The third Demo Cup Marathon under The Coca-Cola Foundation Skipping to Happiness Program 2015, organized by the Department of Sports Science and Physical Education of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), co-organized by Hong Kong Rope Skipping Association, China, and sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, attains unprecedented success of a record high of 53 primary and secondary schools at Southorn Stadium today. Along with students’ exceptional performance combining creativity, styles and musicality, the Hong Kong Rope Skipping Delegates also get honored with the flag presentation for the upcoming 8th Asian Rope Skipping Championships. The event also invites Paralympian William So, Hong Kong Squash Team Coach Rebecca Chiu and Elite Golf Amateur and Artist, Stephanie Ho, to support rope skipping sport and endorse the importance of Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS).
The 8th Asian Rope Skipping Championships Flag Presentation Ceremony is officiated by Miss Ally Chong, Chairperson of Hong Kong Rope Skipping Association, China and Prof. Amy Ha President of Hong Kong Rope Skipping Association, China cum Chairperson of Department of Sports Science and Physical Education, Faculty of Education, CUHK. The Hong Kong delegates also, for the first time, crossover with the three-time champions of the “Cheering Team Competition for the 18 Districts”. This first of its kind acrobatic performance intertwines rope skipping and cheerleading, showcases the infinite possibilities in rope skipping.
Promotion on rope skipping sport and FMS are highlights of the 5th Skipping to Happiness Program. “With the support from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Department of Sports Science and Physical Education of CUHK has conducted a 3-year academic research on the FMS development of primary students in Hong Kong. We have collected and analyzed data of 180 students in June last year. Research shows that those with above average FMS, have a 20% higher chance to reach 60 minutes daily exercise standard recommended by the World Health Organization, and at the same time 75% more likely to enjoy doing sports.” said Professor Amy Ha, Chairperson of Department of Sports Science and Physical Education, Faculty of Education, CUHK.
After the exhilarating Hong Kong Delegate performance, William So, Rebecca Chiu and Stephanie Ho top it up by giving away souvenirs to the audience by throwing and swinging. Hong Kong Squash Team Coach, Rebecca Chiu stated, “Fundamental Movement Skills play a significant role in the long term development of an athlete. Ideally we develop children’s FMS abilities, build their interest in sports, and unleash their potential. I would include FMS training in my squash coaching programmes, as in squash, all the swings, serve returns and footwork require solid FMS. Besides, rope skipping, similar to other racquet sports, requires a high level of eye-hand coordination, which is an excellent choice of cross training.”
The three guests also take up the challenge from the Hong Kong Rope Skipping delegates and further promote inclusion and health equity through rope skipping. “It has been a great experience taking the Long Rope Challenge with Rebecca, Stephanie and the two students. Rope skipping is a sport for everyone, which you can do anywhere, with anyone or even on your own. It does give more flexibility than other sports.” said William So, Track and Field Athlete of Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled.
“I believe everything is built from a sound foundation. Since I was little, I have been trained with FMS especially on swinging, which allows me to comfortably explore a variety of sports, including golf, cricket and rope skipping.” said Stephanie Ho, the former Hong Kong Golf Representative for the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.
The debut FMS-themed Family Sports Day in November is hugely anticipated by almost all the guests. “My dad has been playing golf with me since I was 6. Exercising with the family not only improve health and family relationship, it also helps to reduce academic and work stress. No matter how busy I am with my singing and acting career now, I still play golf with my father regularly. I hope you would all invite your parents to the Family Sports Day, have fun and exercise together.” said Stephanie.