Hong Kong athletes have been enjoying some memorable successes in the sporting area recently, winning four medals at the World University Games in Taipei and another 16 in the National Games in Tianjin. In both cases, it marks Hong Kong’s best ever performance in the competition.
To recognise the glory these sports stars have earned for Hong Kong, they received valuable cash awards at a presentation at the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) on 27 September under the Jockey Club Athlete Incentive Awards Scheme.
Last year, the Club’s Charities Trust donated more than HK$18 million to the HKSI to support the Jockey Club Athlete Incentive Awards Scheme for three years. Cash awards are provided to those winning medals at the six major games, namely the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Asian Games, Asian Para Games, National Games and World University Games.
The Hong Kong teams achieved best-ever results at both the 29th World University Games in Taipei and 13th National Games in Tianjin this year. Athletes receiving awards for the University Games were swimmer Siobhan Haughey, who won gold medals in the women’s 100m and 200m freestyle events; tennis players Wong Chun-hun and Yeung Pak-long, who were bronze medallists in the men’s doubles; and wushu athlete Juanita Mok, who won bronze in the women’s taolu taijiquan & taijian.
National Games awardees included cycling gold medallists Pang Yao and Yang Qianyu in the women’s madison and Leung Chun-wing in the men’s omnium; fencer Nicholas Choi, who won silver in the men’s individual foil; cyclist Sarah Lee Wai-sze, who won bronze medals in the women’s sprint and keirin; and HKJC Equestrian Team members Jacqueline Siu and Clarissa Lyra, who clinched a silver medal in the individual dressage competition and a bronze in the individual jumping respectively.
Sport is one of four strategic focus areas of the Club’s Charities Trust donations. It has donated more than HK$710 million to support the hardware and software development of the HKSI since the early 1970s and to help Hong Kong’s elite athletes perform on the world stage. This includes the establishment of the HKSI (then called the Jubilee Sports Centre), involving the reclamation of land, the construction of buildings and training tracks, as well as the establishment of an endowment fund. In 2013, the Trust also supported the redevelopment of the former athletes’ hostel into the Jockey Club Sports Building.
The Club believes it is important to support the best athletes in Hong Kong as they strive for excellence, as their efforts and achievements can inspire the community - creating pride and bringing people together. These positive values can also motivate the community to become more physically active.