After nearly 40 years of service at La Salle College, retiring principal Brother Thomas Lavin will bow out in style when his latest crop of sports talent are crowned the overall Hong Kong and Kowloon champions. La Salle, hosts of tomorrow's prestigious Bank of China Hong Kong Bauhinia Bowl awards, will claim the coveted prize for amassing the most number of points in the 2003/2004 inter-school competitions for the fifth straight year. La Salle were overall champions in five sports this year, and six of the school's boys have been named outstanding athletes in their specialist field. Brother Lavin said La Salle's decades-long rivalry with Diocesan Boys' School (DBS) became more intense than ever this year. 'The competition with DBS is getting more difficult, so to win the Bauhinia Bowl with a record score makes us very happy,' said Brother Lavin, who joined the school in 1965 and was sports master before he was made principal four years ago. This year the school won five Division One sports titles including badminton (Kowloon), cross-country (shared with DBS), football, squash and table-tennis. 'Our strength in the football competition won it for us,' said Brother Lavin. 'We won it with 100 per cent home-grown talent. None of our boys were taken in to the school just because they are good at sport. That's the way it should be. It makes winning all the more satisfying. 'We have always encouraged a wide variety of activities at La Salle, but we will continue to be strong in sports. The key to winning the Bauhinia Bowl is having teams in Division One. That's where all the points are. All 15 of our sports teams will compete in Division One next year.' DBS principal Terence Chang said he admired Brother Lavin's commitment to school sports. 'He is very active and positive, and always has time to support his boys in competitions,' said Mr Chang. 'He will be missed by the La Salle boys.'