Phuket has a number of swimming clubs and the standards of the swimmers at these clubs are varied. However, there is one particular club we would like to introduce, the Torwai Nakorn Phuket Swimming Club, a club which we believe is of special interest as the club was founded by Khun Torwai Sethsothorn, who is also the clubs head coach.
Who is Torwai Sethsothorn?
Torwai is a retired Thai swimmer who specialized in long distance freestyle; however, he also competed in the backstroke and individual medley. He is a single time Olympic Games and a multiple time Asian Games and SEA Games gold medalist. At the 2001 Southeast Asian Games held in Kaula Lumpur, Malaysia, he won a total of three gold medals in the 400m individual medley, 400m freestyle and 1500m freestyle. Thus, Torwai is one of the best swimmers in the history of Thai swimming.
Following his retirement, Torwai served as a lecturer for the Thailand Swimming Association and also started working as a freelance swimming coach at various locations in Phuket including British International School, Headstart International School and Phuket International Academy. In addition, he also started to hold extra classes at weekends to meet the demands of a growing number of parents who wanted to improve their child’s swimming abilities. Shortly after, Coach Torwai had such a number of swimmers, some highly skilled, that he decided to open the Torwai Nakorn Phuket Swimming Club so that he could start to send some of the better swimmers to compete in local and national competitions.
Khun Torwai told us “Since being founded two years ago many of our young swimmers have climbed from being in the Top 100 swimmers in Thailand to the Top 10, they have also taken home a number of medals and trophies from local tournaments and given our club the opportunity to compete at a higher level, this is such a great life experience for young swimmers. I truly believe that I have the ability to help and motivate the children so they’re able to compete for our country’s national team. However, the most important thing is that they are trying and dare to dream, it’s not easy to be a top level athlete, and to be one requires patience and discipline. This is what I try to teach the youngsters, in a very straightforward way, because they’re at an age where they can search for themselves. I’ve been through that period in my life and I understand and know how to manage it and I hope my experiences I can pass on to the members of the club.”
He added that any youngsters who enjoy swimming, either for fun or at a competitive level, are welcome to join the club. “Swimming is a low impact activity that has many physical and mental health benefits.
“Swimming is a great form of exercise in which your whole body moves against the resistance of water. Some people who enjoy swimming want to take it to a competitive level; this can provide the health benefits of a vigorous workout as well as the fun and thrill of competition. The main strokes used in competitive swimming are breaststroke, freestyle, backstroke and butterfly.
The distances swum in competition swimming can vary from 25 meters in a pool to much further distances in open water. In addition, swimming is one of the most recognized calorie burners around. It is awesome for keeping weight issues under control. It is difficult to determine the number of calories you burn when swimming; this depends on your own physiology and the intensity you swim. However, our swimming lessons are appropriate for everyone!” Khun Torwai concluded.
Earlier this year, Torwai Nakorn Phuket Swimming Club opened its very own international standard swimming pool which they have called the “Phuket Aquatic Center”, this pool is located in the Boat Plaza area and is supported by several local businessmen who wish to see more choice of sports for the younger community. The pool is managed by a team of national coaches.
For more information on Torwai Nakorn Phuket Swimming Club please visit www.facebook.com/nakornphuket