Athletes' joy at promotion to top flight

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 March, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 March, 2005, 12:00am

Four schools celebrated promotion to the top flight after clinching honours in the Hong Kong and Kowloon Division Two inter-school athletics competition.

Pui Ching Middle School (PCMS) were champions in the boys' category last Thursday and joining them in Division One next year will be Chan Sui Ki College, who came second ahead of Island School by just eight points.

St Paul's Convent School were the girls' champions, closely followed by runners-up Ying Wa Girls' School.

'I hadn't expected us to be so strong this year,' said a delighted PCMS athletics coach, Liz Chung Ling-sau.

'It wasn't until I saw our results in the heats that I realised we had a chance to be promoted. We had some excellent results, especially on the track.

'It's been four years since we were last in Division One. The students are very excited. This is a co-ed school so we don't have too many boys to choose a team from. Many prefer swimming, football or volleyball. So this success is a surprise.'

PCMS showed their strength on the track where they clinched first place in both the Grade A and Grade B 200 metres and 400m, and also Grade C 100m. They collected more points after winning both the Grade A and Grade C 4x100m relays. PCMS won the Grade A title and were fifth in B and C.

'Wong Yi-tik was a real star for us,' said Chung. 'He won the Grade A 200m and placed second in the 100m. All the training has paid off. He trained twice a week after school at the sports ground in Ho Man Tin. Some of the students are taking their A-level exams soon, so we will wait until May or June to have a proper celebration party.'

With Hong Kong javelin record-holder Emily Cheung Wai-yin as their new coach, the St Paul's Convent girls were inspired. 'Many of them broke their personal bests,' said Cheung.

'It's been four years since we were last in Division One. The students are excited'