2019 Jockey Club Hong Kong Coaching Awards Online Recognition for Over 200 Outstanding Sports Coaches
The 2019 Jockey Club Hong Kong Coaching Awards presentation ceremony was held online for the first time on the Hong Kong Sports Institute’s (HKSI) social media platforms today, unveiling a list of 205 awardees. The purpose is to recognise the dedication of coaches in nurturing Hong Kong athletes to pursue outstanding sporting results at both regional and international sporting arena, and their contribution in developing sport across the community and school levels in 2019.
The nominations across several categories broke last edition’s record. The Hong Kong Coaching Committee (HKCC) received 246 nominations to compete for the 2019 Awards in seven categories, namely Coach of the Year Awards, Distinguished Services Award for Coaching, Coach Education Award, Best Team Sport Coach Award, Coaching Excellence Awards, Community Coach Recognition Awards and School Coach Recognition Awards.
Mr Tsui Ying-wai JP, Secretary for Home Affairs, Mr Bryan Wong, Head of Charities (Grant Making) of The Hong Kong Jockey Club and Mr Hui Yung-chung BBS JP, Chairman of the Hong Kong Coaching Committee officiated at the Ceremony.
Mr Hui expressed his gratitude for the hard work of coaches in his welcoming speech. He said, “Hong Kong athletes achieved outstanding results on the world stage in 2019, winning over 260 medals from international competitions, namely the National Youth Games, the National Games for Persons with Disabilities, World Championships and Asian Championships. All these cannot be achieved without the tireless support and nurture from coaches throughout the years.” He also encouraged people to stay strong in the face of the pandemic. “When the going gets tough, the tough get going. The postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games are not too far from now, I wish Hong Kong teams can excel at different levels of competitions.”
Mr Bryan Wong, Head of Charities (Grant Making) of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, said that The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust supports different kinds of sports projects to encourage the participation of people of different abilities, ages and backgrounds. Coaches play an important role in offering training to athletes, the education sector and the broader community, through which they inspire students and the public to cultivate a lifelong sporting habit. The Hong Kong Jockey Club congratulates and thanks the award-winning coaches for supporting the well-rounded development of athletes and promoting healthy living among the public.
The Coach of the Year Awards (COY) was one of the highlights of the presentation ceremony. The list of awardees concluded as follows: Shen Jinkang (Cycling) in the senior athletes, individual sport category; Liew Nammin (Para Badminton -Physical Disability) in the senior athletes, team event category; Herve Dagorne (Cycling) in the junior athletes, individual sport category; while Dick Leung (Squash) in the junior athletes, team event category.
Coach Shen Jinkang was awarded the COY title for 11 times since 2000. Thanks to his leadership, elite cycling athletes such as Lee Wai-sze and Mow Ching-yin attained top places at various international competitions in 2019, brought home 9 gold medals from the Asian Track Championships, the UCI Track Cycling World Championships and the UCI Track Cycling World Cup.
Coach Liew Nammin is the Head Para Badminton Coach at the Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled. Under his guidance, Chu Man-kai and Wong Chun-yim won 6 gold medals at the Para-Badminton World Championships and the Para-Badminton International held respectively in China, Turkey and Canada etc. Such a remarkable achievement brought Coach Liew his debut COY title.
Cycling Coach Herve Dagorne also named COY on his first nomination. He led junior athletes Lee Sze-wing, Vivien Chiu and Tsoi Kai-kwong to win 5 gold 3 silver 1 bronze at the 2nd National Youth Games, the Asian Road Championships and the Asian Track Championships.
Coach Dick Leung has been contributing to Hong Kong Squash by nurturing many young players. Under his coaching, the junior squash team delivered concrete results in 2019, including a bronze medal in the Girls under 19 category at the World Junior Team Championships and 1 silver 1 bronze in the Girls’ Team and Boys’ Team at the Asian Junior Team Championships. All these contributed to his sixth COY title.
Distinguished Service Award for Coaching was acknowledged to windsurfing Coach Winfield Zee for his untiring service in the sport for more than 12 years. His achievements in coaching include 1 gold 2 silver at the 2014 and 2018 Asian Games respectively. Coach Zee has been actively involved in the development of youth and junior programs and thoroughly understands the importance of an experienced coach to talented athletes. He nurtures junior athletes with huge devotion while encouraging them to pursue dual career development, fostering the whole-person development of athletes.
Coach Education Award went to Canoe coach Dr Louie Hung-tak. Dr Louie started his coaching career 30 years ago and has been serving the Hong Kong Coaching Committee since 1991. He tailor-made the curriculum and syllabus for local environment which covered a wide range of technical knowledge for canoe coaches.
Coach Paul John earned the Best Team Sport Coach Award for two consecutive years by leading the Hong Kong team to finish runner-up in the Men’s Sevens at the Asia Rugby Men’s Sevens Qualification Tournament for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
A total of 116 coaches were awarded the Coaching Excellence Awards for leading athletes to achieve outstanding performance at the major international competitions in 2019, whilst 41 coaches received the Community Coach Recognition Awards to recognise their special contribution in the community for a period of not less than three consecutive years. In addition, 41 full-time teachers from local primary and secondary schools were presented the School Coach Recognition Awards to acknowledge their effort in local school level.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust funded HKCC’s programmes with a donation of around HK$25 million since November 2015. The programmes include the Jockey Club Elite Coaching Development Programmes; the Jockey Club Coaching Accreditation Programmes; and the Jockey Club Community Education and Coach Recognition Programmes to further support the career development of coaches. The annual Jockey Club Hong Kong Coaching Awards falls into the Jockey Club Community Education and Coach Recognition Programmes which recognises coaches’ contribution to athlete training and development in Hong Kong.
The Jockey Club Hong Kong Coaching Awards is organised by the HKCC, a joint committee of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China and the HKSI, which was established in 1991 with the aims of formulating and implementing short-term and long-term strategies for the development of coach education and accreditation programmes in Hong Kong. Over the years, more than 94,000 participants have benefited from the Programme.