Relegated boys and girls bounce back
Kowloon True Light Middle School had a happier Valentine's Day than usual after their girls' team won the Division Three overall athletics title.
The Inter-school (Division Three, Area Two) Championship victory - two years after being relegated from Division Two - ensured promotion back to the higher division.
Sandy Sun Hoi-shan and Pisca Yeung Shun-man, two members of True Light's team, said victory in the three-day competition was a surprise.
'Our older, Form Six and Seven girls are already on study-leave, so some of our best athletes didn't take part. Therefore, we didn't expect to win the overall title,' they said.
Even without some of their top athletes, the team showed great consistency. Many students got to the final of individual events in A-, B- and C-grade events; some secured top-three finishes.
However, the disqualification of the school's C-grade 4x100m relay team - an event that awards double the number of points to top-placed teams - had threatened the school's chances of claiming the overall title.
Form One student Chan Wing-chi, running the first leg, was disqualified after judges ruled she failed to pass the baton to Lee Ting-yi within the marked zone.
Yet the team bounced back in the very next race when their B-grade 4x100m relay team won gold. Form Three student Nichole Chow Tsz-hei, one of the winning quartet, said they had been determined to win - to help fire the team to the overall title.
Meanwhile, Island School's boys, competing in Division Three for the first time since relegation, secured an immediate return to Division Two by winning the overall team title.
Year 13 student Jonathan James, one of the school's winning quartet in the last race, the A-grade boys' 4x400m relay, said: 'I saved my energy in the individual 400m final, where I was second; the relay is crucial in deciding the overall title.'
Year 13 teammate John So said they had been 25points behind Salesian English School, the overall runners-up, before the relay. John, third in the A-grade boys' long jump, said: 'There's not a big difference in the standard of athletes in Division Two and Three. It was really tough and we had to really battle to win.'
Island School boys won the A-grade event, but were third in the B-grade and fourth in C-grade.
True Light Middle School won the girls' B-grade title, but finished outside the top four in the A- and C-grade events.
Boys' overall championship
1. Island School (246 pts); 2. Salesian English School (Secondary Section) (226.5); 3. PLK Ngan Po Ling College (180.5); 4. CCC Mong Man Wai College (137)
Girls' overall championship
1. Kowloon True Light Middle School (210); 2. Holy Trinity College (202.84); 3. Munsang College (179.5); 4. PLK Ngan Po Ling College (173).