Glory day for Ti-I gymnasts
Students from Jockey Club Ti-I College shone on the final day of the All Hong Kong Inter-Secondary Schools Gymnastics Competition.
Junior gymnasts from 91 schools were keen to impress the judges at the Ma On Shan Sports Centre.
But it turned out to be a showcase for Ti-I College. In 10 hours of competition, some categories saw very close results.
The Boys' Senior category saw two Hong Kong gymnastics team members, Titus Seto Tin-tak and Sampson Poon Chun-kit, fighting it out. Sampson, from Lam Tai Fai College, was the defending champion of the All-Round category, while Titus was first runner-up last year.
This year the tables were turned, with Titus, from Ti-I College, winning gold in vaulting, the floor exercise and parallel bars, and silver in the horizontal bar. Sampson won the horizontal bar and came second in the other three events. Just 0.5 points separated them.
'We are teammates on the Hong Kong team and today we competed for our schools,' Sampson said.
'We did our best and it was expected that one of us would win. Titus took the lead at the beginning when I had a few missteps in the floor exercise and it was hard to catch up.'
Titus was modest in victory. 'I didn't think about the title before. It was totally unexpected. It was a glorious moment for my school.'
In the Girls' Senior category, Ti-I's Carmen Leung Ka-man took the spotlight after winning three gold medals in vaulting, balance beam and floor exercise and one silver in uneven bars. The results earned her gold in the All-round category. The Hong Kong team member told Young Post: 'People saw me walking around chatting to other gymnasts before the floor exercise and thought I was relaxed. Actually, I was very nervous and kept walking to try to keep myself calm.'
In the senior girls' team competition, Ti-I pushed aside Diocesan Girls' School to claim its first title by less than a point.
All senior Ti-I gymnasts are in Form Four, except for Luk Sze-lok, who is in Form Two and already a member of the Hong Kong team. 'I didn't feel nervous as my more senior teammates helped me,' Sze-lok said.
Team member Baty Yuen said they had to work harder on uneven bars. 'We can do better to enhance our overall performance,' she said, her eyes already on next year's title.