Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
20 Dec 14
Jim Gale, RSHYR media
|Date of Birth||27 July 1994|
|Place of Birth||Chonburi, Thailand|
It's all about firsts for Thailand's Siripon Kaewduang-Ngam and her achievements over the past year have placed her in the history books forever. Ngam started windsurfing when she was 13 and by the time she was 16 she was making her mark on the international stage. Ngam won the Asian Championships in January 2010 to claim her place at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Singapore sailing the Techno 293.
She may have been one of the favourites going into YOG but her sheer domination of the girl's windsurfing event has earned her another spot in the history books as the first sailor from Thailand to ever be nominated for this award.
Eleven races were sailed in Singapore and the winner of an incredible seven of these was Ngam. She was unstoppable and didn't finish any race outside the top ten. The gold medal was secured before the final day of competition so she can also claim to have won the first ever Youth Olympic Games sailing medal.
This star of the future demonstrated a cool head by sailing a conservative final race, reminding herself to "just think about crossing the finish line".
1 - Asian Championship, Pattaya, Thailand - Jan 2010
1 - Youth Olympic Games, Singapore - Aug 2010 (won 7 of 11 races)
Siling uses both physical and mental skill, that is so challenging me to discover and sailing is also a favourite outdoor sport for the King of Thailand. And he is also my inspiration, I try to be as good a sailor as I can be, I wish to offer him for this achievement.
Pattaya Windsurfing Club
2010 Youth Olympic Games gold medal
Thailand's Olympic sailing team
Mr Pattana Boonsawad (Mr Yai!) - the person who dedicated himself for Thailand Windsurfing
Mr Prapat Sang-Ngern (Mr Geng) - the first coach and also teacher who is always teaching both windsurf tactics and a good way of life
Mr Prapat Sang-Ngern - formal youth windsurfer of Thailand
Mr Ek Boonsawad - national windsurfer