Mook, the Teen Thai Weightlifter

Collection with 9 media items created by Biel Calderon

Thailand 17 May 2013 12:46

Mook, 17, never fathomed any other way of life, an existence outside the rice fields and subsistence farming. Having lost her mother at the age of 9, she moved to Surin, one of the poorest provinces in Thailand, to live with her father's family. From then on, she was made to work in the fields, clean the house and look after her younger cousins. At 12, a friend of the family noticed her strong build and suggested she earn her way by weightlifting - which is just what she did. Before long, she had secured a scholarship from the National Youth Team in Bangkok and began a new life. Now she receives a small salary and has a safe place to stay while she pursues her high school studies. Many children and young people from poor families in Thailand are sent to this kind of program where they get a chance to study and earn a little discretionary income. Most of them choose traditional boxing, Muay Thai, but as several female Thai athletes have begun winning Olympic weightlifting medals, the sport has become more popular.

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Mook, the Teen Thai Weightlifter (8 o...
Bangkok, Thailand.
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

Siptiporng Minchaleung (a.k.a. San), 65 years old, Mook's coach at the Thai-Japanese Stadium. He trains a total of 9 weightlifters (both males and females).

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Mook, the Teen Thai Weightlifter (7 o...
Bangkok, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

Siwanan Yodyang, 15 years old, (a.k.a Joy) and Siriporn Samrandee, 20 years old, (a.k.a. Jane) are Mook's colleagues and best friends. They all train at the Thai-Japanese Stadium.

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Mook, the Teen Thai Weightlifter (6 o...
Bangkok, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

Mukda Rueandsuksud, 17 years old, also known as Mook, getting ready for training at the Thai-Japanese Stadium. She trains at least five days per week.

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Mook, the Teen Thai Weightlifter (5 o...
Bangkok, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

Mook trains at the Thai-Japanese Stadium. She trains at least five days per week. She is able to lift 85 Kg (clean and jerk competition) and 67 Kg (snatch competition).

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Mook, the Teen Thai Weightlifter (4 o...
Bangkok, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

Mook getting ready for training at the Thai-Japanese Stadium. She trains at least five days per week.

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Mook, the Teen Thai Weightlifter (3 o...
Bangkok, Thailand.
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

Siptiporng Minchaleung (a.k.a. San), 65 years old, Mook's coach, with some male weightlifters at the Thai-Japanese Stadium. He trains a total of 9 weightlifters (both males and females).

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Mook, the Teen Thai Weightlifter (2 o...
Bangkok, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

Mook getting ready for training at the Thai-Japanese Stadium. She trains at least five days per week.

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Mook, the Teen Thai Weightlifter (1 o...
Bangkok, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
01 May 2013

Mook getting ready for training at the Thai-Japanese Stadium. She has to use gym chalk to grab the weightlifting bars properly.

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Mook, The Teenage Thai Weightlifter
Bangkok, Thailand
By Biel Calderon
03 Mar 2013

Mook, 17, never imagined she could have a different life, away from ricefields and farming. Having lost her mother at the age of 9, she moved to Surin, one of the poorest provinces in Thailand, to live with her father’s family. She was then obliged to work in the fields, clean the house and look after her younger cousins. At 12, a friend of the family saw her strong body and suggested her to earn her life with weightlifting. She got a scholarship for the National Youth Team in Bangkok and started a new life. Now she gets a small salary and has a safe place to stay while she pursues her studies in high school.

Many children and youth from poor families in Thailand are sent to this kind of programmes to get a chance to study and earn some money. Most of them choose the traditional boxing, Muay Thai, but weightlifting is becoming more popular as some Thai female athletes have recently won some Olympic medals.