By Michael Lacy, Incoming HKU Sandy Bay RFC Chairman
I have been involved with Sandy Bay since the 2012-2013 season, when my three boys joined Sandy Bay, after returning to Hong Kong in 2012 to live in Pok Fu Lam. I had previously lived in Hong Kong from 1996 to 2006, when I played rugby for Kowloon RFC, with and against (after he moved to HKCC) the outgoing Seniors Chairman James Wood , and a few other old heads involved with the club. My wife Jo played for Valley RFC having met the Valley girls while playing in a rugby tournament in Ireland two weeks before joining me in Hong Kong back in 1996.
Rugby has been and continues to be a big part of my life. I have had great enjoyment from it and made many great friends through it. I believe it is a great sport for children to play, not just from the health benefits from being active, but more importantly for the life lessons learnt by participating in our great game. As a young adult travelling around the world it is a fantastic way of meeting like minded people and getting set up in a new environment.
Rugby is very much a volunteer run sport at grass roots. It only exists because people give up their time to facilitate this opportunity for others to play. I am delighted to have this opportunity to continue to provide this same opportunity that others provided for me. I hope that I can count on many of the parents in our minis and youth sections to give some of their time to keep Sandy Bay at the forefront of rugby in Hong Kong and promote our club values.
This is a very exciting time for Sandy Bay. Following an exceptional first season as a full minis to seniors club, I am looking forward to continuing the great work done by others before me in developing our club.