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Mainland ‘golden girls’ inspire local sport fans

Mainland ‘golden girls’ inspire local sport fans

Hui Ruoqi (left), captain of the national women’s volleyball team, Zhu Ting (second right), Most Valuable Player of the Rio Olympic women's volleyball games, and the ir teammates wave to the audience at Olympian City on Sunday. (Provided to China Daily)

HONG KONG - The 12 "golden girls" from the national women’s volleyball squad, headed by legendary coach Lang Ping, practiced with and offered instructions to Hong Kong's student players at Ma On Shan Sports Center on Monday morning.

Youth players from Hong Kong U19 (Under 19) and U16 (Under 16) volleyball teams and about 850 local students from more than 10 middle schools participated in the event.

When the gold medalists of the Rio Olympic Games ran into the sports center, waving toward the audience, loud cheers erupted from the youngsters. They screamed out their favorite players’ names and staged several spontaneous rounds of applause.

In the sharing section, coach Lang Ping encouraged Hong Kong young people to believe in themselves and insist on following their dreams though they may face difficulties.

She said that the national volleyball team had also faced many obstacles. However, difficulties did not defeat them, and instead the whole team united together, helping them ultimately to win the gold medal.

Zhu Ting, spiker of the team and the Most Valuable Player of the Rio Olympic volleyball games, who began to play volleyball at the age of 13, shared her experience that the best way to realize dreams is “making every effort to accomplish daily training tasks”.

In a training session, young players from Hong Kong U19 and U16 made up mixed teams with the Olympic champions. The excited audience cheered and applauded the athletes’ every dink spike and direct smash during the competition.

The youth players cooperated well with their idols and blended in very fast. Before a young player served, Hui Ruoqi, the captain of the champion team, kneaded the player’s shoulders and comforted her.

From Hong Kong U19 team, Pang Wing-lam collaborated with gold medalists Zhu Ting, Yan Ni and Gong Xiangyu in the competition. She said she was too nervous to fall asleep the night before. “It’s unforgettable and it encouraged me to keep on playing volleyball,” Pang said.

Player from Hong Kong's U16 volleyball team Li Wai-yue remained excited after the event. “Though we may make some mistakes in the competition, they (Olympic champions) smiled toward us and clapped with our hands.” Li said she admires Hui Ruoqi and Zhu Ting, hoping to be as persistent and tough as they are.

The national Olympian delegation finished its three-day courtesy visit to the Hong Kong SAR on Monday afternoon and left for the next stop - Macao.

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