HONG KONG—Yan Oi Tong Tin Ka Ping Secondary School (YOTTKP) successfully defended their Hong Kong Inter-schools Lawn Bowls Competition title last Sunday, May 1 at the Ap Lei Chau Sports Centre. This is also their third titles in the last four years.
In the Primary School competition, Lutheran Tsang Shing Siu Leun School (LTSSLS) regained the title which they lost to the True Light Middle School of Hong Kong (Primary Section) last year.
This year the number of participating schools was eight, same as last year, but the total number of teams was slightly increased from last year’s record low of 15 teams to 17 teams.
Despite the number of schools remaining the same as last year, it is still an alarming sign for the competition because the number has been on the decline since reaching the height of 18 participating schools in 2012.
Warren Kwok, the vice president in charge of youth development at the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association, believes that more needs to be done to attract schools to participate, “Over the years we relied heavily on the members of the Hong Kong Youth Team to recruit players at their school and some success was achieved. However as more youth members retired from the team, it is more difficult for us to follow this route.
“We need to be more proactive to promote our sport to the education sector and get more schools to be involved. This will be a long term process but is something we must do,” said Kwok.
Of the five secondary schools that took part, YOTTKP showed their determination by sending four teams to participate. The champion team won four games and drew once to clinch the title. The runners-up were also from YOTTKP.
In the primary section, LTSSLS also sent four teams to the competition and collected both champion and runners-up trophies.
The event is jointly organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association (HKLBA), with sponsorship from the Southern District Council.
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Claudius Lam is an officer of the Hong Kong Lawn Bowls Association.