Nichakarn (Nini) Ruttanaporn appeared live on the Channel 3 talk show program ‘Kalamare’ where she was interviewed in front of a national audience.
Nini who is 25 (Class of 2008) is studying her final year of medicine at Leicester University in England. Nini has represented Thailand in Triathlon consisting of Running, Swimming and Cycling. She recently took part in the Challenge Laguna Phuket Tri-Fest Triathlon in two consecutive weeks where she came 2nd & 3rd out of all the Thai competitors which is an impressive achievement.
Nini likes doing things that people say is impossible and a challenge to her. Her coach who is based in Phuket sends over a rigorous training schedule which allows just one day of rest per 21 day cycle. Sometimes Nini even has to wake up at 4 am to practice.
Nini misses Thailand and wants to go back home because she has been away for over six years already and especially misses her family. Whilst she does eventually intend to become a practicing doctor, Nini’s immediate focus post-graduation will be on her sport. As we reported last year, Nini has already represented her country in competition and her ambition is to get the ‘Pro Card’ (the licence to race as a professional triathlete) by the age of 30. Always up for a fresh challenge, she will become the first Thai woman to compete in the 70.3 Half Iron Man World Championships in Austria this August
Her inspiration comes from a Para Olympian called Steven George who is handicapped from a car accident who gave Nini his medal to encourage her which she always wears. This showed our alumni that ‘Nothing is impossible.’
Click HERE to see the interview in Thai.