Camille and Ian are champions by design

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 30 March, 2009, 12:00am

Camille Le Brecy and Ian Chan can count on a career in design if their love for rugby wanes.

Camille, 10, and Ian, 7, won the UBS prizes for designing the best jerseys.

'I was born in France and came here when I was two. I don't think I'd be playing rugby if we'd stayed in France,' said Camille, who played in the under-12 minis showcase on Saturday. 'I live in Discovery Bay and play hooker for the Pirates. For this reason, I incorporated a pirate into my design. I also went for stripes, some spots and the bauhinia, as it is the native flower of Hong Kong.

'I like doing the march past and the curtain-raiser games, it's cool. I'm a bit nervous at doing that, but it also makes me feel a bit famous. Sunday is my favourite day of the week because of mini rugby.'

For Ian, the weekend combined his two favourite hobbies, rugby and drawing. 'I play for the under-eights and have been playing for one year,' said Ian, who lives in Causeway Bay and played for the DeA Tigers at the stadium on Friday afternoon. 'I like tackling and running and look forward to Sundays, especially the festivals.'

Ian's design incorporated dragons in his logo, and the words 'Hong Kong' in Chinese characters on the two o's in 'Hong Kong.'

Adds his mother, Terry: 'He's benefiting from teamwork and is a lot less shy. Friendships come easier for him now.'