Written by Iain Carmichael
As they say all good things must come to an end, and nothing more so then my time at Sandy Bay.
The club has been a central part of our family life in Hong Kong over the last 15 years. It still feels like yesterday when we first arrived at Stanley Ho one hot and sticky August morning in 2004.
From that moment on we couldn’t help but get more and more involved.
I’ve been very fortunate to have been here at a time when the club has gone through many changes and grown rapidly.
There have been many highlights along the way, for example the transformation of our coaching with the investment in pro-coaches. This has hugely increased our success at all levels, as well as enabling many of our alumni to play at the highest grades in school and club rugby all over the world. I have also seen the unequalled development of our girls’ section to the point where we are now by a long way the largest and most successful girls club in Hong Kong.
Another major highlight has been this past year with the seamless integration of the seniors section. Not only did we lift silverware in two of the social divisions, but went on to be crowned Premiership Grand Champions on that memorable night at Kings Park, another first for Sandy Bay!
My own personal highlight has been seeing how much of a positive impact this club has had on my three boys. The experience, development, support and friendships they have gained over the years has been incredible. The values of this club will stand them in good stead wherever they go.
I leave Hong Kong and Sandy Bay confident in the knowledge that we have a very capable Chairman in Michael Lacy who is supported by a first-class Board, coaches, volunteers, parents and of course most importantly players.
We will certainly continue to follow Sandy Bay wherever we are and look forward to hearing all about our continued success.
There’s only one thing left to say….……’Up The Bay’!