Sporting activities are a valuable part of students' education, according to the Director of Urban Services Elaine Chung Lai-kwok. Speaking at the OMEGA Rose Bowl Awards prize presentation, Ms Chung said her department was honoured to provide training and competitive opportunities to students in various sports, including, swimming, squash, basketball, tennis and fencing. 'Through these activities, young people acquire not only physical skills, but also respect for rules and leadership abilities. 'They learn how to work with others and the importance of fair play and teamwork.' Ms Chung pointed out that sport was not simply a matter of winning or losing. 'It is, in fact, a learning process in which one gains the courage to face challenges and to accept losses. 'Every participant is ultimately a winner.' She said school sports served as an outlet for pressure and stress students faced in their academic lives. The awards were launched in 1965 to recognise outstanding achievements in inter-school sports and encourage greater participation in athletic activities. Many of Hong Kong's top athletes have been recipients. The awards are highly valued by both schools and students.