HKSPA International YSR programme wraps up with rousing closing ceremony speeches

Ritah Aliguma, AIPS Africa EC Member
HONG KONG, April 8, 2019 – The 2019 International Young Sports Reporters training camp came to an end with participants sharing their experiences.

Growth Hong Kong Sports Press Association (HKSPA) president Kenneth Fok hailed the growth of the programme since the first edition in 2013: “We started with only Macau and Taiwan, but we have now grown. It’s important to engage with international community and we pray we transform. Sports journalism is not only about reporting but knowing how the game is played, a reason we have practical lectures. We thank all sponsors for partnering with us.”

Team Taiwan The team from Taiwan were rated as the most disciplined, hard working and organised team. Thanks to AIPS Asia Executive Committee member and chairperson of the Women Committee Helen Chi, who played a great role as a team leader and mentor.

Ellen Lai from Taiwan said: “This is my second time attending the camp but I have improved a lot in my career, the confidence, and the reporting skills. This is the best training camp and am grateful to Raymond Chiu and entire organizing team.”

Life-changing experience Shiyao Xiao, Esther and Sodontuya Nerguidavaa also expressed their appreciation to the mentors of the programme.

Xiao from Mainland China said: “We have learnt many things and all the mentors were willing to educate.”

Esther from Hongkong added: “It’s a good experience for me and entire Hong Kong team, I have learnt a lot from all colleagues and my confidence level has gone high. It’s amazing and it’s a life-changing experience

Nerguidavaa from Mongolia then remarked: “The practicals make it very interesting, I enjoyed the camera sessions with Brian Ching. I thank mentors Raymond, Ritah, Helen, Adam and Arnold for helping and motivating us. They are experienced journalists and we learned a lot from them.”

Advice In his closing remarks, Raymond Chiu, the senior mentor adviced the young reporters to practice what they have learned and pass on the knowledge to others in their countries. He pledged to maintain the spirit of YSR, which has the theme; “PASSION, VISION AND DETERMINATION. Chiu applauded all the young reporters for their discipline and the passion they exhibited during the camp. He encouraged them to keep up the spirit.

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