Updates from the Director of Sports and Activities

Sports and Activities have continued to develop at AISHK over 2016. Our Representative Sports Teams have travelled to Bangkok for swimming meets as well as taking part in the ACAMIS swim meet in Suzhou. They have also competed in a record number of Hong Kong swim meets so far this season with a number of others still to be scheduled. Our rugby teams travelled to Singapore to compete in the DeBrincat Cup while we also took 140 students to Beijing to compete in the annual rugby and netball competition. The badminton teams have travelled to Nanjing and competed in the ACAMIS badminton competition which was the biggest to date with over 24 schools taking part and our soccer teams competed in Shanghai in the ACAMIS soccer.

Our SDRC teams in touch, soccer, basketball and volleyball have been battling it out in Guangzhou and Shekou over 2016 winning trophies on the way. On top of this we have hosted AISA with over 150 students participating in touch, soccer, basketball, netball and swimming at AISHK. As well as all of the above we are part of four other sporting organisations within Hong Kong and our students are proudly representing AISHK in all sports competitions. Well done AISHK Sports Teams in 2016, and a huge thanks to AISHK Coaches and Managers in 2016!

HKSSF – Netball

The senior AISHK girls have been participating in the HK Inter-Secondary Schools Netball Competition. The competition started in October and the girls have had some close games coming up against some tough competition. The girls have worked hard as a team and this has shown in fantastic results they have achieved. The girls sportsmanship has been commendable and their commitment to the games, training and hard-work has seen them advance to the Grand Final against HYSA where they narrowly lost to this very strong team. A big thanks to our coaches Mrs Graham and Mr Flugge.

SDRC Touch
Congratulations to all involved in this year's SDRC touch rugby Tournament in Guangzhou. After three hard-fought days, our girls team came second, whilst our boys team came away as the overall Champions beating the previously unbeaten AISG team 5 tries to 1 in the final. Another outstanding achievement in what has been an incredibly successful year of touch rugby at AISHK.

Please see both reports below.

SDRC 2016 Boys Touch Rugby
On the Morning of December 1st our team of 12 boys ranging from year 6-8 embarked on our annual SDRC touch rugby tournament. As we got past the border and into China our bus got lost and we arrived late to the opening ceremony. As we warmed up for our first game we looked at the competition and knew it was going to be tough. We waited for the starting whistle for our game against SIS (Shekou International school) we were nervous, but we outclassed our opponents winning 9-1. After our lunch break we got ready for what we knew was our hardest game of the tournament. We played off against AISG (American International school Guangzhou) with some help of the referee AISG overcame our defence winning 4-2. After all the teams last games we had to meet our billet families.

The next day we had a long tiring three games. Our first game was against BSG (British School Guangzhou) and we comfortably won that game 15-2. After that we played UISG (Uthaloy International School Guangzhou) and to put it easily, we thrashed them 20-2. After our refuelling lunch we then played AISG2 and won that game defensively well winning 13-0. After our most exhausting day of the tournament we went through undefeated.

On the final day we were ready to play our finals of the tournament. Our first game was a warm up for our final as we matched up against SIS again but this time we won 15-1. Then it was time to play which was our best chance of winning because two good players from AISG were injured prior to the final and we were fired up. We started the final well, scoring the first try but then we let them back in to level the score and then having one of our players sent off, we were on the back foot. Then we gave them everything we had scoring four tries and not letting them get over our line eventually winning 5-1. We were the happiest team alive, being the first AISHK team to win the tournament in three years. Mr Wnek was very happy with the team and our massive achievement. We can all be very proud with how well this team played over the three days, leaving the SDRC tournaments with a win and in the knowledge that there are excellent younger players that can defend our title coming up next year.

By Cooper Bath

SDRC 2016 Girls Touch Rugby

On the 1st of December 2016 the AISHK girls and boys touch rugby teams departed from school. We headed to Guangzhou with high hopes and strong teams. It was a long three hour bus trip through the Shenzhen border finally arriving at the American International School Guangzhou (AISG). Most people had been there before but for others it was a first time. The girl’s team had the excellent leadership of Mr Picker who gave us some wise advice throughout.

On the first day the girls had two challenging games. First they tied against Shek O International School (SIS) then had to play the winners from the past three years, AISG 1. Our Girls put up a strong fight but in the end AISG 1 were victorious 11-3. It was only the first day so everyone still had high hopes that we would progress further. On the second day it was a chilly morning. The girls had a long day with 3 successful games. The first against British International School Guangzhou (BSG) which the girls denominated 7-3 with Charlize Taper scoring in the first ten seconds. The second game was another breeze against the host school Uthahloy International School Guangzhou (UISG) with an easy 4-2 to AISHK. The final games was AISG 2 which was another fairly easy game with a final score of 3-1 to AISHK.

The final day was the coldest the morning with our girls knowing they had to win to go through to the semi-finals then the finals. The semi-finals against BSG, the girls put up a good fight coming out victorious. After that game they were through to the 1st and 2nd place finals. The game was against the strongest team in the competition, AISG 1. They were definitely a hard team and proved it by winning 5-1. It ended up not mattering what the final score was, we knew we tried our best and gladly took 2nd place. We had a fantastic team that couldn’t have tried harder. We had our quick wingers Elli white, Madi Christian and Emily Ball our strong links Ocean Hartnett, Alex Wright, Isha Shivalingam and Matilda Knowling and finally our side stepping centres Bella Taper, Alex Wright, Kayla Graham and Ella Fraser.

By India Knowling

Out of School Achievement

This week we recognise Daniel Chen who has just won the Hong Kong Open Rock Climbing competition (age 10-13 boys youth) last Sunday which is a fantastic achievement and whic can be very proud of. The photo shows Daniel receiving his well-earned trophy. Well done Daniel!

Sports Quote of the Week

“Winning is not everything but an important factor in all sport”