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Surpass those above you – Maurice Szeto
Surpass those above you – Maurice Szeto
Maurice Szeto
Maurice Szeto
One of the first coaches to join The Jockey Club School Football Development Scheme, Maurice was awarded the MUSS Coach qualification.

Donning a Superman sweatshirt, he spends his mornings coaching an overseas team of women dragon boaters; changing into a Man-U coach uniform, he goes back to his alma mater for an afternoon of soccer coaching; at night, he transforms back into a dragon boat instructor. This “Superman” coach is Maurice Szeto, 52, a former member of the Hong Kong Cross Country Team.

Maurice is three coaches rolled into one – soccer, dragon boat and marathon. “There used to be mountains but no path – we blazed the trails with our own two feet. Our younger generation is more blessed.” Today, Maurice has become a life coach for many and his example has inspired many of his younger peers to boldly chase their dreams.

A promising talent who gave up running

Maurice grew up in Stanley and had only one hobby in his youth. “I never thought about why I ran – only that my passion was to run.” As his hobby grew into ambition, Maurice joined the Inter-School Cross Country Competition, which was held at St. Stephen’s College – his alma mater. Without family support, his own two feet tirelessly took him from being a mere cross country aficionado to a full-time athlete after graduation. He represented Hong Kong at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, and competed in Switzerland and Poland in 1986. These were the first significant achievements of his life.

Maurice came from a well-to-do family, but at the peak of his running career, he decided to give up running and turn to business. He founded a computer company and named it after his initials – M.S. “I suddenly decided that I had run enough, so I gave it up. I went into business, and I’ve since tried my hand at just about everything.” Though sounding rather casual about this part of his life, one can still detect a hint of regret in his voice. “Yes, I could have gone further as a cross-country runner, scaling even greater heights. Regrettably I didn’t have a coach or teacher to guide me, to give me advice.” Knowing firsthand the cost of such a decision, Maurice has a deep understanding of the importance of having a good teacher and mentor.

Maurice is three coaches rolled into one – soccer, dragon boat and marathon.
In 2010, Maurice became a dragon boat instructor coaching overseas students to compete in the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Regatta.
Sailing through life’s ebbs and flows toward his dream

Having experienced more than most of us – a sports career, failed business ventures, a troubled marriage – Maurice has found a renewed purpose as a teacher. Upon returning to Hong Kong in 2008, he rejoined his alma mater as a part-time soccer coach. In 2010, he became a dragon boat instructor coaching overseas students, including those from France and Spain, to compete in the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Regatta. “I wasn’t qualified in the beginning, and was equipped only with passion and personal experience. Luckily, my demanding students were willing to put their trust in me.” Despite several accidents that left him with broken fingers and an injured shoulder, he returned to coaching duty just two days after surgery. Such passion and commitment he attributes to the connection he shares with his students.

Maurice often reminds students that they must dare to dream and dare to pursue their dreams – just like chasing after a football.
Having lost time and opportunities to a reckless youth, Maurice now understands the importance of having a good teacher and mentor.

As deputy coach of his school’s soccer team, Maurice has a more flexible schedule than his full-time peers. In 2013, he participated in the first phase of the joint Hong Kong Jockey Club-Manchester United project, the “Jockey Club School Football Development Scheme”. There, Maurice learned the Manchester United Soccer School (MUSS) way of coaching, which he then was able to use in developing the potential of local youth and giving back to society. After a lot of hard work and dedication, he was awarded the MUSS Coach Qualification in 2015. Having been a fan of Man-U for over 40 years, Maurice was elated. “I still can’t believe I now have such a close connection to the soccer team I’ve supported since childhood. I often tell my students that they must dare to dream, and dare to pursue these dreams – just like one would chase after a football.” In life as in soccer, goals and achievements can only be won through relentless pursuit.

In 2013, Maurice joined The first Jockey Club School Football Development Scheme, co-organised by The Hong Kong Jockey Club and Manchester United. His passion was rewarded in 2015 when he was awarded the MUSS Coach Qualification.

“Once their goal is in sight, many people tend to relax. I, however, keep on giving everything I have. I might even surpass those who are better than me.” Such is Maurice’s source of perseverance, the belief he holds onto as he guides youths to boldly pursue their dreams.

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