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WSSA 2011 Asian Open Sport Stacking Championships Results

WOW what a Saturday we had last weekend. Bruce Lau, Jeanie Fung and Rachel Chow travelled to the Asian Championships in Singapore. It was a very long day from 9am until 8.30pm but well worth the effort.

Rachel was first up with her events in the Under 13s. Her events had no prelims and went straight to finals so it was a one time chance to get the best times she could. Rachel felt her times were not as good as she could do and slower than her personal bests and so did not have high hopes for a placing. However, luck was on her side as she was able to receive 2 trophies for her efforts which definitely put a smile on her face.

Rachel’s results

333 in 2.21 Second

363 in 4.52 Fifth

Cycle in 8.09 Second

Bruce was up next and managed a personal best in all his events and was cherishing the competition from his fellow age groupers and soaking up the atmosphere.

Last up was Hong Kong’s fastest stacker Jeanie Fung. She was very focused and preparing seriously for her events checking out her competitors times and comparing them with her own. Jeanie won the Under16 333, was 2nd in the U16 363 and 2nd in the U16 Cycle. She also gained the 2nd fastest combined time of the whole competition which made her the 2nd fastest in Asia!

Jeanie’s Results

 333   1.91 First

363    2.50 Second

Cycle 6.97 Second

The team also came 5th in the team relay 363. We were lucky enough to find a Singaporean stackers called Xavier who stacked fast and was able to join our 3 stackers for the 363 event. So many thanks to Xavier for all his efforts.

We also got involved in the International competittion having to get up on stage at the end of the day to compete in the Team Relay Cycle. There was a lot of friendly rivalry and personal bests broken. One of the highlights for our team was practicing a relay Head to Head competition in the warm up area against the very vibrant and friendly Philipina team which certainly took the event by storm with their team effort and love of the sport.

Many thanks must also go to Alan and his team from Singapore for putting on a comprehensive fun day which was certainly enjoyed by the region’s best stackers.

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“HOW IT ALL STACKS UP” Article in The Standard

How it all stacks up

Physical exercise at school is usually playing ball games or doing gymnastics. But soon, students might be told to stack cups instead.

Joyce Kam

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Physical exercise at school is usually playing ball games or doing gymnastics. But soon, students might be told to stack cups instead.Although it doesn’t sound very sporty, the quirky game is proving to be a popular way to train children’s hand- eye coordination.

Using a dozen 295ml plastic cups, players need to build up pyramids and break them down in a specific sequence. To complete a cycle, they first create a pyramid of six and with two pyramids of three on the side, or 3-6-3, and break those down.

The second formation is in sets of six, then 1-10-1, before ending with 3-6-3 again.

Beginners usually finish all formations, or one cycle, in 60 seconds while the world record is 5.93 seconds.

“To accomplish the sequence, players need fast and accurate coordination between brain, eyes and hands,” said associate professor Louie Lobo Hung-tak from the department of physical education at Hong Kong Baptist University.

“It trains their fine motor muscle skill and enhances dexterity in reactions. For those suffering from muscular dysfunction, sport stacking can achieve positive therapeutic effect.”

A research paper published in Perceptual and Motor Skills magazine in 2004 has shown that sport stacking can boost eye-hand coordination and reaction time.

To date, more than 20,000 schools worldwide have adopted sport stacking in their physical education curriculum.

“Children can also learn about sportsmanship and advance initiative through competition. Although

the sport is geared toward children, it’s actually a wonderful choice of physical education for families,” Lobo added. Local stacker So Chi-leung agrees. “It’s a very easy sport that everyone can play. And once you master the skills, finishing a cycle at top speed is really satisfying,” said the 15-year-old who started sport stacking six months ago. “Since all you need is the Speedstack cups and a table, you can play the game with your friends anywhere.”

If you want to try out sport stacking, New Town Plaza III in Sha Tin is holding workshops over the weekend from 2pm to 4pm.

Shoppers who spend HK$500 and above in the mall can redeem a free set of competition-standard cups with a DVD guide.

The WSSA Hong Kong Sport Stacking Tournament 2009 will also be held on August 1 and 2. Register at http:/ /www.speedstacks.com.hk/ tournaments before July 27.