Hong Kong athletes shone at this year’s Asian Games and Para Games held in Indonesia. In both cases, the city achieved its best ever performance in the competition.
To recognise the glory these sports stars have earned for Hong Kong, they have been given valuable cash awards under the Jockey Club Athlete Incentive Awards Scheme (JCAIAS). The presentations were made at the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) on 28 September and 6 November respectively.
In 2016, the Club donated more than HK$18 million to the HKSI to support the JCAIAS for three years. Cash awards are provided to those winning medals at six major games, namely the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, Asian Games, Asian Para Games, National Games and World University Games.
At the 2018 Asian Games, Hong Kong won a record-breaking 46 medals. The first to strike gold was Jacqueline Siu, a member of the HKJC Equestrian Team, who won the individual dressage competition riding Jockey Club Fuerst on Tour, a horse sourced by the Club from Germany. It was Hong Kong’s first-ever equestrian gold medal at the Asian Games. Three other gold medallists, namely cyclist Sarah Lee, gymnast Shek Wai-hung and squash player Leo Au shared their feelings at the presentation ceremony.
Athletes at the 2018 Asian Para Games were equally outstanding, as they claimed a record-breaking 48 medals, comprising 11 gold, 16 silver and 21 bronze. Among their achievements, they gained Hong Kong’s first-ever boccia gold medal at the Asian Para Games, and broke the Asian Para Games and Asian records in swimming.
The Club has been a staunch supporter of the development of local sports facilities and talent over the years to help Hong Kong’s elite athletes perform on the world stage. To help the athletes and coaches develop their sports careers, the Club has donated more than HK$710 million to support the hardware and software development of the HKSI since 1977. This includes the establishment of the HKSI (then called the Jubilee Sports Centre) in 1982, which involved the construction of buildings and training tracks; and the setting-up of an endowment fund. In 2013, the Club also supported the redevelopment of the former athletes’ hostel into the Jockey Club Sports Building.