Dragon contest fires top stars of the future

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 02 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 February, 2012, 12:00am


Hong Kong's most promising sports captains and leaders at primary and secondary schools found themselves fighting with dragons last Saturday.

The 201 students formed into 10'national' teams to compete in nine activities during a day-long training workshop at Shatin Tsung Tsing Secondary School.

All the participants are winners of this year's A.S. Watson Group Hong Kong Student Sports Awards.

They were among 449 secondary school and 441primary school athletes nominated by principals.

The workshop - which developed the athletes' leadership skills and helped them meet other talented students - was organised with the assistance of degree students taking physical education and recreation management at Hong Kong Baptist University.

The most challenging game, Dragon Parade, was designed over three months by Year One students Stephen Lam Ching-hei, Jade Kwong Che-wai, Miga Wong Yi-hei and Karris Cheung Tik-ka.

Each team had 14 minutes to build the long body of a dragon using only a limited number of items, such as cardboard boxes, newspaper and sticky tape.

Then they were given 10minutes in which to carry their dragon along a course - without directly touching the dragon - and score points when each part of the body touched the tips of special marker pens hanging from a gate and traffic cones.

'China' team - playing Dragon Parade as their last game - had been lying fifth, on 1,750 points, before they started. But they became the only team to complete the task successfully and finished as the top team with 5,250points.

'China' team member Koo Yung-yung, a Form Five student at STFA Cheng Yu Tung Secondary School, in Tseung Kwan O, said the workshop was an amazing experience. 'Our team was quiet at the start of the day, but slowly we began to express ourselves,' said Yung-yung, a member of the Hong Kong junior girls' beach volleyball team.

'It is unbelievable that a group of athletes, who didn't know each another before, could bond and work so well together after a day.'

Group leaders of the 'China' team, Baptist University students Kwok Kai-chung, Man Yu-tung and Au Chung-kei, praised their efforts.

'You've all got different strengths, but did a great job helping weaker members at certain games. We hope you remember the core values promoted at the workshop - respect and trust.'

The winning team will receive a certificate and prize of HK$500 on March18.