HKSI Signs Co-operative Agreement with United States Bowling Congress
Dr Trisha Leahy, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) (3rd from left) and Neil Stremmel, Managing Director of United States Bowling Congress (USBC) (3rd from right) sign the co-operative agreement, witnessed by Jonathan McKinley, Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs (1st from left), Tang Kwai-nang, Vice-Chairman of the HKSI (2nd from left), Vivien Lau Chiang-chu, Chairman of Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress (2nd from right) and Bill Hoffman, Director of International Development of USBC (1st from right). Read More
With the Co-operative Agreement between the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) and the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) officially signed, Tang Kwai-nang, Vice-Chairman of the HKSI (middle), Dr Trisha Leahy, Chief Executive of the HKSI (4th from left) and other officiating guests, Jonathan McKinley, Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs (5th from left), Neil Stremmel, Managing Director of USBC (5th from right), Vivien Lau Chiang-chu, Chairman of Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress (3rd from right), and Bill Hoffman, Director of International Development of USBC (4th from right), representatives of organisations concerned, as well as Hong Kong tenpin bowling athletes Wu Siu-hong (2nd from left), Tseng Tak-hin (1st from right) and Yeung Wai-ki (1st from left) are all pleased with the co-operation. Read More
The Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) today (19 June) signed a Co-operative Agreement with the United States Bowling Congress (USBC). Thanks to the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress who facilitated the link, the signing signifies the establishment of a long term partnership between the HKSI and the USBC in the exchange of high performance training, sports medicine and sports science research, testing and scientific data.
The Signing Ceremony was officiated by Jonathan McKinley, Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs, Tang Kwai-nang, Vice-Chairman of the HKSI and Vivien Lau Chiang-chu, Chairman of the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress. Neil Stremmel, Managing Director of the USBC and Dr Trisha Leahy, Chief Executive of the HKSI represented the two organisations for the signing of the Co-operative Agreement.
Tang Kwai-nang expressed his support for the co-operation and said, "The Co-operative Agreement to be signed today is essential for both hardware and software development and maintenance of our new Tenpin Bowling Centre which is about to be completed. In order to provide an environment in which elite athletes can realise their full potential and to achieve their highest level of sports performance, exchange of knowledge in areas like sports science research, high level sports training, related sports technology applications and talent identification programmes plays an important role. Together with all the hard work and effort of athletes themselves and support from coaches, the co-operation with the USBC will definitely facilitate and enhance the elite athletes' performance."
At the ceremony, Neil Stremmel expressed, "Both organisations are dedicated to providing professional support to the development of bowling. The USBC serves almost two million youth and adult members in the United States and the International Training and Research Center (ITRC) under the governance of USBC is well equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and technologies. The long-term co-operation in exchanging athletes and expertise on various areas between the two organisations will benefit both the Hong Kong and the USA teams."
Vivien Lau Chiang-chu also appreciated the collaboration and said, "Thanks to the Government's HK$1.8 billion funding for the redevelopment of the HKSI, the new HKSI Tenpin Bowling Centre will be a state-of-the-art technical training centre for elite athletes. The Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress has been delighted to facilitate this partnership between the HKSI and the USBC, and we foresee a continuous improvement in the standard of our tenpin bowling athletes."
Hong Kong tenpin bowling athletes, Wu Siu-hong, Tseng Tak-hin and Yeung Wai-ki also shared their experiences and insights from their training at the ITRC earlier this year. Wu said, "The training was rewarding and we are all impressed by the world-class facilities and technologies at the ITRC." Tseng and Yeung echoed Wu's views and looked forward to further training opportunities at the ITRC, and training with other National Teams from Asia, when the new Tenpin Bowling Centre at the HKSI is completed and in operation.