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

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.

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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).

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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.

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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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