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Sports for Hope Foundation Outstanding Junior Athlete Awards 2018 Celebrating Its 20th Anniversary with 8 Young Athletes Recognised in the 1st Quarter

11 June 2018
The 1st quarter presentation ceremony of Sports for Hope Foundation Outstanding Junior Athlete Awards 2018 was concluded successfully. The award winners included (back row, from left): Chau Wing-sze (Table Tennis), Hsieh Sin-yan and Ma Ho-chee (Fencing), Vivien Chiu and Lee Sze-wing (Cycling), Hui Ka-chun (Swimming - Hong Kong Sports Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability) and Leung Pui-hei (Windsurfing). (Front row, from left) Ng Wing-laam and Wong Man-ching (Beach Volleyball), and Amanda Lau and Chan Cheuk-ying (Finswimming) were presented with the Certificate of Appreciation. Read More
Miss Marie-Christine Lee, founder of the Sports for Hope Foundation (1st right); Mr Pui Kwan-kay SBS MH, Vice-President of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (2nd left); Mr Raymond Chiu, Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Sports Press Association (1st left); and Dr Trisha Leahy BBS, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Sports Institute (2nd right), kicked off the 2018 new award cycle and celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Awards with a lighting ceremony. Read More
Officiating guests including Miss Marie-Christine Lee, founder of the Sports for Hope Foundation (back row, 4th right); Mr Pui Kwan-kay SBS MH, Vice-President of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (back row, 4th left); Mr Raymond Chiu, Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Sports Press Association (backrow, 3rd left); and Dr Trisha Leahy BBS, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Sports Institute (back row, middle), took a group photo with the recipients. Read More
Hong Kong table tennis star Doo Hoi-kem (2nd right), winner of The Most Outstanding Junior Athlete Award and The Most Promising Junior Athlete Award of 2014; together with Miss Marie-Christine Lee, founder of the Sports for Hope Foundation (3rd right); Mr Pui Kwan-kay SBS MH, Vice-President of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (3rd left) and Mr Raymond Chiu, Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Sports Press Association (2nd left), shared their view on the development of junior athletes to encourage the awardees to strive for excellence. Read More
Miss Marie-Christine Lee, founder of the Sports for Hope Foundation (4th right); Mr Pui Kwan-kay SBS MH, Vice-President of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC) (4th left); Mr Ronnie Wong JP, Hon Secretary General of SF&OC (2nd left); Mr Raymond Chiu, Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Sports Press Association (3rd left); Dr Trisha Leahy BBS, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Sports Institute (1st right), and past Awards recipients participated in a cake-cutting ceremony celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Awards. Read More

Organised by the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI), supported by the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC) and the Hong Kong Sports Press Association (HKSPA), the Sports for Hope Foundation (SFHF) Outstanding Junior Athlete Awards celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and the presentation ceremony for 1st quarter of 2018 was held at the HKSI today. A total of 8 junior athletes were presented the Award for their excellent performance and a lighting ceremony was staged to mark the beginning of the 2018 awards.

The awardees were Vivien Chiu and Lee Sze-wing (Cycling), Hsieh Sin-yan and Ma Ho-chee (Fencing), Chau Wing-sze (Table Tennis), Leung Pui-hei (Windsurfing), and Chan Yui-lam and Hui Ka-chun (Swimming - Hong Kong Sports Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability).

Officiating guests included Miss Marie-Christine Lee, founder of the SFHF; Mr Pui Kwan-kay SBS MH, Vice-President of the SF&OC; Mr Raymond Chiu, Vice Chairman of the HKSPA; and Dr Trisha Leahy BBS, Chief Executive of the HKSI.

Hsieh Sin-yan was awarded the OJAA title after claiming champion in the Women’s Epee (Cadet) event at the World Junior and Cadets Fencing Championships 2018. “Being the first Hong Kong Epee fencer to crown at the World Asian Junior & and Cadets Fencing Championships is a moment that I will never forget. Moreover, this is the last year that I can play in the cadet. I was not thinking too much at the competition, and my goal was to fence the best that I could in each match,” said Hsieh. The Asian Games and the Youth Olympics will be her target this year.

Vivien Chiu and Lee Sze-wing, cyclists and the first-time OJAA recipients, also achieved outstanding results in this quarter. It was the most unforgettable moment for Chiu to be crowned champion in her first appearance at an international Asian cycling competition. Chiu hit the finish line ahead of her rivals after battling for nearly two hours, coming first in the Junior Women's Individual Road Race at the 25th Asian Junior Road Cycling Championships. Lee Sze-wing won gold in the Junior Women's Scratch at the 25th Asian Junior Track Cycling Championships. She thanked the Foundation for the Award, “The Award recognises my effort and achievement. I will try my best to strive for excellence and overcome the hardship of training.”

In addition, Wong Hoi-ki and Wong Hong-yi (Tennis) were awarded the Certificate of Merit for this quarter. Ng Wing-laam and Wong Man-ching (Beach Volleyball), and Chan Cheuk-ying and Amanda Lau (Finswimming) were presented with the Certificate of Appreciation to recognise their hard work.

Organised by the HKSI and sponsored by the SFHF since 2012, with support from the SF&OC and the HKSPA, the OJAA recognises the achievements of outstanding local junior athletes under the age of 19 on a quarterly basis. Each recipient is presented with a cash prize of HK$2,500, a sports voucher worth HK$2,500 and a certificate. For teams, they will receive a cash award of HK$10,000, a sport voucher worth HK$10,000 and certificates.

The HKSI is the Government’s elite sport training systems delivery agent and is committed to providing an environment in which sports talent can be identified, nurtured, and developed to pursue excellence in the international sporting arena and to inspire potential athletes to pursue a full-time sports career.

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