On Wednesday 6th July Heep Hong Society school in Sham Shui Po held their first Sport Stacking tournament.
Heep Hong Society students have a range of abilities including autism, mental delay or Downs Syndrome.This was the first time such an event has been held at a special needs school in Hong Kong but surely not the last.
Their Occupational Therapist Stephen has been training the students over the past year for 30 minutes a week. Five months ago through sponsorship from HSBC Heep Hong Society (Sham Shui Po) were able to purchase a Sport Pack to assist further with their program.
The day was full of celebration with whistle blowing and banging of blow up plastic clappers. Thirty students took part in the tournament between the ages of 4 and 6 with 25 parents in attendance.
They took part in 3-3-3, 3-6-3 and partner 3-3-3 and 3-6-3. And the parents also got involved partnering up with their son or daughter as well as giving it a go themselves.
In order to add increase the physical activity element of the competition each stacker did the required stack on one table turned 180 degrees and repeated the sequence on another table 5 metres away. The time of the 2 sequences made up the total times.
There were some excellent times being made and the students were able to complete the sequences in the correct order of up stacking and down stacking from the same end and fix fumbles before moving onto the next stack.
The most able students have been invited to the join the WSSA 2011 Hong Kong Sport Stacking Tournament later in the year and are going to keep practicing hard ready to set a Special stackers time for Hong Kong.
We wish Heep Hong Society all the best and Stackinghk will be working alongside them in the future in order to further promote sport stacking throughout the special needs sector in Hong Kong.
If you or your company would like to sponsor a Sport Pack (costing from 3000-4000HKD only) to another one of Heep Hong Society’s schools then please contact us right away and make this sport open to even more special needs children in Hong Kong .