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Hong Kong Team to the World Championships

Yes yes all you Sport Stackers in Hong Kong. Just a quick reminder that Friday 9th March 2012 is the closing date to apply to be part of the Hong Kong Sport Stacking team this year.

If you stack the cycle below or very close to 10 seconds then you could represent Hong Kong this April in Germany. Send us an email and we can give you more information. Or go to http://www.thewssa.com for further information.

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JEANIE FUNG is going to the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

Jeanie Fung is going to represent Hong Kong for the second time at the 2011 WSSA Sport Stacking World Championships in Dallas, USA.

 

We wish you all the best Jeanie in bettering last years effort and having a lot of fun while you are there!!

 

If you would like to join Jeanie and represent Hong Kong there is still time.

 

The World Championships runs each year in April and hosts the best stackers in the World to see who is the fastest.

 

 This year you could join Jeanie and be part of Team Hong Kong. 

 

Email us now for more details if your Cycle time is less than 10 seconds.

GO HONG KONG!!!1

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JEANIE FUNG of Hong Kong achieves top 10 Age group result at World Championships

What an opportunity and what a result for Hong Kong’s Sport Stacking team member Jeanie Fung  who was 10th in her age group for the 3-6-3 in a blistering time of 3.56 seconds. In the prelims she manged an official personal best of 2.61 seconds which was awesome!!

Steven Purugganan again took to the overall top combined score but it was only by two 100ths of a second!!!

Full results can be found here

http://worldsportstackingassociation.org/world_championships/results.php

Jeanie Fung at the World Championships

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HONG KONG SPORT STACKING TEAM (HKSST)

It’s now official!!

If you achieved a time of under 10 seconds for the cycle at the WSSA Hong Kong Sport Stacking Tournament 2009 you will be able to join the Hong Kong Sport Stacking team (HKSST) and officially represent Hong Kong at any Asian or regional tournament or the World Championships 2010 in Denver, Colorado.

More information to Hong Kong’s fastest Sport Stackers will be sent out in the next week and listed here on our website.

If you would like to become part of the HKSS Team you can email us and let us know your time. Remember you must be consistently getting under 10 seconds for the cycle.

If you are a member of the Hong Kong team you will need to commit to one evening training session per month in order to practice your individual sport stacking events, doubles and the team relay.

Watch this space for the latest information on the future Hong Kong Sport Stacking Development Squad which will train alongside the HKSST in order to improve their Cycle times to go under 10 seconds.

Happy Stacking 🙂

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WSSA Hong Kong Sport Stacking Tournament 2009

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WOW what a spectacular weekend we all had

Steven, Brian and Andrew showcased their skills which was just unreal to watch on both days.

Our 56 Stackers had an awesome time on both days with many personal bests being set.

The 3 Purugganan brothers wandered and mingled with the stackers which was fabulous to see. The local stackers loved getting to know them and taking photos and having their Speed Stack products signed by them.

We wish the Purugganan family all the best in the Philippines where they headed on Monday and hope to bring the pending Hong Kong Team to meet them once more at the World Championships in April 2010.

Our thanks go to New Town Plaza III for hosting the event and Wasabic Creations for marketing and running the event. They did an awesome job.

FULL RESULTS OF THE EVENT WILL BE POSTED SOON

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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.

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The Purugganan’s Sport Stacking Experience by Vicki Purugganan 2009

THE PURUGGANANS’ SPORT STACKING EXPERIENCE:

The boys discovered sport stacking nearly 3 years ago, when Andrew happened to catch the 2006 WSSA World Championships being televised on ESPN in August 2006.  Andrew was fascinated! He did us all a favor by taping the championships and sharing it with the rest of the family.  When Brian and Steven watched what Andrew had recorded, they also thought it was unique, really cool, and immediately wanted to try it themselves with regular plastic cups at home.  I can’t tell you how many times they had to rewind the tape and watch the championships over and over again just to learn how to stack.  It was challenging, addicting and something they enjoyed doing together.  The 3 boys were obviously having so much fun, either stacking alone, or competing against each other.  Dan and I wanted to support this new-found passion 100%, so I bought them 1 set of cups as a “back-to-school present”.  The boys were so excited to have the official cups and an instructional DVD that helped them fine-tune their self-taught technique.  They could not get enough of stacking, so I had to go back to the store and get 2 more sets.  From that point on, our house became very noisy!  They spent several hours each day practicing, often working up a sweat, in an effort to beat their own times, or each others’.

After 6 months of intense practicing, they had trimmed down their cycle times from 40 seconds to under 10 seconds.  Steven, in particular, was finishing the cycle under 8 seconds.  Not only had they been practicing, but they had been watching the tape of the World Championships regularly.  They became very familiar with the celebrities of the sport stacking world, watched and studied videos of stackers posted on You Tube, and became very well versed with the tournament rules and format.  The question was: were they ready to put their skills to the test and compete under the pressure of a tournament?  There was only one way to find out…and the very first competition that suited our schedule was the 2007 World Championships in Denver.

Their first tournament experience was very exciting. There is something to be said about competing alongside the best and most passionate stackers.  It was thrilling, and humbling as well.  Steven finished first in his (9-year old) age division for the 3-3-3 and 3-6-3, and (I think) 3rd in the cycle.  And though his 3-3-3 time of 2.40 seconds earned his 6th place overall (among 1,100 stackers), he was a bit disappointed that he didn’t do as well in competition as he had been doing at home.  The boys came home with a few medals and trophies, and a strong resolve to practice even harder.

Six months after the World Championships, the boys were ready to compete again.  We will never forget this particular tournament:  October 2007, at the New York State Championships.  Steven broke the cycle world record with a time of 7.23 seconds, and Steven and Andrew broke the doubles world record with a time of 8.49 seconds!  This would be the first of many more world records to come.

The boys have been competing steadily since then, about 4 tournaments a year.  Because of their accomplishments at tournaments, all 3 boys are members of Team USA.

Andrew holds the division world record (age division 17) in the cycle with a time of 6.94 seconds.  He placed 6th overall at the 2009 World Championships (just 5 places behind Steven).  His relay team holds the (17-year old) USA division record with a time of 13.69 seconds.

Brian always finishes in the top 3 at state tournaments. Brian’s consistency in team relay events earned him 1 of the 10 coveted spots in the International Speedstacks Challenge at the 2008 World Championships.  At this year’s World Championships, he placed 6th overall in the 3-3-3 (5 places behind Steven).

After Steven broke his very first world record, he has broken at least one world record at every single tournament he’s competed in.  He’s broken the 3-3-3 world record 3 times, the 3-6-3 world record 5 times, the cycle world 6 times, the doubles world record 3 times (with Andrew), and finally, his Team USA team broke the team relay world record – all of which were achieved in a 2-year span (see below):

Steven’s Sport Stacking World Records
1.  Cycle Event – Individual
–    5.93 seconds, Jan 3, 2009, Greater Cleveland Sport Stacking Championships, Berea, Ohio (CURRENT WORLD RECORD)
–    6.21 seconds, Apr 6, 2008, Stack-Off, World Championships, Denver, Colorado
–    6.50 seconds, Apr 6, 2008, World Championships, Denver, Colorado
–    6.52 seconds, Mar 16, 2008, New Jersey Stackapalooza, Ridgewood, New Jersey
–    6.65 seconds, Feb 16, 2008, Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships, Laurel, Delaware
–    7.23 seconds, Oct 20, 2007, New York State Championships, Attica, New York

2.   3-6-3 Event – Individual
–    2.15 seconds, Apr 19, 2009, Denver, Colorado (CURRENT WORLD RECORD)
–    2.19 seconds, Nov 22, 2008, Philly Red Sport Stacking Championships, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
–    2.27 seconds, Jan 10, 2009, Connecticut Sport Stacking Championships, Baltic, CT
–    2.34 seconds, Mar 16, 2008, New Jersey Stackapalooza, Ridgewood, New Jersey
–    2.38 seconds, Feb 16, 2008, Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships, Laurel, Delaware

3. 3-3-3 Event – Individual
–    1.80 seconds, Jan 24, 2009, Mid-Atlantic Regional Sport Stacking Championships, Laurel, Delaware (CURRENT WORLD RECORD)
–    1.86 seconds, Apr 6, 2008, WSSA World Championships, Denver, Colorado
–    1.96 seconds, Feb 16, 2008, Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships, Laurel, Delaware

4.    Doubles Event
–    7.58 seconds, with brother Andrew, Apr 19, 2009, WSSA World Championships, Denver, Colorado (CURRENT WORLD RECORD)
–    7.84 seconds, with brother Andrew, Feb 16, 2008, Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships, Laurel, Delaware
–    8.49 seconds, with brother Andrew, Oct 20, 2007, New York State Championships, Attica, New York

5.  Team Relay Event
– 12.72 seconds, with TEAM USA, Apr 19, 2009, WSSA World Championships, Denver, Colorado (CURRENT WORLD RECORD)

Inasmuch as the goal is to stack faster and break more world records, the boys will always declare that the best part about this sport is the camaraderie they share when they all come together with fellow stackers at tournaments, especially at the World Championships.  They love stacking even more when they’re surrounded by other kids who appreciate the skill involved in stacking, and the fun that comes along with it.  And from that common experience, they’ve made so many new friends not only in the US, but from other countries as well.

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The future HONG KONG SPORT STACKING TEAM

Would you like to represent Hong Kong in the forthcoming World Championships in Denver. Colorado, USA in April 2010. You would?

Well you’ll need to be one of the fastest sport stackers in Hong Kong in order to do so.

If you are then you could become part of “Team Hong Kong” and head to the USA to represent your country.

You’ll need to enter the WSSA Hong Kong Sport Stacking Tournament 2009 to show us what you can do. Enter today and we’ll see you there!!