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Young and upcoming sports reporter – Edmond Yuen
Young and upcoming sports reporter – Edmond Yuen
Edmond Yuen
Edmond Yuen
Graduate of the 4th HKJC Junior Sports Reporters Programme and on-the-job sports journalist

A career in the professional fields is always highly sought after – it is top on the “my aspirations” list for many, whether it be as an accountant, a lawyer or a doctor.

However, for Edmond Yuen, an accountant graduate, a career as a sports reporter turned out to be his heart’s desire. Now, by covering sports news, he uncovers stories inside and outside the stadium. He is no less of a professional – simply one that has successfully married his dream to his aspiration.

Giving up a bright future in accounting for new opportunities

At 6 feet 4 inches, Edmond is an imposing presence whose interest in sports began in his early years. He joined soccer classes as a child, and then became a soccer fan with a love for sports that planted in him a seed waiting to sprout into a career. Coming from a prestigious secondary school and blessed with a good memory, Edmond was admitted into his university’s accounting department. However, this also meant he was heading away from his dream of having a career in sports.

An accounting graduate, Edmond has chosen a career as a sports reporter, which surprised many of his friends and classmates.

Not one to give up, Edmond continued to explore sports-related vocations, but business school afforded him little opportunity to take advantage of them. In his final year, he took a bold step toward his dream and away from the disciplined life of accounting by joining the HKJC Junior Sports Reporters Programme. Edmond said, “Many thought I’d given up on a bright future, but I felt I’ve embarked on an extraordinary journey.”

For Edmond, the satisfaction he has gleaned from work and the friendships he has built with athletes have been far more rewarding than any monetary gain. His parent’s support further encouraged him to freely pursue his dreams.
Edmond interviewed Lo Kwan Yee, captain of Kitchee at the Jockey Club Kitchee Centre. He does everything from interviews, photography and write-ups to voice-overs – and strives for the best in each.
Trading an ordinary life for the bright lights of the stadium

Leaving behind what he learned in university and trading a well-paying job for a career as a sports reporter, Edmond has surprised many friends and classmates. Rather than spending his days as an accountant, Edmond has chosen the colourful career of a sports reporter – and his sensitivity to numbers and his accounting knowledge has enabled him to decipher complicated statistics and to grasp the trends. He said: “As a sports reporter, I encounter new things and new people every day. Occasional praise from an interviewee can give me immense pleasure!” For Edmond, the satisfaction he has gleaned from work and the friendships he has built with the athletes has been far more rewarding than any monetary gain. And of course, his parent’s support further encouraged him to freely pursue his dream.

While practicing his live broadcast techniques, Edmond always did his best and spent days on the preparations. He said, “With proper preparation, I can cover different positions when called upon to do so.” His diligence and sense of responsibility paid off not only in the form of well-earned work opportunities, but he has also caught the eye of the instructors and senior reporters of media organisations – which earned him a full-time position as a reporter, as well as praises from his superiors and senior colleagues. It was a shared sentiment among many that “rarely is there a young reporter who is so reliable that we can simply hand tasks to him and they will get properly done.” Szeto Chi Man, instructor of the programme and Edmond’s supervisor, also praised him for “doing everything from interviews, photography and write-ups to voice-overs – and striving for the best in each.” Despite being shy, Edmond did his best in covering every event, and just a few months into his new full-time position, he went on an overseas assignment on his own to cover the ASEAN Basketball League in the Philippines. It was certainly a sign of recognition for a junior reporter. He said: “When my father saw the newspaper articles I wrote, he would cut them out as keepsake.” With support from his parents, Edmond is even more motivated to do his best.

Edmond was given the opportunity to conduct an interview with two former English Premier League stars - Luis García and Sami Hyypiä. On the day, he traded his excitement as a sports fan for the professional attitude of a sports reporter, and did his best to learn from the work.
Going to the Olympics is the dream of every athlete, and Edmond is now preparing himself for his next dream as well – joining the Olympic Games as a reporter and bringing the Olympic dreams of Hong Kong athletes to a wider audience.

Edmond’s greatest strength is in grasping every opportunity. “Like in photography, one must not hesitate, for there’s no recapturing a missed shot.” He is now preparing himself for his next dream – joining the Olympic Games as a reporter and bringing the Olympic dreams of Hong Kong athletes to a wider audience.

Hong Kong Jockey Club Junior Sports Reporters Programme
Website: http://campaign.hkjc.com/ch/junior-reporter/index.aspx
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/HKJCJRP/

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