Coaches win recognition for hard work

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 25 May, 2007, 12:00am

Hong Kong's leading coaches have been rewarded for their dedication which helped athletes achieve international honours last year.

Seventy trainers received recognition at the annual Hongkong Bank Foundation Coaching Awards presentation last week.

The awards comprised six categories: Coach of the Year Awards (individual sports and team events in both senior and junior athletes categories); Distinguished Services Award for Coaching; Best Team Sport Award; Coach Education Award; Coaching Excellence Awards; and Community Coach Recognition Awards.

Shen Jinkang won the Coach of the Year award in the individual category for senior athletes, following excellent results achieved by cyclists Wong Kam-po and Cheung King-wai.

Wong and Cheung each won a gold medal in the men's individual road race and the men's 40-kilometre points race, respectively, at the 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, last year.

In the team category for senior athletes, table tennis coach Hui Jun and wheelchair fencing coach Zheng Kang-zhao grabbed the top honours. Hui inspired the SAR table tennis team, who won one gold, two silver and two bronze medals at the Doha Asian Games. Zheng guided Hong Kong's wheelchair fencing team to four gold, five silver and six bronze medals at the ninth Far East & South Pacific Games for the Disabled (FESPIC Games).

In the junior athletes category, the title for individual sports and team events went to windsurfing coach, Cheung Kwok-bun, and fencing coach, Wang Ruiji, respectively. Cheung was behind the success of up-and-coming windsurfers who claimed two gold medals in the Mistral Youth & Junior World Championships 2006 and another gold in the Mistral European Championships 2006. Wang was in charge of the junior women's sabre team who clinched gold in the Asian Youth & Cadet Fencing Championships 2006.

Yu Liguang, who has nurtured nine wushu world champions in the past 11 years, received the Distinguished Services Award for Coaching, while So Sum-yau (windsurfing) won the Coach Education Award.

Cricket coach Robin Singh won the Best Team Sport Award for steering Hong Kong to a silver medal at the Asian Cricket Council Trophy 2006. Coaching Excellence Awards were given to 54 coaches who have helped an athlete or a team achieve outstanding performances at major international competitions, such as the Asian Games, FESPIC Games, and the 2006 Asian and World Championships.