Top talent shines on Singapore tour

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 13 December, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 13 December, 2001, 12:00am

The Hong Kong women's under-18 hockey squad returned from Singapore undefeated, and with more evidence of a future star in their ranks.

Sandra Frankland, who won this year's Co-ed School Sportsgirl of the Year Award, scored seven goals in three games against the city state. The 17-year-old King George V student's talents are not confined to the sports field. In October, she was in Hobart, Australia, competing for the title of Global Youth Hockey Promoter, part of the sport's International Year of the Youth festivities.

Sandra, along with five others, qualified for the final stage after beating around 35 international participants.

Her achievements were lauded as the Council of Women of the Hong Kong Hockey Association (HKHA) met this week to pay tribute to former HKHA president, Con Conway, at a special dinner.

'Con has always been extremely supportive of the women's section and made a great contribution to the progress of women's hockey in Hong Kong, and we want to thank him for that,' said women's section chairperson, Marion Knight.

As head of the HKHA for 14 years, Conway played a major role in the development of hockey and other sports in the SAR.

Roger Nissim took over as president in July.

Conway, who remains vice-president of the Amateur Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, is committed to promoting sports in the region.

Sport could help people cope with stress and learn about life, the Irishman said.

'Sports culture has a major role to play in the lives of people in Hong Kong,' he said.

'The aim is to involve more people in sports activities as a way of life.'

The SAR squad are now preparing for the under-16 women's hockey championships to be held at King's Park in February.