Recreation and Sports Committee Feature

7th Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Lawyers Sports Meet

The 7th Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau Lawyers Sports Meet (the ‘Sports Meet’), a bi-annual event which gathers legal professionals who are keen on playing sports from Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau, was successfully held in Guangzhou from 10 to 12 November 2017. This was the third time the Guangdong Lawyers Association hosted this mega regional sporting event after the inaugural Sports Meet in 2002 and the 4th Sports Meet in 2011. Taipei Bar Association was once again being invited to participate in the event as special guest team since the 2013 Sports Meet.

The event was kicked off with the grand entrance of the Rule of Law Flag at the Opening Ceremony on 11 November. The Flag was introduced in 2015 when the Rule of Law Marathon was held in Hong Kong during the last Sports Meet hosted by the Law Society promoting the spirit of justice and sportsmanship. It was followed by the marching in of athletes to the stadium.

The Law Society team was represented by over 90 member athletes who took part in all 11 events including badminton, basketball, football, golf, snooker, swimming, table tennis, tennis, tenpin bowling, volleyball and the newly introduced bridge. Through hard-fought matches over the weekend, the Hong Kong team successfully defended its championship titles in badminton and swimming, and won the first bridge competition in the Sports Meet history. The Guangdong team enjoyed home advantage and was crowned Overall Champion. The Law Society team had only lost by a small margin and came second overall followed by Macau in third place.

Great is the victory but the friendship of all is greater. The Sports Meet is not only a battlefield but also provides a platform for legal professionals of different jurisdictions to network and make friends with one another.

All Law Society sportsmen certainly deserved a big round of applause. The success of the Hong Kong team must also be attributed to the captains and convenors for their commitment and kind contribution in leading their teams.

Although the Law Society could not continue its winning streak this time, team members will prepare themselves to stage a comeback in the next Sports Meet to be held in Macau in 2019. Your support is vital!

Let’s hear from the athletes:

“The Sport Meets is a great platform to make new friends in a relaxed environment coupled with some good exercises, which is exactly what you need after long hours in front of a computer. I have enjoyed every part of it and will certainly participate in the next gathering.”

– Mr. Viacheslav Iavorskyi, Tennis Team

“This was more than just a competition for us.   It was the first time we ladies competed together and the camaraderie alone was a victory for us.  We played like there was no tomorrow and forged many new friendships.  We thank the Law Society for letting us join this unforgettable Sports Meet!”

– Ms. Nicole Wong, Basketball Convenor

“It was great fun to have the chance to play bridge with fellow lawyers in Guangzhou in the Sports Meet which united our team members and offered a great chance for us to meet with lawyers in other jurisdictions. It was a really enjoyable experience!”

– Mr. W.K. Ng, Bridge Convenor

“It was already my 5th time representing the Law Society in the Sports Meet.  I’m delighted to see new blood joining and developing, and how team spirit overcomes challenges.  My teammates’ achievements mean a lot more than my personal pride.”

– Mr. Gary Lui, Badminton Captain

President Thomas So travelled to Guangzhou to support the Law Society team as one of the officiating guests.

Over 90 member athletes represented the Law Society team in the 7th Sports Meet.

Mr. Fred Kan, Golf Captain, exchanged souvenirs with representative of the Macau Lawyers Association which will host the next Sports Meet.

Marching in of the athletes at the Opening Ceremony with Council Member and RSC Vice Chairman Mr. Roden Tong (middle) bearing the flag accompanied by Council Member Mr. CM Chan (right) and Former RSC Chairlady Ms. Eliza Chang (left).

The Badminton Team, Bridge Team and Swimming Team crowned champion.

 

Results of the 7th Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Lawyers Sports Meet

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