46 (29 men and 17 women) Hong Kong Masters athletes made the 2 hour flight from Hong Kong to Clark to compete in the 22nd Asia Masters Athletics Championships hosted by the Philippines and held in New Clark City, from 8th to 12th Nov 2023. Within the Hong Kong Masters team there were 12 AVOHK Club Members. There were 3 venues all close by with the main stadium being of international standard. The Hong Kong team came away with an amazing 42 medals ( 13 Gold, 18 Silver and 11 Bronze) with the team finishing 13th out of 22 countries in the overall medal table. AVOHK athletes contributed to this total:
M55 – Mike Capper – Silver 10K Road
M50 – Mick Wong – 4 Silvers (200m, 400m, 4 x 100m relay and 4 x 400m relay)
M50 – Israel Valcarcel – Silver 800m
W45 – Glory Yau – 2 Silvers (200m & 400m) and 1 Bronze 100m
M45 – Chan Siu Hin – Bronze 10K Road
M40 – Aldo Kriel – Silver 4 x 100m Relay
Within the overall Hong Kong Masters team there were many stunning performances, to highlight a few. 3 Gold Medals each for M55 Pancy Chu and M60 Willy Kung, 2 Gold medals each for W70 Wendy Choi, W65 Catherine Kwan, M65 Jackie Ho, W60 Lai Yin Mei and M60 Alex Yip. The relays on the final day were really the icing on the cake. Hong Kong were entered in 7 team relays and came away with medals in 5 of these.
Gold M60 – 4 x100m
Gold W55 – 4 x100m
Silver M40 – 4 x 100m
Silver M50 – 4 x100m
Silver M50 – 4 x 400m
Great relay team management and selection by Ceci Tse and Therry Wong. After the M50 4x400m relay the team literally left the track and headed for Clark Airport for the 6.30pm flight back to Hong Kong. Such was the quality of opposition the M50 Japan team set a World Age Group record in the M50 4x100m in 44.43s (Hong Kong were 2nd). A number of new Hong Kong Masters age group records were set and an update on these will appear in the next AVOHK newsletter. Ever present at these championships and always cheering the team on was Hong Kong Masters athlete and legend, Bill Purves.
Well done to the Hong Kong Masters team on a great performance at the 22nd Asia Masters Athletic Championships. Further details can be found here https://amacphilippines2023.com/at/medals
The 2025 Asia Masters Athletics Championships will be held at Solo, Indonesia.