Roaring success for lion dancers
Keeping Chinese customs alive and kicking, students showed off their skills at the Fifth Hong Kong Inter-School Lion Dance Championship. There was a traditional atmosphere in Sha Tin's Yuen Wo Road Indoor Recreation Centre, where the championship was held.
Pupils from 28 schools took part in the competition, which was jointly presented by the Provisional Urban Council, the Provisional Regional Council and the Hong Kong Chinese Martial Arts Association.
Yao Tai-tong, the chairman of the lion dance championship committee, said the contest gave students a chance to demonstrate their creative ability after a one-year course in lion dancing.
'Learning Chinese martial arts is beneficial to students. It improves their physical fitness,' Mr Yao said.
The training course was launched by the Education Department's Physical Education Section in 1992.
The first prize in the junior secondary group went to St Mary's Church College's team B, while Heung To Middle School took the top prize in the open category.
Leung Yee-ling, 17, a Form Five student at St Mary's Church College, was one of the members of her school's winning team.
She played the drum and gong to accompany the lion dancers.
'Many people think lion dancing is not a suitable activity for girls, but I don't agree with them.
'It has taught me to be more patient.
'My physical health has also improved,' she said.
Teammate Wong Chun-man, 18, a performer in Form Five, said he had been learning the technique for five years.
Although he had suffered many injuries while training, he said he was eager to continue.
Their teacher, Lee Wing-ching, the prefect for extra-curricular activities at their school, said the students always showed sportsmanship and had a good team spirit.
'As a result, our school continues to support the programme,' Ms Lee said.
Esther is a Young Post summer intern from Hong Kong Shue Yan College