Shuttlecock team's valiant effort in Games debut
Hong Kong shuttlecock team members with their coaches and manager at the Games
By Kevin Kung
Hong Kong's shuttlecock team of five boys and five girls participated in several events (singles, doubles, mixed doubles and team) at the 11th All China Secondary Schools Students' Games in Baotou, Inner Mongolia. This was the first time a local shuttlecock team had competed in the Games.
The sport, which sees players kicking a shuttlecock over a net with their feet - not racquets - is very popular on the mainland. Macau also have a strong team. Hong Kong were the underdogs but they still tried their best at the event's venue, the gymnasium in Baotou No9 Middle School.
The boys' top player, Leung Kwan-ho, said about his team's performance: "Although we lost to all three opponents in Group D of the boys' team competition, we had a very close score against Jiangxi and Chongqing." He and his partner, Choi Ka-ming, claimed the only victory for the team in the boys' doubles, beating Guangxi 2-0.
Kwan-ho also partnered Sze Ching-suen in the mixed doubles. Young Post watched the mixed doubles event and Ching-suen appeared to be nervous on court. The experience will help her learn how to play under pressure.
Captain Chan Hiu-lam was satisfied with the team's performance. She had a stomach bug just before she flew to Baotou, but she insisted on competing, and did well in the mixed doubles. Hiu-lam and her partner, Ng Chi-ming, were eventually knocked out of the mixed doubles by an Inner Mongolian pair in the last 16 round.