Scoring on Her First Try – Special Olympics Thailand’s Rattanaporn Thamsiwaphat

十一月 08, 2011

The 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games capped a series of firsts for striker Rattanaporn Thamsiwaphat, on and off the football pitch.

230x300--rattanaporn-thamsiwaphat

Rattanaporn with her silver medal at the 2011 World Summer Games in Athens.

A Background in Track & Field

Eighteen-year-old Rattanaporn Thamsiwaphat was brought up by her paternal grandmother in the Chachoengsao Province in Thailand’s Eastern Region. She never met her mother, who left when Rattanaporn was a baby; her father passed away when she was growing up.

Rattanaporn was a Track and Field athlete with Special Olympics Thailand and only started to play football in the forward position 1½ years ago, after the program introduced football to female athletes and organized a Football Coach Clinic for female teachers.


300x200_SOT Final

Rattanaporn (far left) in action on the pitch

A New Sport

Female Football is still in its infancy in Thailand, even in mainstream sport. The Thai Female Football National Team does not even have a female coach because none of the female players are experienced enough to become coaches. In fact, Rattanaporn’s football coach at her special school, Mrs. Thunyathorn Thumrongkulpaibul, a Special Educator teaching in maths and languages, only learnt how to play football at Special Olympics Thailand’s coaching clinic.


An Emotional Reunion

When Rattanaporn was selected to represent Thailand in the 2011 Special Olympics World Summer Games, she needed a passport for her first overseas trip, and as a minor below 21 years old required parental authority to apply. Rattanaporn’s grandmother searched for details using her birth certificate and mailed a letter to her mother at the address stated in the 18 year old document, without giving much hope to the matter. Without the parental authorization, Rattanaporn could have missed the chance to compete in the Games. Fortunately, her mother was tracked down by relatives in time.

It was an emotional reunion for both mother and daughter. Rattanaporn cried, speechless and overwhelmed to see her mother after a long time. These days they maintain a phone relationship, as Rattanaporn chooses to stay and take care of her grandmother.

A Winning Finish

With her passport issues settled, Rattanaporn was able to focus fully on her sport at the World Games. As the Thai female football team was the only team from Asia Pacific to make their first international appearance, the athletes were very nervous playing against western teams like Greece, Italy and Ireland.  Rattanaporn was upset whenever she could not score. As the competition progressed, she became calmer and more relaxed with help from her coaches, improving her concentration when she played.

The team made it to the finals of the five-aside football competition. At the championship match between Thailand and Greece, the Thai team took home the Silver medal, final score 2:3, with Rattanaporn scoring one of the goals.

高举拳头

2011 年世界夏季运动会让 Mio Osato 魅力绽放。
更多 ››






Your Donation Matters

Special Olympics transforms athletes’ lives through the joy of sport. Help us make a difference.

DONATE TODAY»

Volunteer Near You

Volunteering with Special Olympics is fun and very rewarding, for both the athlete and the volunteer!

LEARN MORE»

Follow Us

帮助我们多援助一名运动员

捐赠 »

在我们的 220 个全球办事处查找当地的活动并了解相关志愿者机会。

查找您附近的地点 »

Videos and Photos

鼓舞人心的年轻人一项以青少年为中心的特奥会项目已在印度启动和运行。查看幻灯片 »


Videos and Photos

到达山顶乞力马扎罗山是新加坡特奥运动员的试验场。查看幻灯片 »


Videos and Photos

Deon Namiseb他是一位演说家,并且是偶像级人物。 但最初在纳米比亚的日子里,却并非如此。了解详情 »


Videos and Photos

非常特别音乐有助于特奥会在世界范围内发挥影响。查看幻灯片 »


Videos and Photos

世界各地特奥会活动和人们的精彩照片。查看幻灯片 »


Videos and Photos

变革中的合作伙伴特奥会合作伙伴对我们的工作至关重要。查看幻灯片 »


Videos and Photos

夏季体育运动在夏季,我们的运动员可以跑步、跳跃、游泳并获得相应得分。查看幻灯片 »


Videos and Photos

体育的力量体育是一种改变运动员生活的强大方式。查看幻灯片 »


Videos and Photos

不同Barry Cairns 说,患有智力障碍的人士如何能够成为运动员。观看视频 »


Special Olympics Blog

Health Needs Need Closer Examination

"You can't compete if your feet hurt, if your teeth hurt or if your ears ache."read more »

Posted on 2014-04-07 by Ryan

go to blog »


*

Special Olympics - Become a Fan