Becoming a dodge ball coach through fun engagement
Hoi Shuen, “It gives me great satisfaction when I heard them calling me Coach”
Hoi Shuen was invited by his social worker to join a dodge ball team in 2015. He doubted at first and said to himself, “Oh, is there really a team for dodge ball?”. Hoi Shuen thought that dodge ball was just a game instead of a sport, and he started to play dodge ball just out of curiosity and wanted to have fun.
After practicing for several times, Hoi Shuen found that dodge ball was not that simple. He said, “I was such a person with limited outlook. Playing dodge ball requires strategic thinking, co-operation and adaptation skills.” Then he became a dodge ball fan, attending practice almost every week and dodge ball became part of his life.
There are always difficulties and happy moments in learning process. His team participated in Hong Kong Dodge Ball Association’s league without winning a trophy. They were even greatly defeated and scored 0 in several competitions.
Being encouraged by the social worker and the coach, they finally regained confidence and won the third place in partnership with Dragon Innovation Athletic Association (D.I.A.A) at the Northern District Dodge ball Championship.
Through dodge ball coaching for young kids, Hoi Shuen found himself becoming more mature in mentoring and communicating. “It gives me great satisfaction when I heard them calling me Coach!” said he.
Coaching children and teenagers reminds Shuen of the days when he was young, he feels happy and satisfied when his work is recognised by those teenagers.
Hoi Shuen has a passion to promote Dodge ball in Hong Kong. He therefore studied a course and obtained the Coach and Adjudicator Qualification (Level 1). He hopes that one day he could have his own students. Though playing dodge ball may not be his future career, but he will hold on to this as a hobby and share with others the joy of playing this sports.
In the selection of the Hong Kong training team, Hoi Shuen was confident to pass the muscle endurance test, and finally he made a full score.
His team participated in Hong Kong Dodge Ball Association’s league.
The hard work of his team was recognized by the time they won the prize at the Northern District Dodge ball Championship.
Competition was fierce at Hong Kong Dodge Ball Association’s league.
Hoi Shuen said he needed to stay focus and serious during adjudicator internship.