Future sports stars work out

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 July, 2007, 12:00am

The Hong Kong Baptist University held a sports carnival on July 8 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the handover, as well as promoting the upcoming 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2009 East Asian Games.

The free one-day event was designed to allow participants of all ages to improve their sports skills by learning from elite athletes in sports including basketball, fencing, and table tennis. The also had an opportunity to have a sharing session with the sports stars and even received some coaching tips.

The event was opened by Hari Harilela and included guests such as Legco president Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai and members of the university faculty.

Professor Frank Fu gave a lecture on developing sports culture among Hong Kong teenagers, and presented a short film; On the Road to 2008, to promote the Beijing Olympics.

The afternoon session consisted of sports demonstrations and coaching by noted Hong Kong athletes including Tam Wai-yeung, Ho Ka-lai and Chiu Chung-Hei.

Lee Ho-chun, a Primary Three student, found the festival interesting in parts.

'I thought the afternoon session was a lot more fun. I participated in the table tennis session, and although I didn't really learn anything new, it was nice to practise my skills with such good players,'

he said.

'I thought the morning lecture was a little boring, but they did tell me a lot about the upcoming Olympics, so I'm more interested in that now.'

Another happy participant was Heep Yunn basketball player Cheung Chi-man.

'I didn't go to the morning session, but I really liked participating in the afternoon session.

'There were four basketball stars there from the local league, and they helped us work on fundamentals like proper positioning, dribbling, and shooting,' he said.

'They really helped me improve my shooting position, and I'm sure this will help me a lot in my future games.

'I'm also looking forward to watching the Olympics because I've learned more about it, especially the basketball tournament.'

Jeremy is a Young Post intern