監製：Lee Nga Yun
A sports climbing competition include bouldering, lead climbing and speed climbing. It is a test of physical and intellectual capacities that requires bravery and body coordination. Climbing enthusiasts take pleasure in conquering different routes. We can see magnesium powder chalk, which climbers use to prevent slipping, on natural and artificial climbing walls, as well as bouldering gyms. To Hong Kong’s climbing athletes, there is also a unique major climbing event – the annual Bun Scrambling Competition in Cheung Chau.
Climbing appears to be a process of mounting to the top step by step, but it is letting go and falling that beginners have to learn first. As you climb, you need to get used to your body’s height on the wall and grab the rock firmly. However, during a break you have to let go of your grasp on the wall and rely solely on the rope to hang you in mid-air. In bouldering, where the height is limited to 6 metres or below, the climber falls directly on the mat in case of a loss of grip because a rope is not applied. The only way to continue climbing is through overcoming the fear of falling.
A climber needs to observe the route and then imagine how the limbs may be deployed before mounting upwards with explosiveness. Progress will certainly be made if you keep on practising. Every seemingly impossible route conquered brings unlimited satisfaction to the climber.
Coach For All – WONG Ka-yan
WONG Ka-yan is a five-time Queen of the Buns in Cheung Chau’s Bun Scrambling Competition. Having lost both her lover and her school life after graduating from Secondary Five, Ka-yan joined an interest class at the community centre. She chose rock climbing because she wanted to boost her courage and overcome her fear of heights, and has loved climbing since then. Ka-yan is also the first ice climber in the city and a multiple award-winning tree climber – she simply loves every form of climbing. She won the champion in Women’s Lead and Speed category of the National Elite Natural Rock Climbing Competition 2016, the third runner-up of Women’s Open category in the Hong Kong Bouldering Championships 2017 (the best result among Hong Kong representatives), and the first runner-up of Women’s Open category in the Hong Kong Speed Climbing Competition 2016.
Athlete For All – Chubby Hei, Skinny Ho, and Geeky Harry
Despite being interested in rock climbing all along, these three students lack climbing companions. This time, on their first attempt at the sport, they will participate in months of training and take up three challenges.
Weighing more than 200 pounds, Hei has to put up with his own weight in every step he climbs, adding to the belly that hinders climbing. He considers not giving up midway a “victory”. Ho’s thigh is even thinner than Hei’s arm. How would Ho handle a rock wall of over 10 metres high in a lack of muscles even though he plays volleyball regularly? Geeky Harry is afraid of heights. Not only does he shake as he climbs, but he also does not know how to exert forces correctly, and stays close to the wall. Can climbing demonstrate the brave side of his eventually?
We can picture athletes in an air of overwhelming greatness when they have climbed up to the peak against the mountains behind. These three students, however, do not seem to fit in this image at all, being either too chubby, skinny or geeky. Climbing can be regarded as an impossible mission for them.
Rope skipping is not only a children’s game, but also a sport that involves ever-changing styles and emphasises on physical strength, concentration, endurance, body coordination and overall cooperation. Whether it is individual or group performance, rope skipping is a sport that pleases our minds and eyes.
Coach for All: CHEUNG Pak-hung, Member of the Hong Kong Rope Skipping Team
CHEUNG is a member of the Hong Kong Rope Skipping Team. He is the men’s individual overall champion of the Hong Kong Elite Rope Skipping Championship 2017, and he ranks 5th in the World Rope Skipping Championship 2016.
CHEUNG has been a relatively quiet person since childhood, and he first came across rope skipping in Form 3. CHEUNG’s talent and effort take him into the Hong Kong Rope Skipping Team in merely half a year to participate in international competitions. His life is linked to the sport since then. In his secondary school years, he was almost forced to give up rope skipping because of his declining academic performance, resulting from his daily rope skipping practice. However, with his passion for rope skipping, he manages to take care of the sport and his academic work. He takes university courses and opens his own rope skipping company, hoping to develop his hobby into a career.
Athletes for All: Ten Primary Six Students
Ten Primary Six students from the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Lee Shau Kei Primary School and each of them have different strengths and weaknesses. Some may have relatively weak hands and feet co-ordination while some have may not have the best understand ability. In addition, they only first came across the sport in their usual Physical Education lessons, yet this time they will be trained by our “Coach for All” to face various challenges.
First, they have to face the challenge of their personal speeds, being the 30 seconds alternate foot jump, and the 30 seconds criss-cross. And the ultimate challenge is to participate in a performance cup competition, the ten students have to complete a 4-minute group performance.
Executive Producer: Shirley LEE
Producer: Esther YU
Assistant Producer: Vincy WONG