Two College of Business students Anthony Wong Jun-kang, from the Department of Management, and Reeve Yuen Wing-fung, from the Department of Economics and Finance, provided pacing guidance to students with mild intellectual disabilities from Mary Rose School at the 10km event in the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon.
“This was the first time joining the Standard Chartered Marathon, and it was a precious time to run with a partner. I think we have grown together throughout the whole process,” said Anthony.
“At first, I was afraid that I would be unable to communicate and provided guidance well. But things turned out to be easier than I thought. I was motivated when I saw the improvement of my partner during every training session,” Reeve recalled.
Another group of international students, who are now doing their academic exchange at the College, also showed support to the CityU team. Coordinated by the Physical Education Team of the Student Development Services at CityU, and the College’s Exchange Student Club, the exchange students assisted in the event as exceptional photographers and cheer leaders.
Marie Schillinger, an exchange student from Grenoble Ecole de Management in France, recalled, “It was a great opportunity to see one of the biggest events of Hong Kong. The runners and the atmosphere were really cool.”
“The Marathon was an awesome experience! For me, having the chance to take photos for CityU runners in the finishing line was special,” said Kole Leistikow, from University of Minnesota in the United States.
Luna Bakker, from the University of Amsterdam in Netherlands, said, “I could talk to and mingle with local students, teachers and other residents. It was also nice to help out with such a big event in Hong Kong.”
The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon was held on 21st January this year. Led by Prof Way Kuo, President of CityU, a team of more than 1000 athletes comprising students, staff members and alumni participated in the event.