More than 1,000 elderly, middle-aged and young athletes participated in the biennial Elder Academy Sports Day held at the Stanley Ho Sports Centre, The University of Hong Kong, on 18 November. The elderly participants came from 22 elder academies in Hong Kong. The event was successfully held for the second time thanks to the rigorous support of the government, education and social work sectors.
As part of the celebrations of the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Elder Academy Sports Day 2012 was organised to promote family harmony and inter-generational inclusion, which is in line with the government’s vision to promote love and respect for the elderly. The Sports Day also served as an inter-generational platform for exchange across age groups, as well as for the promotion of awareness of and interest in physical exercises among the elderly.
In addition to conventional track and field events such as shot put, javelin throw, individual and relay runs, bean bag toss and baseball throw competitions were included to enable senior citizens of different age and physical conditions to participate in and enjoy the event. There were also games in which participants of different age groups had to co-operate, such as lawn bowls and three-legged relays, to promote inter-generational harmony.
Officiating guests of the Elder Academy Sports Day were Mr Zhang Tiefu, Head of the Social Work Unit of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government; Mr Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Secretary for Labour and Welfare; Dr Leong Che-hung, Chairman of Committee on Elder Academy Development Foundation; Prof Alfred Chan Cheung-ming, Chairman of the Elderly Commission and Ms Yu Chui-yee, wheelchair foil fencing gold medallist at the London Paralympics 2012. The sports gala closed with performances by famous pop singers Ms Joyce Cheng Yan-yee and Mr Alfred Hui Ting-hang.