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2024.05.24 Carljpg-02-01 Congratulations to Dr. Carl James and his friends at HKSI for published a nice article. "Real-time data from wearables is becoming the norm within our lives and especially within professional sport. Dr. Carl James and the Team at HKSI have published an expert statement about implementing different types of wearables in elite sport."   Click here for the full article.   2024.05.14 20240514_photo HKBU to present Distinguished Alumni Award to Chan King-yin (PERM Class of 2014) [Press Release] Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) announced today (14 May) that it will present its 9th Distinguished Alumni Award to Mr Chan King-yin, Ms Lo Koon-lan, Mr Stephen Yau How-boa and Professor Zheng Wanhua in recognition of their outstanding business, professional and scholarly achievements, as well as their service and contributions to the University and society. The award also aims to motivate students to learn from the awardees’ valuable experience and success. An award presentation ceremony will be held in June. The Selection Committee for the award was chaired by Dr Clement Chen, Chairman of the Council and the Court of HKBU, and its members included Dr Roy Chung, Founder and Chairman of Bright Future Charitable Foundation; Professor Alex Wai, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU; Dr Carrie Willis, Former Executive Director of the Vocational Training Council; and Miss Janet Wong, Former Commissioner for Innovation and Technology of the HKSAR Government.   Brief introduction to the Distinguished Alumni Award recipients Mr Chan King-yin Mr Chan King-yin serves as the Head Windsurfing Coach at the Hong Kong Sports Institute and the Head Coach of the Hong Kong Windsurfing Team. A former top-notch windsurfing athlete, he represented Hong Kong in numerous international competitions and achieved remarkable results. After retiring, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Recreation Management from HKBU in 2014. Having become a full-time athlete at the age of 16, Mr Chan is hailed as the “Son of the Wind” for his exceptional achievements over the years. His performances at the Asian Games were distinguished by winning two gold medals and one bronze medal in three consecutive Asian Games since 2002. At the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, he achieved the best-ever result for Hong Kong’s male athlete in windsurfing at the Olympic Games by ranking sixth. His accomplishments have earned him multiple honours, including three Hong Kong Sports Stars Awards in 2006, 2008 and 2010, as well as the Medal of Honour from the HKSAR Government in 2007. Mr Chan pursued his studies at HKBU following his retirement in 2011. Upon graduation, he joined the Hong Kong Sports Institute as a coach and took over the role of Head Coach in 2017, with a commitment to nurture the up-and-coming windsurfing talents in Hong Kong. Currently, he is leading his team in preparation for the Paris Olympic Games, with the hope to strive for excellent results and bring honour to Hong Kong. He remains grateful to his alma mater and has actively participated in its events and talks, including the SEED Talk and Alumni Sharing Forum, where he encouraged students and alumni to pursue their dreams with courage and strive for a better future.   Ms Lo Koon-lan Ms Lo Koon-lan is a distinguished actress in Hong Kong. Her exceptional acting performances have made her a well-known figure in the industry. Having graduated with a major in History from the Department of History and Geography at Hong Kong Baptist College, she further obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Studies in Hong Kong and a Master’s degree in East and West Theatre Studies in the United Kingdom. Ms Lo was the Principal Actress at the Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, where she performed in more than 100 dramas with over 2,000 shows staged, mostly as the lead actress. She has also participated in numerous films and television dramas. Throughout her acting career, Ms Lo has been highly recognised and earned numerous awards, including the Stage Actress of the Year at the Artist of the Year Awards in 1988, the Best Supporting Actress at the 14th Hong Kong Film Awards, the Best Actress at the Hong Kong Drama Awards in 1993, 1995 and 2017, and more. Since 2017, her role in Million Loves in Me won her numerous best actress awards at international independent film festivals. She was honoured with the Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award in 1994. In addition to her on-stage endeavours, Ms Lo is dedicated to drama education and nurturing young talents. She has taught at the School of Drama of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, and instructed drama creation and self-discovery workshops at universities including HKBU. She is keen on giving back to her alma mater by sharing her experience in seminars, serving as the emcee for the 40th anniversary celebration and performing in the alumni show for the 60th anniversary celebration. She was also an enthusiastic supporter of the 40th anniversary celebration of the Department of History where she served as the keynote speaker at the kick-off ceremony and masterminded a drama show for the celebration dinner.   Mr Stephen Yau How-boa Mr Stephen Yau graduated from the Department of Social Work at Hong Kong Baptist College. He also obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Law and a Master’s degree in Social Work from leading universities in Hong Kong, the Mainland and the United States. He is currently the Chief Executive of International Social Service Hong Kong Branch (ISS-HK) and the Asia-Pacific Regional Coordinator of International Social Service. Mr Yau has devoted untiring efforts to the social welfare sector for over four decades. As the leader of ISS-HK for many years, he has been dedicated to providing an extensive range of social services to a wide spectrum of individuals and families in the community. His unwavering commitment to serving the community has established him as a respected and influential leader in the sector. Additionally, he holds multiple public responsibilities, including Chairman of the Institute of Social Service Development, Chairman of the Football Training Centre Board of the Football Association of Hong Kong, China, and Adviser of the Steering Committee on Population Policy. In recognition of his significant contributions to the community and society, he was awarded the Medal of Honour, the Bronze Bauhinia Star, the Sliver Bauhinia Star and the Gold Bauhinia Star by the HKSAR Government in 2001, 2006, 2013 and 2021 respectively. Since his graduation, Mr Yau has maintained a strong and close connection with his alma mater. He has contributed his professional knowledge and insights to the University, serving as the Chairperson of the Advisory Committee of the Department of Social Work since 2011, as well as a member of the Alumni Committee of HKBU Foundation and the President of the HKBU Social Work Alumni Association. In 2008, he was conferred the Honorary University Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the University and the community.   Professor Zheng Wanhua Professor Zheng Wanhua graduated from the Department of Optics at Shandong University and subsequently received her Master’s degree at the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). In 1994, she pursued her studies at HKBU and obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in Physics in 1998.  Professor Zheng currently serves as a researcher at the Institute of Semiconductors and as the Director of the Key Laboratory of Solid-State Optoelectronics Information Technology at CAS. Professor Zheng’s research focuses mainly on artificial microstructure materials and semiconductor laser. She led her research team in pioneering the research on photonic crystal semiconductor lasers in the Mainland. Their work focused on developing the key principles and technological systems of high-performance photonic crystal laser chips. The independent intellectual property rights of the technology they established have laid a solid foundation for the development of high-end laser chips in the Mainland. Her achievements have been widely recognised with national, ministry and provincial level scientific awards and honours, including the second prize of the Beijing Science and Technology Award in 2013; the second prize of the National Technology Invention Awards, and the first prize of the Technology Innovation Award from the Chinese Society for Optical Engineering in 2017; the China Patent Gold Award in 2018, and the first prize of the Ministry-level Scientific and Technological Progress Award in 2020. She was also elected as an academician of the CAS in 2021, and as a deputy to the 14th National People’s Congress. As a doctoral supervisor, Professor Zheng has spared no effort in nurturing outstanding talents in the field of optoelectronic technology in the Mainland and has supervised over 50 Doctoral and Master’s degree students. She has always maintained a strong connection with her alma mater and currently serves as an Honorary Professor in the Department of Physics at HKBU.   The four Distinguished Alumni Award recipients include (from left) Mr Chan King-yin, Ms Lo Koon-lan, Mr Stephen Yau and Professor Zheng Wanhua.   Source: PRESS RELEASE 2024.04.16 438230595_892694109326291_7760146449213893504_n Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) have achieved excellent results at the 2023-24 Hong Kong USFHK Annual Prize Presentation Ceremony Congratulations to the seven student-athletes from Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) have achieved excellent results at the "2023-24 Hong Kong USFHK Annual Prize Presentation Ceremony". This year, the USFHK has introduced a new award called "Hall of Fame" to honour tertiary students who performed exceptionally well for Hong Kong in international competitions last year. Unfortunately, Cheung Ka Long, the USFHK Sportsman of the Year, could not attend the ceremony due to training out of town. However, he expressed his gratitude through a video message, thanking the USFHK for their support and recognition. He also thanked HKBU for supporting him in his studies and training throughout his sports career. He felt proud to have received the Sportsman Award and pledged to continue to bring glory to Hong Kong and pursue excellence.    2023-2024 USFHK Individual Champions: Cross Country Running: CHOI Wing Yan Woodball: CHOW Ting Yi   2023-2024 USFHK Sportsman of the Year: Fencing: CHEUNG Ka Long   2023-2024 USFHK Hall of Fame: Fencing: CHEUNG Ka Long Rugby: FORREST Shanna Sanman Triathlon: WONG Tsz To Windsurfing: NGAI Wai Yan Wushu: LAU Chi Lung   We are proud of these seven athletes who demonstrated exceptional skill and perseverance, earning unprecedented honours. Let us applaud their achievements and look forward to even more brilliant results in future games.                                                                                        2024.04.07 TN_Sport Accord 2024-01-01 Leading legal minds tackle athlete representation and rules for transgender athletes at LawAccord Posted on February 15, 2024 LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Legal experts tackling topical legal issues confronting IFs including athlete representation, rules for transgender athletes in international sport and how to ensure integrity in decision-making will come together at LawAccord, one of the four specialist streams at this year’s SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit. There will also be an opportunity to get the inside track on institutional developments, with a presentation and Q&A session from Matthieu Reeb, Director General of the Court of Arbitration for Sport; and Ross Wenzel, General Counsel at the World Anti-Doping Agency. The Sports Law Practice Group from Swiss law firm Kellerhals Carrard will provide an update on recent decisions from the European Court of Justice. Sport’s most influential industry gathering will take place from 7 to 11 April in Birmingham – West Midlands and bring together more than 1,500 leaders and key decision makers from over 120 International Federations (IFs), the International Olympic Committee and organisations involved in the business of sport.   Meet the speakers! Hear from sports law experts, including Áine Power, Deputy Legal Director at the International Equestrian Federation, who will share insights on involving athletes when drafting rules: “The ‘best’ rules are those that are formulated and drafted further to thorough consultation with the relevant stakeholders. It goes without saying that athletes are the key stakeholders in our sport – no athletes, no sport. Therefore, it is essential that we hear from the athletes as part of the rule revision process, it helps us ensure that our rules are fit for purpose.”   Prof Yannis Pitsiladis, Professor of Sport and Exercise Science at Hong Kong Baptist University and member of the IOC Medical and Scientific Commission, will provide a scientific perspective on regulating the participation of transgender athletes in elite sport: “Establishing policy for the inclusion of transgender athletes in elite sport is immensely challenging due to the need for a fair and non-discrimination policy of integration (inclusion), while considering physiological differences, hormone treatments and sport-specific demands, requiring nuanced assessments amidst our evolving scientific understanding.”   Original research:Strength, power and aerobic capacity of transgender athletes: a cross-sectional study is now live on British Journal of Sports Medicine.   Tanja Haug, Board Member of the Biathlon Integrity Unit will address the need for independent decision-making in international sport: “In sport, independent models are needed in all areas where integrity is at stake – where adherence to ethical values, unbiased decision-making, avoidance of conflicts of interest, accountability and transparency are crucial to ensure good governance and protect athletes and the future of sport. This applies in particular to the areas of anti-doping, safeguarding, competition manipulation, anti-corruption, vetting and election monitoring.” For the full list of speakers and topics please see the LawAccord programme:   A special one-day rate of CHF 600 is available to legal practitioners who wish to attend LawAccord only. If you are interested to attend, please send us an email at   LawAccord – join the world’s leading sports law experts and institutional leaders The delegate pass for World Sport & Business Summit 2024 is available at the rate of CHF 2,000 until 29 February 2024, and will increase to CHF 2,500 from 1 March. Click here to register now.   Partners The SportAccord World Sport & Business Summit 2024 is supported by a number of partners and suppliers: Gold Partner: Sport Event Denmark Silver Partners: EventScotland, Explore Edmonton, Tourism & Events Queensland Bronze Partner:Sport Liverpool Official Suppliers: DB Schenker, Wiz-Team   2024.03.28 20231214_Tadas_KaLong_KaHo_16X9 Empowering athletes in pursuit of sports and education Empowering athletes in pursuit of sports and education 28 Mar 2024   Click photo to play the video   When people think of universities, they usually think about learning and research. Apart from studies, sports are also a key part of university life at HKBU. Besides offering 24 sports teams for students to develop their skills and talents in sports, HKBU has been conducting sport science research and offering comprehensive and diversified sport science and management programmes to nurture sporting talent.   Dedicated to supporting the development of sports in Hong Kong, HKBU launched the Elite Athletes Admission Scheme (EAAS) in 2016 and has since supported many elite athletes in their pursuit of a university education with flexible study arrangements. In 2022, the University introduced the Talented Athletes Direct Admission Scheme (TADAS) in response to the Student-Athlete Learning Support and Admission Scheme launched by the University Grants Committee.   Olympic gold medallist fencer Cheung Ka-long is one of the top athletes admitted to HKBU through TADAS. Between schoolwork and fencing in international competitions, university life has been, without a doubt, very hectic for Ka-long, and yet he has been able to keep up with his studies under the University’s flexible learning arrangement.   “As I frequently travel overseas for competitions, HKBU has offered flexible study arrangements to meet my needs, so that the schedules of competitions, assignments and exams won’t overlap,” says Ka-long. “In addition, teaching assistants help me set up my learning schedule to ensure I can make progress in my studies.”   Both in sports and academics, hard work is a key for athletes to thrive. Handball player Cheung Ka-ho, who is a student of the Physical Education and Recreation Management programme, notes that student athletes often face intense pressure as they try to compete at a high level while also pursuing their academic goals. He appreciates that HKBU supports student athletes with academic counselling, psychological coaching and career planning. “This gives us more confidence and motivation to take up different challenges. I believe that these measures are very important to student athletes’ growth and development, which also shows the University’s care and support to students,” he says.   Source: Discover HKBU