Hong Kong boys display golden touch
A group of young inline hockey players from Hong Kong have struck gold in the United States.
They beat four other teams to clinch the 10-and-under Recreational-Tier I division title at the 2007 AAU Junior Olympics in Detroit.
Led by coaches Tim Lau and Chuck Allison, the eight-member squad comprised Eisuke Ishizuka, Marco Chan, Jerry Tang, Jeremy Leung, Jun Ng, Linus Lo, James Yen and Edwin Chu.
'I am a little surprised with the good result at such a large-scale international competition,' Lau said.
Hong Kong took part in the tournament for the first time last year when the boys returned home empty-handed.
The SAR team battled it out in two divisions - international and recreational - during their 12-day trip last month.
'The team performed very well. Although we lost in the international category, the children were not demoralised,' said Lau.
'They were highly motivated and tried their best in every match.'
The team won all their games in the recreational division to claim the gold medal.
'I am extremely happy to bring home a gold medal,' said Linus, 10. 'I would like to share the medal with my father and the sponsors for their great support.
'I met many good players from all over the world. I noticed that we still have a lot of room for improvement.'
Lau said the championship victory had boosted their confidence.
'We hope to send more teams to participate in different categories of the AAU Junior Olympics next year,' said Lau. 'We are offering many courses to train inline hockey players.'
Youngsters who would like to have a taste of inline hockey can visit the YMCA King's Park Centenary Centre in Jordan.
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