At the All Hong Kong Inter-Secondary Schools Gymnastics Competition on Sunday, Andrew Fung O-long of Pui Ching Middle School and Hong Kong International School’s Aru Inukai were crowned all-round champions in the Boys’ and Girls’ Grade A events respectively.
17-year-old Andrew dominated all four events in Boys’ Grade A by taking first place in vault (14.850 points), parallel bars (14.400), horizontal bar (14.950) and floor exercise (15.250). With a total score of 59.300, Andrew seized the all-round champion comfortably with a four-point margin over second place Jeffrey Wong Yeung-chung of Ying Wa College.
Speaking to Young Post at the event in Ma On Shan Sports Centre, the Pui Ching Middle School gymnast said he did not expect to come out on top in all events, but he was very pleased with his performance, especially at the horizontal bar.
“My goal for the competition was to execute every move that I have been practising for a long time perfectly,” said Andrew. “The moves on the horizontal bar are particularly challenging, so I’m quite happy that I managed to meet my usual standard.”
This is the first year for the Form Five student to participate in the Grade A event. When asked if he feels the pressure to defend his title next year, Andrew said he is uncertain if he will be in his best shape, as he has to concentrate on preparing for the HKDSE.
“I’m not sure whether the inter-school competition will clash with the public exam or not. I know I will keep training, but I also need to cut back on my training hours a lot,” he said.
Meanwhile in Girls’ Grade A, last year’s all-round champion Aru Inukai kept her throne by clinching gold at the vault (13.633) and floor exercise (14.233), and silver at the uneven bars (15.100) and balance beam (13.566). The 15-year-old earned a total score of 56.532, which was good enough to register a narrow victory over Jeanie Chung Yan-yuet of Diocesan Girls’ School, who got 55.565 points.
It was a slightly disappointing result compared to her sweep in every event last year. The HKIS student admitted that she was not in her best form because she has not been competing at a school level for quite some time.
“My performance could have been worse, I’ve been doing some local senior competitions and my body needs some time to adjust,” said the Grade 9 student. “Still, I thought I did best at the floor event. The skill level is not very high, but I love moving and dancing to the music.”
Both Andrew and Aru will participate in the 1st Junior Artistic Gymnastics Asian Cup next week in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Aru, who has given up her Japanese passport, will represent Hong Kong for the first time.
“I’m very excited about the Asian Cup. It’s my very first overseas competition, so I don’t expect much, I just hope I can make it to the final round,” she said.