Asia Tour: Pattaya and Rayong, Thailand

Andy with students at Regents International School

We arrived in Thailand after a very long overnight journey from Japan. Thankfully a lovely driver greeted us, which was organised by our first school, Regents Pattaya. He dropped us off at our hotel and we took the opportunity to relax as we knew it was going to be another busy few days!

The following day, Roslyn at Regents and her team extended their hospitality by taking us out to dinner, before we visited the school for the day. I spoke to Year 6s and 9s, as well as GCSE and A Level PE students about my career as an athlete. You can see Roslyn’s thoughts on my visit on my testimonials page.

We also had a tour of the school and were lucky enough to catch “open mic”-style piano recitals. The standard was incredible!

Empowering disabled people in Thailand

The Father Ray Foundation in Rayong, Thailand

We then went to see the Father Ray Foundation; an organisation which helps disabled people in southern Thailand live more independent lifestyles though work and physical activity. A fantastic American guy called Ryan (a former professional cyclist before a road accident left him paralysed) showed us around the grounds and it was fantastic to see so many people working regular jobs and keeping fit.

Disability in Asia is worthy of its own blog, but while attitudes towards disability are not quite as advanced as they are in the UK, there is a movement towards improving lives for those with impairments. I’ll visit this topic another time!

We faced another early start the following morning; to St Andrews International School Green Valley for a flying visit, where I spoke to Year 6s and Year 1s. We then hot-footed it to Garden International School in Rayong, where we ate a gorgeous lunch provided by Dinah, the school’s Principal, before speaking to the whole school!

FOBISIA Under 13s athletics

Not giving up!

.The following morning we were treated to athletics at the FOBISIA U13s games, which Garden International School was hosting. The children’s  determination and spirit of the event really impressed me; especially given the blazing mid-30s sunshine! It was fantastic to see the students wanting to win but, more importantly, not giving up.

Once the medals were presented, it was time for us to make our way to Bangkok, for some downtime. Or so we thought!…

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