda Granger– both vying to become the first women’s Triple Champion of Laguna Phuket Triathlon (LPT), a week earlier on 25 November – and also with points to prove in the 70.3.
Cave, an ITU World Long Distance Champion, is hitting peak form in the run-up to Kona and Laguna, despite an indifferent start to the year that followed a spectacular end to her 2011 season when she recorded a third-place finish at the Ironman World Championship, a win at Ironman 70.3 Miami, runner-up finish at the ITU World Long Distance Championship in Las Vegas and her first Ironman title in Arizona.
Born in theUK, Cave emigrated as a child toAustralia, before moving back to theUK with her Welsh mother. She now lives and trains inTucson,Arizona and races for bothWales andGreat Britain.
Cave is no stranger to Phuket, having raced LPT in 2006 when she was second-placed behind Canadian Samantha McGlone, who then went on to become 2007 Ironman 70.3 World Champion.
Hauschildt, currently battling back from an injury-hit season, made a determined defence of her World 70.3 title in Las Vegas, but her fourth place was more than seven minutes behind Cave’s winning time of 4:28:05.
At Laguna Phuket she’ll be aiming to hold off the challenges of Cave, Rodickova, Granger and a field of other top pros to hold onto her 2011title, which she won with a course record of 4:17:01.
In the men’s field, American Ironman Chris Lieto, with three top 10 finishes in the Ironman World Championships, will race both LPT and the 70.3, while confirmations are awaited from more big names, such as two-time 70.3 World Champion and 2011 Laguna 70.3 Champion Michael Raelert of Germany, and Australian legend Craig Alexander, 2011 Ironman World Champion and Ironman 70.3 World Champion.