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Sports Bulletin Vol.4, 2011

Contents

I. Sporting Achievements (1 - 31 March)

II. Special Feature

III. Other News


Cycling athlete Kwok Ho-ting wins a gold medal at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships

Cycling athlete Kwok Ho-ting won a gold medal in the Men・s 15km Scratch Race at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships held on 23 - 27 March in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.


Badminton team wins 4 medals at the German Junior

The Hong Kong badminton team won 1 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals at the German Junior held on 10 - 13 March in Berlin, Germany.

Athlete Event Medal
Cheung Ngan-yi Women's Singles Gold
Ng Ka-long Men・s Singles Bronze
Lee Chun-hei, Ng Ka-long Men・s Doubles Bronze
Yeung Yik-kei, Lee Chun-hei Mixed Doubles Silver

Badminton team wins 5 medals at the Yonex Dutch Junior International

The Hong Kong badminton team won 1 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal at the Yonex Dutch Junior International held on 2 - 6 March in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Athlete Event Medal
Cheung Ngan-yi, Yeung Yik-kei Women・s Doubles Silver
Tam Chun-hei Men・s Singles Bronze
Ng Ka-long Men・s Singles Silver
Shek Hiu-yiu, Tam Chun-hei Mixed Doubles Silver
Yeung Yik-kei, Lee Chun-hei Mixed Doubles Gold

Fencing team wins 20 medals at the Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships

The Hong Kong fencing team won 7 gold, 5 silver and 8 bronze medals at the Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships held on 4 - 14 March in Bangkok, Thailand.

Athlete Event Medal
Chu Ka-mong Junior - Women・s Epee Silver
Natasha Erica Choi, Chu Ka-mong,
Lin Yik-hei, Mau Yuen-ching
Junior - Women・s Epee, Team Bronze
Cheng Hiu-lam, Cheung Ho-king,
Lau Hiu-wai, Suen Yan
Junior - Women・s Foil, Team Bronze
Ho Siu-in, Lam Hin-wai, Shum Ka-ki,
Wan Pui-yin
Junior - Women・s Sabre, Team Gold
Nicholas Edward Choi Junior - Men・s Foil Bronze
Chan Ho-yin, Nicholas Edward Choi,
Tam Yuk-wang, Yeung Chi-ka
Junior - Men・s Foil, Team Bronze
Low Ho-tin, Jackson Wang,Yan Hon-pan,
Yau Man-fung
Junior - Men・s Sabre, Team Silver
Chu Ka-mong Cadet - Women・s Epee Bronze
Cheung Suet-yi, Chu Ka-mong, Lin Yik-hei,
Tam Pui-ying
Cadet - Women・s Epee, Team Gold
Cheng Hiu-lam Cadet - Women・s Foil Silver
Cheng Hiu-lam, Cheng Hiu-wai, Ho Long-sze,
Law Hei-tung
Cadet - Women・s Foil, Team Silver
Chan Hiu-ching Cadet - Women・s Sabre Gold
Chan Hiu-ching, Tiffany Chan,
Cheung Hiu-tung, Wong Ying-tung
Cadet - Women・s Sabre, Team Gold
Chan Ping-him, Cheng Pak-hang, Ng Ho-tin,
Yau Shun-him
Cadet - Men・s Epee, Team Bronze
Chan Ho-yin Cadet - Men・s Foil Gold
Tam Yuk-wang Cadet - Men・s Foil Bronze
Chan Ho-yin, Tam Yuk-wang, Tang Hong,
Yeung Chi-ka
Cadet - Men・s Foil, Team Silver
Li Sze-hou Cadet - Men・s Sabre Bronze
Jackson Wang Cadet - Men・s Sabre Gold
Chan Hoi-kin, Iam Chung-yin, Li Sze-hou,
Jackson Wang
Cadet - Men・s Sabre, Team Gold

Squash athlete Au Wing-chi wins a bronze medal at the CIMB KL Open

Squash athlete Au Wing-chi won a bronze medal in the Women・s Singles event at the CIMB KL Open held on 15 - 20 March in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Swimming athlete Sze Hang-yu wins 2 medals at the XII Spanish Open Swimming Championships

Swimming athlete Sze Hang-yu won 1 silver and 1 bronze medal in the Women・s 50m Butterfly event and the Women・s 50m Freestyle event respectively at the XII Spanish Open Swimming Championships held on 31 March - 3 April in Madrid, Spain.

  (Photo provided by the Hong Kong Amateur Swimming Association)

Tennis athlete Zhang Ling wins a gold medal at the ITF Women・s Circuit $25,000 Sanya

Tennis athlete Zhang Ling won a gold medal in the Women・s Singles event at the ITF Women・s Circuit $25,000 Sanya held on 14 - 20 March in Sanya, China.

(Photo provided by the Hong Kong Tennis Association)

Tenpin bowling athlete Ng Tsz-yin wins a silver medal at the ABF Tour Tournament of Champions

Tenpin bowling athlete Ng Tsz-yin won a silver medal in the Women・s Events at the ABF Tour Tournament of Champions held on 16 - 17 March in Kuwait.


Tenpin bowling athlete Cheung Chun-chung wins a bronze medal at the ABF Tour - Kuwait

Tenpin bowling athlete Cheung Chun-chung won a bronze medal in the Men・s Events at the ABF Tour - Kuwait held on 23 March in Kuwait.


Triathlon team wins 8 medals at the Mekong Triathlon Asian Cup

The Hong Kong triathlon team won 3 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals at the Mekong Triathlon Asian Cup held on 25 March in Chiangrai Province, Thailand.

Athlete Event Medal
Choi Yan-yin Sprint Triathlon - Junior Girl Gold
Lam Sin-ching Sprint Triathlon - Junior Girl Silver
Wu Sum-yi Sprint Triathlon - Junior Girl Bronze
Cheung Ting-yan Triathlon - U23 Women Silver
Szeto Shiu-yan Triathlon - U23 Women Gold
Perry Wong Sprint Triathlon - Junior Boy Bronze
Ho King-fun Triathlon - U23 Men Gold
Lo Ching-hin Triathlon - U23 Men Bronze
From left: Wu Sum-yi, Choi Yan-yin, Lam Sin-ching Ho King-fun

Left: Perry Wong
From fourth left: Wu Sum-yi, Choi Yan-yin, Lam Sin-ching

From left: Perry Wong, Cheung Tsz-kit, Cheung Tsz-hei,
Law Leong-tim, Ip Ching-kiu, Wong Ka-ho, Li Tsz-hei,
Ng Ka-lok, Wong Hui-wai

Triathlon team wins 2 medals at the Mekong River ASTC Duathlon Asian Championships

The Hong Kong triathlon team won 1 gold and 1 silver medal at the Mekong River ASTC Duathlon Asian Championships held on 25 March in Chiangrai Province, Thailand.

Athlete Event Medal
Lam Sin-ching Junior Women Gold
Wu Sum-yi Junior Women Silver

Triathlon team wins 4 medals at the Mekong River ASTC Aquathlon Asian Championships

The Hong Kong triathlon team won 1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal at the Mekong River ASTC Aquathlon Asian Championships held on 25 March in Chiangrai Province, Thailand.

Athlete Event Medal
Chan On-ki Junior Women Silver
Choi Yan-yin Junior Women Gold
Wan Tsz-ching Junior Women Bronze
Perry Wong Junior Men Silver

 

From left: Chan On-ki, Wan Tsz-ching, Lam Sin-ching,
Choi Yan-yin

Triathlon team wins 11 medals at the Duathlon Series - Race 3

The Hong Kong triathlon team won 4 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals at the Duathlon Series - Race 3 held on 13 March in Hong Kong.

Athlete Event Medal
Choi Yan-yin Course B - Female Elite Junior Gold
Lam Sin-ching Course B - Female Elite Junior Silver
Wan Tsz-ching Course B - Female Elite Junior Bronze
Lee Yuk-ying Course B - Female Youth Open Gold
Ng Yui-lam Course B - Female Youth Open Silver
Law Leong-tim Course B - Male Elite Junior Gold
Ng Ka-lok Course B - Male Elite Junior Bronze
Perry Wong Course B - Male Elite Junior Silver
Ho King-fun Course A - Male Elite Open Silver
Lo Ching-hin Course A - Male Elite Open Gold
Tam Joe Dick Dickson Course A - Male Elite Open Bronze

Wheelchair fencing team wins 4 medals at the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup
The Hong Kong wheelchair fencing team won 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal at the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup held on 31 March - 3 April in Malaga, Spain.

Athlete

Event

Medal

Justine Charissa Ng

Women・s Epee Individual (Cat. A)

Bronze

Fan Pui-shan

Women・s Foil Individual (Cat. A)

Silver

Chan Wing-kin

Men・s Foil Individual (Cat. A)

Gold

Chan Wing-kin, Cheong Meng-chai, Chung Ting-ching, Wong Tang-tat

Men・s Team Foil

Gold


  • Back row from left: Justine Charissa Ng, Dr Raymond Li (Sport Physiotherapist, HKSI), Wang Ruiji (Wheelchair fencing Coach, Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled)
  • Front row from left: Lau Sik (Team Manager), Chan Wing-kin, Chung Ting-ching, Cheong Meng-chai, Wong Tang-tat
(Photo provided by the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled)

Elite results roundup (1 - 28 February)
  Name Event Position / No. Of Entries 
Badminton
Yonex Dutch Junior International 2011 Cheung Ngan-yi, Yeung Yik-kei Women's Doubles 2nd/ 42
(3/2/2011, Amsterdam, Netherlands)  
  Ng Ka-long Men's Singles 2nd/ 96
   
  Tam Chun-hei Men's Singles 3rd/ 96
   
  Lee Chun-hei, Yeung Yik-kei Mixed Doubles 1st/ 69
   
  Shek Hiu-yiu, Tam Chun-hei Mixed Doubles 2nd/ 69
   
Billiard Sports  
German Masters Fu Ka-chun Individual 3rd/ 32
(2/2/2011, Berlin, Germany)  
   
Cycling  
31st Asian Cycling Championships Lee Wai-sze 500m Time Trial, Women 1st/ 6
(9/2/2011, Bangkok, Thailand)
  Sprint, Women 3rd/ 11
 
  Wong Wan-yiu Scratch, Women 2nd/ 8
   
  Individual Time Trial, Women 3rd/ 11
   
  Points Race, Women 3rd/ 9
   
  Kwok Ho-ting Ominum, Men 2nd/ 8
   
  Choi Ki-ho, Kwok Ho-ting Madison, Men 1st/ 6
   
18th Asian Junior Cycling Championships Leung Bo-yee Individual Road Race, Junior Women 1st/ 20
(9/2/2011, Bangkok, Thailand)  
  Individual Time Trial, Junior Women 2nd/ 9
   
  Liu Wai-ting Individual Road Race, Junior Women 3rd/ 20
   
  Leung Chun-wing Individual Time Trial, Junior Men 2nd/ 15
   
  Points Race, Junior Men 2nd/ 9
   
  Wong Tsz-chin Individual Road Race, Junior Men 2nd/ 46
   
  Wu Lok-chun Keirin, Junior Men 3rd/ 13
   
Table Tennis  
2011 Italian Junior & Cadet Open Hung Ka-tak Cadet Boys' Singles 3rd/ 106
(3/2/2011, Lignano, Italy)  
  Hung Wah-tak Cadet Boys' Singles 2nd/ 106
   
  Hung Ka-tak, Hung Wah-tak Cadet Boys' Doubles 2nd/ 54
   
  Cadet Boys' Team 1st/ 54
   
German Open 2011 Jiang Tianyi, Leung Chu-yan Men's Doubles 3rd/ 67
(23/2/2011, Dortmund, Germany)
 
Tenpin Bowling  
ABF Tour 2011 - UAE Wu Siu-hong Men's Events 3rd/ 16
(27/2/2011, Dubai, UAE)  

Strength and conditioning training for the elite athlete

Hong Kong Sports Institute: Ricky Tianco, Strength & Conditioning Coach

Years ago top level athletes from various sports with well-honed sport skills were reluctant to do any strength training for fear of becoming muscle bound, tight, slow or too strong and somehow losing their accuracy. Skill was :king; in the field of sports competition. But as the level of skill of the other competitors caught up with the top level, the fitness factor becomes even more crucial. These days, all top-level athletes have to train not only skill but all factors of fitness. Speed and power, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, core stability and balance are trained depending on the specific need of the elite athlete and his sport.

Is there a top-secret best strength training programme? There is no single magic formula. There is only an optimised programme specific for each athlete and his specific needs. Not all strength and conditioning training methods are appropriate for all elite athletes. It depends highly on the athlete・s effort and genetic potential, and the skill, knowledge and experience of the Strength Coach and how he/she applies the scientific principles of strength and conditioning training.

Designing strength training programmes

What are the components of a good strength and conditioning programme for elite athlete? When making a good strength training programme for elite athletes the Strength Coach should consider these essential factors:

E Needs Analysis
E Exercises
E Equipment type
E Acute training variables
E Chronic training variables
E Periodisation
E Rest and recovery
E Scientific testing and monitoring

Ideally a meeting is arranged with the athlete, the Sports Coach and professionals from the Sports Science and Sports Medicine Departments. The Sports Coach or the athlete may give input on what the requirements or fitness parameters that need to be enhanced or maintained. Scientific tests are performed and analysed to help determine athletes’ training needs.

Exercises are selected depending on the specific type of movement and training effect needed. Free weights like traditional barbells, dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls and power bags are very useful for speed and power training. It is also used in ground based ballistic movements where movement patterns do not follow a pre-determined path.

Exercise machines are used to train movements that usually isolate a movement pattern and follow a predetermined action. They are quite useful in rehabilitation training for injured athletes and also for isolated muscle training.

A special type of machine that uses pneumatic or air resistance is used to train speed and power throughout the whole range of motion of the movement. It is also useful for rehabilitation since the resistance can start at extremely light loads and can be adjusted in very minute increments.

Different types of equipment are used for core training and balance. They range from Stability Balls better known as Swiss Balls, Teether boards and other similar unstable surface to challenge the balance and proprioception of the athlete. Training in an unstable environment enhances performance in the stable environment.

A variety of cardio machines are used to train the energy systems. Different types of cycling ergometers and treadmills are used to train aerobic or anaerobic endurance. There are electric and self powered models available and suitable for different training objectives.

After establishing the training goal, a training programme is designed to answer the specific need. Generally, if speed and power are the goals, the programme may use free weights like barbells for explosive lifting with heavy loads and low repetitions. More rest is required between sets to help athletes fully recover. For example, a karatedo athlete may use Olympic-style lifts like the power clean or power bag cleans to train for power. The exercise movements involved are fast and explosive.

To develop local muscular endurance, exercises are performed using lighter loads, more repetitions with minimum rest in between sets. Rowers and triathletes may perform isometric exercises like the side bridge for lumbar stabilisation. However if muscular hypertrophy is the goal, the programme uses high load, medium repetitions with short rest between sets. Athletes who need to increase lean body mass may perform back squats, bench presses and lat pulldowns for 8-12 repetitions, 4-6 sets and 1 minute rest between sets to improve their body composition.

The elite athlete’s annual training programme varies according to the objectives set at different phases of the training cycle. During off-season, they have time to focus on rehabilitation of injuries and building a solid strength base. During pre-season, focus would then shift to developing speed and power. For athletes with competitive season lasting several weeks to months, an efficient and effective maintenance fitness programme is important to keep the athlete in peak condition for as long as possible and delay detraining in the in-season.

High intensity training should be accompanied with sensible recovery sessions. Methods include getting adequate nutrition, massage, hot and/or cold immersions, sauna, adequate sleep and enough down time for each athlete to enjoy other activities like reading, watching movies, hanging out with friends and family, etc.

Regular field and laboratory tests are part of the elite athlete’s training programme. Specific tests for a particular sport are performed to monitor the status and progress of the athlete’s training session or programme. It may also indicate if the coach needs to modify the individual’s programme to keep the training effective.

Conclusion

Strength training and conditioning are crucial parts in the elite athletes training. The best training programme is based on scientific training principles, how the strength coaches use them, and the harmonious cooperation of the support from sports coaches, sports science and sports medicine professionals that make up the team.

Athlete performing an isometric hold on a Swiss Ball Athlete performing the Power Cleans

Sports Excellence, Volume 11 available online

The latest issue of HKSI publication Sports Excellence was published on 31 March as a supplement of Sing Tao Daily, bringing news of local elite sports and the work of the HKSI to the public. An online edition (in Chinese only) is now available at the HKSI website; please click here to view it.

Yu Chui-yee speaks at The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Wheelchair fencer Yu Chui-yee has been actively sharing her experience as an athlete and promoting the sporting spirit to the corporate sector in recent years. She also welcomes other opportunities and attended a seminar organised by the New Asia College of The Chinese University of Hong Kong on 1 April to share her :Secrets to a Meaningful Life; with some 1,200 undergraduates.

  First from left: Yu Chui-yee

New references at the Sports Information Centre (SIC)

The anatomy of stretching
(SIC call no.: RA781.63 .W36 2007)

Published by North Atlantic Books in 2007 and written by Brad Walker, this concise guide looks at stretching from every angle, including the benefits of stretching, different types of stretching and safety rules for stretching. It also features information on how to improve the range of motion, athletic ability and the effect of stretching on the human body. The coloured shading in the black and white anatomy illustrations are particularly useful as they vividly display which muscles are being affected by the stretch. Both novice exercisers and fitness professionals will surely benefit from reading this reference guide.
 
Physical activity and health: the evidence explained (2nd edition)
(SIC call no.: RM725 .H337 2009)
Published by Routledge in 2009 and written by Adrianne E. Hardman and David J. Stensel, the book explains the relationship between physical activity, health and disease, and examines the advantages of exercise in the prevention and treatment of health conditions. The new edition is fully updated and revised, with well illustrated supporting tables. This book is a great textbook and reference for university students of sports science and medical practitioners.