Persistence, Struggles and Passion / 堅持、拼搏與熱情

It was the 16th of October. The beautiful sunshine had predicted what a lovely day it would be for the Professor Edmond Ko Cup (PEK Cup) Inter-hall Athletic Competition 2016/17. 
 
It was easy to be affected by the excitement in the air. All seats in the spectator stand of Joint Sports Centre were occupied. The loud and passionate cheering from different halls rang across the venue. Everyone knew that the “competition” had already started by the first yell. Yet each hall still managed to respect its rivals without interruption. Young athletes warmed up by the tracks and those who had just finished a race sat around and rested.  The endless sweat and heavy breath couldn’t hide the passion on their faces.
 
The major events in the afternoon were the Inter-hall 4 x 100m relay, 4 x 400m relay, and 1,500m track. As soon as the pistol went off, our hall representatives rushed along their lanes like a dozen of shooting arrows. Spectators fixed their eyes on the running figures and cheered for them ceaselessly. The cheering teams yelled out their hall slogans ever so loudly as the athletes approached the finishing line. “Look! That person is so fast! He was 70 metres behind and now he is catching up!” Their yells seemed to have infused energy into the athletes. All 4 x 100m relays finished within 2 minutes. It was not only a demonstration of amazing speed, but also about the unspoken coordination and strategies among teammates.
Warming up。 / 熱身運動。
Prof. Horace IP (Vice-president [Student Affairs]), Mrs. Bonny IP (Residence Master, Chan Sui Kau Hall) and the cheering team of CSK Hall. / 副校長(學生事務)葉豪盛教授、陳瑞球堂舍監葉嚴仁敏女士及一眾陳瑞球堂的啦啦隊成員。

精力充沛的滙豐業昕堂啦啦隊。 / The energetic cheering team of HSBC Prosperity Hall.
The energetic cheering team of HSBC Prosperity Hall. / 精力充沛的滙豐業昕堂啦啦隊。
I interviewed some athletes off track to learn about their inspiring stories.
 
HUI Ho Yin, a Year 3 Business Analysis resident from Alumni Civility Hall, was taking a rest with a bandage on his left foot. “I got injured when I did Thai boxing the other day.” He told me.
“Are you still going to participate in the relay? “ I asked as he massaged his foot in pain.
“Of course, I’ve just finished the 4 x 100 and I will be participating in the 4 x 400 later. I was running faster than our back-up runners so I don’t want to get cold feet. My feet hurt after the 4 x 100 so I am taking a rest now. This may be the last time I participate in hall relays. I truly hope I can be known by more people!”
Hall 10’s women’s team for 4 x 100m Relay: Jemmima Richard GONSALVES, Maria KRUTOVA, Anatasia STULBA and CHEN Yiran. / 舍堂十4 x 100米接力跑的女子隊隊員Jemmima Richard GONSALVES、Maria KRUTOVA、Anatasia STULBA 及陳怡然。
 The women’s team of Hall 10 in the 4 x 100 relay was consisted of three foreign girls and one Chinese. They were Maria KRUTOVA (Year 3, Information Systems) and Anatasia STULBA (Year 3, New Media) from Russia, Jemmima Richard GONSALVES (Year 1, Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering) from India and CHEN Yiran (Year 2, Energy Science & Engineering) from China. They gave a high-five to one another after the relay as a pat on the back. “Of course we were nervous. We were representing our halls!” The girls said, “What motivated us were the support from our teammates and the cheering from our hallmates.”
 
LEUNG Man Wan (Year 3, Chinese) from Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall participated in the 1500m event. When asked whether she felt nervous, she said, “Sure I was because I was afraid to be the last one, but the result was not too bad. I ranked 4th in the group. I’ve just recovered from a fever so I worried about falling and fainting. I just kept telling myself to keep running because I didn’t want to walk to the finish line. That would be too pathetic. If I couldn’t be the fastest one, at least I could try my best.”
 
WONG Ka Man (Year 3, Information Systems), who is also from Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall, took part in the 4 x 100m. She wiped off her sweat with a towel, still displaying high energy after the relay, “ The result was a little bit disappointing because I didn’t play as well as I expected. It was normal to feel nervous when we stepped onto the track. I tried to relax and focus on running. I think the most important thing for athletes is the spirit: we never quit halfway even though we may end as the last person crossing the finish line.”
 
The women’s team from Chan Sui Kau Hall won the championship of the 4 x 100m relay. So how did the champion team feel? Natalie TSE (Year 1, Applied Social Science), FUNG Tsz Wing (Year 2, Chinese & History), YEUNG King Ting (Year 1, Applied Social Science) and CHUA Yan Ching (Year 2, Social work) all spoke at once, “Actually we were not so nervous as we were there for each other. As we ran, the only thing in our minds was the constant reminder of not tripping over! Our team members are excellent! Two of us are good at cross-country and rugby. One of us actually tripped accidentally during practice and injured her knees terribly.” “Well, it still hurt when I ran, but I didn’t want to slow down the team speed. That’s the kind of pain I can tolerate!” The four girls collapsed into laughter, enjoying the satisfaction and and happiness they gained from the win. 
 
I must say our athletes are most respected for their pursue for excellence, spirit and efforts, as resonated by our Vice-president (Student Affairs), Prof. Horace IP, “I felt the power of youth and the spirit of struggle from these young athletes. They have taken more efforts than others to strike a balance between studying and training. They have to manage their time well and develop a team spirit. The mental well-being is highly important. I think any experiences as athletes are greatly beneficial to self-development.” And this is exactly the deep meaning underlying the Athlete Meet.
Winners of the Inter-hall 4 x 100m Men’s Relay: Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall, Jockey Club Harmony Hall, and Hall 11.   / 舍際男子4×100米接力跑的得獎者們:胡應湘爵士伉儷堂、賽馬會群萃堂及舍堂十一。
 
Finally, the following are the results of this year’s competition:
  • 4 x 100m Men’s Relay: Champion – Jockey Club Harmony Hall (Hall 7), 1st Runner-up – Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall (Hall 9), 2nd Runner-up – Hall 11, 3rd Runner-up – Jockey Club Humanity Hall (Hall 1)
  • 4 x 100m Women’s Relay: Champion – Chan Sui Kau Hall (Hall 5), 1st Runner-up – Jockey Club Harmony Hall (Hall 7), 2nd Runner-up – Jockey Club Humanity Hall (Hall 1), 3rd Runner-up – Jockey Club Academy Hall (Hall 4)
  • The Most Participation Awards (from all Athletic Meet events): Champion – Hall 11, 1st Runner-up – Lee Shau Kee Hall (Hall 6), 2nd Runner-up – Alumni Civility Hall (Hall 3)
Congratulations to all!
Writer:   Betty WANG (Hall 10)
Translator:   Joanna CHEN (Hall 10)
Photographers:   Jason TSE, Derek KWAN (SRO), Hydie CHEUNG (SRO)
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10月16日,天朗氣清,陽光明媚,看天氣就知道今天是個好日子,對啦,大家準備已久期待已久的高彥鳴教授盃舍際接力跑比賽開幕啦!快隨小編去現場看看吧!

剛踏進聯校運動中心,馬上就被這種熱烈又緊張的氣氛感染。二樓的觀眾席早已被佔滿,各個舍堂氣勢十足地喊著口號,為運動員們加油打氣,大家互相暗暗較著勁兒,但還是默契地此起彼伏,對嘛,尊重對手要從啦啦隊做起。跑道上有運動員在練習和熱身,跑道旁的休息室周圍三三兩兩坐著剛比完賽在休息的運動員們,他們雖然跑的滿頭大汗,但神色之間看不出疲倦,反而神采奕奕。

下午的主要項目是舍際4 x 100米、隊伍4 x 400米接力賽與1,500米等田徑賽。發令槍一響,仿佛觸動了某根弦,運動員們像利箭一般飛出去, 觀眾們緊緊盯著場上那幾抹小小的卻堅定的身影,心被他們牽引著,不停為他們讚歎:「你看,那個人好快,剛才落下70米轉眼就要趕上了!」在接近終點時,啦啦隊更是為運動員們搖旗吶喊,他們的加油聲真的為運動員注入了能量,兩分鐘左右的時間便完成一組的4 x 100米的比賽。接力賽不僅考驗速度,更考驗彼此的默契和戰略部署,如何交接,哪位運動員負責哪一棒等等。

Run, run, run! / 跑跑跑!
Runner. / 跑手。

在場下,小編有幸採訪到一些運動員,聽著他們的故事,每個人都讓小編感動又振奮。

小編遇見校友樂禮堂許浩賢同學(商業分析系三年級)的時候,他左腳上纏著紗布,正在養傷。「這個啊,是前幾天打泰拳的時候傷了神經。」

「那你還要上場嗎?(看著很痛)」

「當然要啊,我剛跑完4 x 100,一會還有4 x 400要跑,因為在選拔的時候我的成績比後補選手要好,所以想堅持一下,不想臨陣退縮吧。跑完4 x 100腳痛的厲害,所以休息一下。這也許是我最後一次代表Hall參加比賽呢,我想讓大家認識我!」

Alumni Civility Hall won the 3rd place of the Most Participation Awards. / 喜獲陸運會最佳參與獎第三名的校友樂禮堂。

舍堂十女子4 x 100米接力隊伍是三個外國女孩和一個本地女孩的組合,由來自俄羅斯的Maria KRUTOVA(資訊系統系三年級)及Anatasia STULBA(新媒體系三年級)、印度的Jemmima Richard GONSALVES(機械及生物醫學工程系一年級)和中國的陳怡然(能源科學及工程系二年級)組成。她們的感情很好,跑完下場之後擊掌合照,互相鼓勵:「會緊張的,畢竟代表的不是自己,而是整個舍堂,不過在場上我們不是一個人,還有隊友並肩作戰,拉拉隊也給了我們很大勇氣。訓練的時候都在晚上,今天太熱了,發揮不太好。」

胡應湘爵士伉儷堂運動員梁文韻(中文系三年級)參加的是女子1500米賽跑。被問到上場時是否緊張時,她回答:「緊張呀,怕跑最後一名,不過結果還好啦,我這一組第四名。前一段日子生病,現在剛剛好,所以怕自己暈倒,就跟自己說,要堅持著跑到最後,停下來走到終點太難看了。如果速度不是最快的,那麼就拼耐力吧。」

同樣來自應湘堂的王嘉敏(資訊系統系三年級)參加的則是女子4 x 100米接力。她用毛巾擦著汗,剛剛結束比賽但是仍舊活力十足:「結果有些失望啦,發揮的沒有預期好。上場有點緊張的,所以跑步的時候放空自己,什麼也不去想,分神只會限制實力的。運動員最重要的就是一種精神吧,哪怕最後一名,也絕對不可以中途放棄。」

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Brian CHAU, Natalie TSE, Will HAI, and Natalie CHAN CHOW from Chan Sui Kau Hall showed care to their fellow athletes and cheering members by grabbing a boxful of ice-creams and goodies after the races. / 陳瑞球堂的周厚仁、謝凱蕎、奚霆威和周詠殷發揮大愛,在賽後跑到鄰近的便利店裡搜購了一大箱雪糕雪條和零食,以慰勞在烈日下努力發揮的跑手們和啦啦隊。

作為高彥鳴教授盃今年第一炮賽事,陳瑞球堂的女子4 x 100米隊伍勇奪冠軍。作為冠軍隊伍是怎樣的體驗呢?小妮子謝凱蕎(犯罪學系三年級)、馮子穎 (中文及歷史系二年級)、楊景婷(應用社會科學系一年級)和蔡仁靖(社會工作系二年級)七嘴八舌地說:「不是很緊張呀,因為隊友們都在,比賽時候想的只是不要跌倒!我們的隊員很優秀的,其中兩位分別擅長越野跑和橄欖球。因為其中其中一位隊員在訓練時不小心摔倒,膝蓋現在還是觸目驚心的傷口。」「嗯,其實跑的時候有些痛,可是不能連累隊友們呀,所以忍忍就好了。」四個女孩子笑成一團,她們樂觀陽光,也有得了冠軍的喜悅和滿足。

採訪下來,小編深深覺得,運動員們最了不起的是,他們的追求,他們的精神,他們的付出和辛苦。採訪中,副校長(學生事務)葉豪盛教授對運動員們更是讚不絕口:「看著這群年輕人啊,我感受到了青春,能量和拼搏,參與支持的學生十分的熱烈。運動員們是很不容易的,他們要兼顧讀書和訓練,時間管理很重要,他們需要有團隊精神,需要良好的心理素質去參與競爭,反過來說,人生中有一段運動員的經歷對這些品格的養成和以後的發展也是很有好處的。」我想,這也是運動會更深層次的意義所在吧。

最後,跟大家通報一下最關心的舍際比賽的名次:

  • 4 x 100米【男子組】:冠軍賽馬會群萃堂(Hall 7),亞軍胡應湘爵士伉儷堂(Hall 9),季軍舍堂十一(Hall 11),殿軍賽馬會敬賢堂(Hall 1)。
  • 4 x 100米【女子組】:冠軍陳瑞球堂(Hall 5),亞軍賽馬會群萃堂(Hall 7),季軍賽馬會敬賢堂(Hall 1),殿軍賽馬會群智堂(Hall 4)。
  • 陸運會最佳參與獎:冠軍舍堂十一(Hall 11),亞軍李兆基堂(Hall 6),季軍校友樂禮堂(Hall 3)。

恭喜恭喜!

文:   王琪 (舍堂十)
攝:   謝文峰、關允聰 (學生宿舍處)、 張凱貽 (學生宿舍處)

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