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2023.11.03 20231103_1 HKBU celebrates student athletes’ remarkable performance at Asian Games  Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) held the “Cheers to HKBU Asian Games Athletes” reception today (3 November) to celebrate HKBU athletes’ achievements and remarkable performance at the Asian Games and Asian Para Games held in Hangzhou in September and October. This year, HKBU athletes produced an impressive score sheet of one gold, two silver and four bronze medals in the Asian Games and the Asian Para Games. The medalists include Cheung Ka-long, a gold and bronze medallist in the Men’s Foil Individual and Team event respectively; Ma Kwan-ching, a silver medallist in the Women’s Windsurfing – iQFoil event; Ngan Wai-yan, a silver medallist in the Women’s RS:X Windsurfing event; Forrest Shanna Sanman, a bronze medallist in the Women’s Rugby Sevens; Wong Tsz-to, a bronze medallist in the Triathlon Mixed Relay event; and Chan Ho-yuen, who earned a bronze medal in the Men’s Singles WH2 Badminton event at the Asian Para Games. All of them are students of HKBU’s Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Physical Education and Recreation Management programme.   HKBU alumni also shone at the Games. Ho Yuen-kei won a silver medal in the mixed BC3 Doubles Boccia event; and Wong Chun-yim secured a silver and a bronze medal in the Men’s Singles SH6 Badminton event and the Men’s Doubles SH6 Badminton event respectively. At today’s reception, Dr Clement Chen, Chairman of the Council and the Court of HKBU, presented scholarships to the University’s medallists and participants of the Games totalling around HK$1.2 million in recognition of their exemplary performances.   In his welcome address, Professor Alexander Wai, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU, said that: “HKBU had an unprecedented number of over 30 athletes participated in the Asian Games and Asian Para Games this time. They exhibited immense determination, gave their best, and fought hard in the competitions until the last moment, embodying the true spirit of sportsmanship. Their efforts were inspiring and deserve our admiration.   “It is encouraging to see that the University's commitment to supporting elite athletes bears fruit. With the introduction of the ‘Talented Athletes Direct Admission Scheme’ as well as the learning and teaching support services provided by different units of the University, not only can our student athletes pursue academic studies while realising their full potentials in sports, they also play significant contributions to the sports scene in Hong Kong.”   Cheung Ka-long, Wong Tsz-to and Ho Yuen-kei were invited to share their inspiring journey to success at the Asian Games at the reception. The event also featured an array of engaging game booths which included a basketball shooting machine, a showcase of fencing equipment, a windsurfing balance game, and a rowing game. They enabled the attending students to immerse themselves in various sports experiences.   HKBU is committed to promoting the development of sports in Hong Kong and providing comprehensive support to Hong Kong athletes. Over the years, the University has been conducting sport science research, and it offers comprehensive and diversified sport science and management programmes to nurture sporting talent for Hong Kong. In 2016, the University established the Elite Athletes Admission Scheme (EAAS), and in 2022, it introduced the Talented Athletes Direct Admission Scheme (TADAS) in response to the Student-Athlete Learning Support and Admission Scheme (SALSA Scheme) launched by the University Grants Committee. These initiatives aim to provide flexible study arrangements for outstanding athletes in Hong Kong.   - Dr Clement Chen, Chairman of the Council and the Court of HKBU (fifth right, first row) and Professor Alexander Wai, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU, present scholarships to the HKBU athletes. -(From left) Alumna Ho Yuen-kei; Mr Man Yue-hin, Manager, Hong Kong Athletes Career and Education Department, Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China; Professor Alexander Wai, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU; Mr Liu Maozhou, Inspector of Department of Education and Technology, Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the HKSAR; Dr Clement Chen, Chairman of the Council and the Court of HKBU; students Cheung Ka-long and Wong Tsz-to take a photo at the ceremony. -(From left) Wong Tsz-to, Cheung Ka-long and Ho Yuen-kei share their inspiring journey to success at the Asian Games at the reception.   Source: HKBU Press Release     2023.10.31 DSC_0850_r Two alumni named among Ten Outstanding Young Persons Wilson Cheung and Ho Yuen-kei, an alumnus of the Bachelor of Physical Education and Recreation Management programme and alumna of the Bachelor of Social Sciences in China Studies programme respectively, have been named among the Ten Outstanding Young Persons this year in recognition of their extraordinary endeavours, remarkable achievements and strong fighting spirit.   From exploration to glacier research Wilson Cheung is the world’s first Chinese polar expedition expert. He currently works at the Ice Climate and Environment Lab at Queen’s University in Canada. In partnership with Parks Canada, his research aims to assess multi-decadal glacier area and volume change using remote sensing techniques, and develop a sustainable, field-based glacier monitoring approach for the future.   Wilson has enjoyed exploring nature since childhood, having grown up in a rural area near Fanling. During his time at HKBU, he seized every opportunity to travel overseas and expand his horizons. He went to Antarctica for the first time in 2007 as a student on an expedition organised by an environmental group.   After graduating, he spent years exploring the world in various roles, including leading expeditions across the Arctic and Antarctic, and working as a mountain, ski and sea kayaking guide in the remote areas. He has also provided consultancy services for polar scientific research teams. To further his knowledge about the polar regions, he studied polar and marine science in Russia, followed by geosciences and glaciology in Germany.   Eager to raise environmental awareness, Wilson established Ecobus, a non-profit organisation that brings students to marine and country parks to learn conservation. He also co-founded the Asia Youth Alpine Mentors Program to train young people as alpinists and polar explorers.   - Wilson Cheung, an alumnus of the Bachelor of Physical Education and Recreation Management programme, is the world’s first Chinese polar expedition expert.   Overcoming barriers with perseverance and positivity Another awardee of this year’s Ten Outstanding Young Persons is alumna Ho Yuen-kei, a member of the Boccia Team of Hong Kong, China.   Yuen-kei was born with spinal muscular atrophy, a condition that makes walking difficult and leaves her more physically vulnerable than the average person. When she was in junior high school, she was introduced to the sport boccia, which has since become an indispensable part of her life. In 2008, she was inducted into the Hong Kong, China team. The next year, she represented Hong Kong, China for the first time in the Asian Youth Paralympic Games. In 2016, she achieved her dream of taking part in the Paralympics, and she was the first Hong Kong athlete to compete in the BC3 boccia classification, for athletes with significant limitations in their arms and legs. She also competed in the boccia competitions at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.   Yuen-kei is currently ranked first in the individual world rankings. Although her path to sporting success is not particularly smooth, she reminds herself to never give up in face of difficulties. Her motto is: “As long as you have the abilities, use them and do not limit yourself.” With her perseverance, optimism and positivity, she was selected by the Regeneration Society as one of its Regeneration Warriors 2015-2016, and she is always happy to share her own story to inspire others.   The Ten Outstanding Young Persons Selection has been organised by the Junior Chamber International Hong Kong since 1970. The award recognises young people who excel in their professional endeavours and commitment to the community. It also promotes role models who shape a better future through their personal achievements as well as public services.   - Ho Yuen-kei, an alumna of the Bachelor of Social Sciences in China Studies programme, is a member of the Boccia Team of Hong Kong, China.   Source: Discover HKBU 2023.10.12 3ed17aa5d9475bc9fe0f0a2f3b5fba40 Madam Kwok Chung Bo Fun PhD Student Research Excellence Awards 2023/24 Ms FENG Jie, a PhD student from the Department of Sport, Physical Education and Health, has been honoured with the second prize of Madam Kwok Chung Bo Fun PhD Student Research Excellence Awards (The Awards) in 2023/24.   The Awards, established with the generous support of the Madam Kwok Chung Po Fun Foundation, aim to acknowledge and reward research excellence and important research achievements of our PhD students. Each Faculty/School nominated a PhD student who has demonstrated exceptional research accomplishments and ability. The final score was determined by an 80% contribution from a panel assessment and a 20% contribution from the audience at the awards ceremony after the 3-minutes presentation conducted by each nominee on 5 October 2023.     Source: SOSC News and Events 2023.10.07 WhatsApp Image 2023-10-09 at 17.29.52_6a0abe5a Information Day 2023 Information Day 2023   Booth & Fitness Testing Station             B.A. (Hons) in Physical Education & Recreation Management (PERM) Programme Briefing & Admission Scheme - Talented Athletes Direct Admission Scheme (TADAS) Briefing                                   Laboratory Session                                  2023.09.19 20230906_photo_TADAS_edited_00139_r [Discover HKBU] Siblings spar without rivalry: Wushu athletes’ shared journey through sport and education [Discover HKBU] - Siblings spar without rivalry: Wushu athletes’ shared journey through sport and education 18 Sep 2023   Growing up, Lau Tsz-lung enjoyed very much playing the video game Romance of the Three Kingdoms. One character, Zhao Yun, a general renowned for his combat prowess and spear skills, particularly captivated his imagination. So impressed was he with this character that he changed his name to Tsz-lung, mirroring Zhao Yun’s courtesy name, and started taking spear training lessons. His pursuit of martial arts was further fueled by the film, Ip Man, which left him and his younger sister, Lau Po-yan, fascinated by the martial arts techniques portrayed on-screen. Together, they embarked on a shared journey of learning martial arts, and they are now members of the Wushu Team of Hong Kong, China.   This summer, the siblings took part in the FISU World University Games 2023 held in Chengdu, where Tsz-lung brought home a silver medal in the Men’s Nanquan competition. He has now set his sights on the Asian Games, which is held in Hangzhou starting from late September. “I’m very excited and, at the same time, nervous, as this is my first time participating in the Asian Games. I hope to be able to perform my best and enjoy the competition,” he says.   Lau Tsz-lung and his sister Lau Po-yan are elite Wushu athletes who have been admitted to HKBU’s Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Physical Education and Recreation Management programme through the Talented Athletes Direct Admission Scheme.   Tsz-lung is gearing up for the Men’s Nanquan competition at the Asian Games, which is held in Hangzhou starting from late September. While he is gearing up for the games, Po-yan is preparing for a different challenge of her own. Admitted to HKBU through the University’s Talented Athletes Direct Admission Scheme (TADAS), she has recently begun her first semester as an undergraduate of the Physical Education and Recreation Management programme. HKBU launched the TADAS in 2022 pursuant to the introduction of the Student-Athlete Learning Support and Admission Scheme by the University Grants Committee. TADAS is specifically designed for local talented athletes who wish to study at HKBU to achieve their full potential in both their sports and academic work.   Tsz-lung, who was admitted to HKBU through TADAS last year, has been able to keep up with his studies under the University’s flexible study arrangement despite an intense training and competition schedule. “When I need to attend overseas training and competitions, I will communicate with the teachers in advance and they will arrange online classes for me. In some instances where I couldn’t make it to the group presentations in-person, I would make an individual presentation instead,” he says. For Po-yan, following her brother’s footsteps in both athletic pursuits and academic goals have opened up doors for her and inspired her to be better. While she is focused on enhancing her athletic performance to take part in more major competitions in the future, she believes she can strike a balance between studying and training. She says: “I find the learning atmosphere of HKBU fitting for my needs, and I appreciate the University’s efforts to adjust the learning schedule to accommodate my training programme.”   Po-yan is focused on enhancing her athletic performance to take part in more major competitions in the future. Dr Hon Sze-sze (centre) introduces the Talented Athletes Direct Admission Scheme and the learning support provided for the student athletes. Besides flexible learning arrangements, the University also supports elite student athletes with personalised mentorship, academic advice, psychological counselling and career planning. Student athletes are also allowed to extend their study period so that they can pursue their academic studies and develop their sporting careers at the same time.   Dr Hon Sze-sze, Lecturer I of the Department of Sport, Physical Education and Health, says: “Teaching assistants, who are assigned to support the student athletes, will follow up on their learning such as coordinating study arrangements when the athletes have competitions. We also understand that the pressure of competition can take a toll on athletes’ mental health, therefore we pay attention to the student athletes’ emotions and provide counselling if necessary.” After practising martial arts at a top level for years, both Tsz-lung and Po-yan think that the sport has offered them important lessons in life, especially through the appreciation of the virtue of martial arts. Po-yan says, “Learning martial arts helps me learn how to defend and protect myself, but we don’t use these skills to fight or attack others.” Tsz-lung also adds that the sport has strengthened his ability to handle stress. “As athletes, we have grappled with pressure from competitions starting from an early age, and we have learnt how to cope with pressure and build a positive mindset,” he says.   Source: Discover HKBU