- Once upon a time, Burma was known as a “power house” of athletics in SEAP games.
- Burma placed first in the 2nd SEAP Games held in December 1961 at Rangoon, Burma.
- Burma also dominated in the 1969 SEAP Games.
- Some competed in the Asian Games and in the Olympics.
Male Track and Field stars
- Myee Tone Naw (Marathon)
- Shim bwe gam (Middle and Long distance)
- Soe Aung (Sprint and relay)
- Kyaw Mra and Kyaw Khin (Hurdles)
- Soe Mra and Maung Maung Mra (Pole vault)
- Jimmy Crampton (800m, 1500m)
Female Track and Field stars
- Gracie Carr (100m and long jump)
- Jennifer Tin Lay (Javelin and shot put)
- Weik Pan (Marathon)
In the early days, there were T&F competitions as part of the Annual Sports (e.g. in SPHS), Inter-school Tournaments and Inter-Institute Tournaments. Some (e.g. Jimmy Crampton) went on to shine as Burma Selected. A few (e.g. Kyaw Mra, Kyaw Khin) later chose to become National Coach.
It is sad to learn that many students would not (or could not) give some time to train and excel in sports in addition to being good in their studies.
Excellence in Sports and Studies
In the early days, there were several people who were excellent in their studies and in their hobby sports.
For example, Dr. Harry Saing (Htut Saing, Pediatric Surgeon, GBNF) served as Captain of RUBC. He won with U Tin Htoon (A60) the Venables Bowl for Coxless Pairs in 1958 ARAE (Amateur Rowing Association of the East) Regatta in Calcutta. He won with U Victor Htun Shein, U Sunny Teng, U Tin Htoon (A60) and U Sein Htoon (M63) the Willingdon Trophy for Coxed Fours in the 1960 ARAE Regatta in Colombo. He was Burma Selected in Hockey and Cricket, and represented the Faculty of Medicine in T&F and soccer. He assisted Dr. Pe Nyun (Dick San Pe, Pediatric Surgeon, Past Captain and Gold of RUBC) for the first ever operation in Burma to separate conjoined twins (Ma Nan Soe and Ma Nan San). He later taught at the University of Hong Kong, and also served as Patron for the Hong Kong Rowing Club. Per his wishes, his ashes were scattered in the waters near the Hong Kong Rowing Club.
Even in our days, there were several people who were good in sports and studies. Htay Aung (M69), Sai Kham Pan (EP69), Wunna Sithu (EC71), and Victor Aung Myin (M72) are some examples.
Aung Gyi Shwe and Khin Than Myint Tin are some Track and Field selected from the Class of 69.
Class of 70
The Class of 70 was represented in RIT and/or Inter-Institute by the following :
source : Ohn Khine (M70) and Zaw Min Nawaday (EP70)
- Sai Thein Maung (100m, Triple Jump, RIT Goalkeeper, organizer of Intake of 64 & 65)
- Shein Kee Gae GBNF Track & Field (Long Distance runner)
- Saw Mg Mg Htwe Track & Field (still running long distance races)
- Oo Myint (Mn) Track & Field
- Win Naing Track & Field
- Lei Lei Chit (Ch) Track & Field
- Nan Khaming (A) Track & Field
- Maung Maung Thaw (E) Track & Field, and Boxing
RIT Sports Stars
Aung Khin (M66) is a multiple-sports athlete. He won the Inter-Institute High Jump by beating the Burma selected from RASU. He also represented RIT in soccer, volley ball, basketball and hiking.
Khin Maung Lay (Henry, T68) and Victor Aung Myin (M72) are also star athletes.
Before the advent of TV and the Internet, one has to follow sports via radio and newspapers.
I won a ticket from my “Morals and Manners” class teacher to see 1960 Rome Olympics Documentary at Thamada (President) Cinema. Armin Harry (Germany) won the 100m and 200m. Rafer Johnson (US) won the Decathlon. Abebe Bikila (Ethiopia) won the Marathon while running bare foot. He would successfully defend his title in 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
I was able to watch the 1972 Munich Olympics on a color TV.
Fast forward. … Usain Bolt retired as the “fastest man”.
Hope we will see well-rounded student athletes in Myanmar again.
Aung Win (C87) wrote
Jennifer Tin Lay is still working as sport instructor in International School Myanmar near my home.
Teachers of Myanmar (mostly female teachers) cannot guide students to do sports activities. Hardly expect again for well-rounded student athletes.