Why the Hong Kong Students Sports Awards are important to young local athletes

Why the Hong Kong Students Sports Awards are important to young local athletes

More than 930 student athletes were presented with awards at the 13th annual Hong Kong Students Sports Awards, held today at Queen Elizabeth Stadium.

Of these athletes, more than a third were recognised for their performance in track and field, while others were awarded for other sports such as swimming, basketball, and football. The youngest winner was nine years old.

Of the winners, 57% were male. Further, just under 44% of the winners were from secondary schools, while the rest were from primary and special schools.

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Aside from the award certificate, each athlete was presented with scholarship money worth HK$500, the opportunity to participate in a leadership workshop, as well as the chance to attend a sports exchange tour to Bangkok, Thailand, later this summer.

The Hong Kong Students Sports Award is the only territory-wide sports award in Hong Kong. First began in 2005, it has the participation of 85% of all local primary, secondary, and special schools. Each school is asked to nominate one exemplary student athlete each year.

Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung, who presented the award, said that the award helps “affirm the students' outstanding performance in sports, and encourages young people to participate in sports activities.”

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