Reds spoil sweep by Greenies

GREEN House snatched five titles in the boys' Grades B and C and girls' Grades A, B and C as well as the overall House championship at the SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School 12th athletic meet.

Strong rivals Red House managed only to narrowly clinch the Grade A boys' championship.

Grade A girls' champion Cheung Wai-ching, who is also captain of Green House, said: ''Our House have always been strong, but in the past unforeseen circumstances often affect our performance,'' she told Young Post.

She came first in the 100 m, 200 m and was runner-up in the long jump.

In addition, she broke her last year's 100 m record of 13.44 seconds by clocking 13.3 sec.

''Last year, I lacked a field event to win the championship. This year many went for the discus and shot put, so I chose the long jump, which surprisingly helped me win this time.'' House supervisor Tang Kin-hung, a Chinese teacher, attributed the success of Green House to the even distribution of outstanding athletes in the three grades.

''Moreover, Wai-ching, being House Captain and having excelled in the sprints, has set a good example for others.'' By contrast, Red House's Yip Cheung-chun, who won the boys' Grade A championship, distinguished himself in the long distance.

''I participated because I wanted to support my House,'' he said.

And it worked. He scored victories in the 400 m, 800 m and triple jump, saving the House from a total loss. The Form 5 student said that he won this time because his main competitors had graduated.

Following last month's cold snap, the warm sunny weather was much welcomed by all.

The day ended with an encouraging note from prize presenter, the Reverend Peter Pau, who told of the story of a nine-year old Chinese girl who ran in a New York marathon.

Her perseverance in completing the race despite the steamy heat had brought her honour - she broke the record for the below 10 years old category by finishing short of three hours.

''A marathon can bring out the glory of man's character.

''Everybody is a winner. One may experience hardship, but through it he understands glory and victory.'' RESULTS Boys' individual champions - Grade A: Yip Cheung-chun, Grade B: Tsang Chun-wing, Grade C: Lau Tak-fung Girls' individual champions - Grade A: Cheung Wai-ching, Grade B: Lee Suk-mei, Grade C: Lee Cheuk-ying.

Overall House champions: Green House Inter-school relay boys: 1. Lok Sin Tong Ku Chiu Man Secondary School. Girls: 1. SKH Li Ping Secondary School