8th Federation of International Touch (FIT) Touch World Cup Hong Kong Squad Announcement
22 April, 2015BACK TO NEWS
The Hong Kong Touch Association (HKTA) on Tuesday 21st April held a ceremony to announce the team that will represent Hong Kong at the 8th Federation of International Touch (FIT) Touch World Cup to be held in Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia from 29 April to 3 May 2015, and present them with their playing shirts. More than 100 teams representing over 30 countries will join hosts and defending Open division World Champions Australia, with Hong Kong lining up alongside 5th seeds England and 8thseeds USA in the Mixed Open division preliminary round.
"This is the first time that Hong Kong will have appeared at the World Cup, and marks the culmination of an ambitious 5 year development plan," explains Hong Kong Coach Ben Worthington, who himself represented England at the 1999 World Cup. "In 2010 we formed a national development squad, and commenced a rigorous training and selection programme that has included overseas tours to New Zealand and Australia, and our first FIT sanctioned internationals against China in December 2014. We have recently returned from a training camp in Singapore, and we're ready and extremely excited about the challenge ahead - our objective is a top 15 finish overall and to be in the first 3 of the Asian teams."
HKTA Chairman Marco Wong paid tribute to the hard work of the players and coaches; "Of the 16 players in the squad, 15 are Hong Kong born and of local heritage, and the progress they have made over the past 5 years is a great testament to the enthusiasm and commitment of our coaches Ben and ex-Hong Kong rugby international Zanio Yong. I'd also like to thank the Hong Kong Rugby Union for their continued support, and our sponsors ANZ whose generosity has made this dream a reality. Along with the World Cup participation we are also celebrating the 10th anniversary of our own ANZ International Touch Championships on Saturday 9th May, with Fiji Airways flying in a special Fijian invitational side to join us, so this is an exciting period for Hong Kong Touch!"
1 YUEN Tsz Kwan (F)
2 FONG Chun Sin (F)
3 YEUNG Cheuk Lam (F)
4 MA Nga Man (F)
5 LO Tan Tung (F)
6 IP To (F)
7 GEE Donna Emily (F)
8 KWONG Siu Hong (M)
9 LAI Siu Hong (M)
10 WAN Kim Pong (captain) (M)
11 NG Chok Shing (M)
12 KWOK Kak Ah (M)
13 AU Chi Wai (M)
14 LAI Yiu Pang (M)
15 LAM Ka Lok (M)
16 WAN Kwok Kwong (M)
Ben Worthington (Coach)
Zanio Yong (Coach)
Chu Yan Wing (Manager)
Lam Kwong Shun (Manager)
Schedule for Day 1 of World Cup - 29 April 2015
2.00pm Hong Kong v England
8.40pm Hong Kong v USA
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The Hong Kong Touch Association (HKTA)
Touch started in Hong Kong in 1988, with under 200 members and a single tournament, the Summer Touch Tournament. The Hong Kong Touch Association (HKTA) was formed in 2003 to help administer and organise the sport in Hong Kong, and it is a member of the Federation of International Touch (FIT). The HKTA is a Registered Society, holds a Business Registration, and is based at the offices of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union in Olympic House.
The HKTA Committee, made up of volunteers from the Touch community, oversees the sport, and the HKRFU employ one full time Touch Manager, as well as providing development support through the auspices of their Community Department.
For more information go to www.hktouch.com.hk or email[email protected]