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Two of my kids were rounded up to play on teams entered in the Hong Kong Inline Cup. The tournament attracts teams from all over the region, and for some reason, a couple of teams all the way from the UK. It’s a big, well-organised tournament that takes place in the great outdoor venue at King’s Park in Jordan.

Most of the teams were extremely competitive whereas my kids were playing for teams put together only a month ago. My youngest son, 8, played goal. As a consequence of playing teams with more experience he faced a frightening barrage of shots. Despite the pressure, he played amazingly well, stopping 97 shots. At the end of the tournament, despite his team coming in 3rd, he was awarded the top goalie award in recognition of his tremendous effort. They awarded him a goalie stick.

I was thrilled. He was thrilled. But I couldn’t help but think: whatever happened to giving kids trophies? I’m sure if you did a poll of middle-aged men (yes, and some women too) they would admit to still having their childhood trophies packed safely away somewhere. My oldest son has a few trophies proudly displayed on his shelf, and my littlest has often said he couldn’t wait to earn his first one.

Well on the weekend, he sure did earn it. But he has nothing to commemorate his achievement. I confess, I’m thinking of getting one made for him. OK maybe that’s lame, but I can’t let a few negligient organisers get in the way of a boy’s dream! Come on tournament organisers, let’s give the kids something to remember. Bring back the cup!

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My daughter (10) came home from school last week with a letter about their Year 6 camp on Lantau Island. School camp is a great event, I still remember my school camp: campfires, jumping in lakes, sleeping bags. For us Canadians, camping is sacrosanct: a means of character-building.

Apparently in HK, camping means something else entirely. The camp letter assures us our daughter will be well taken care of — not to worry. The 5-star hotel she will be staying in has every amenity she could possibly want, including an indoor pool complete with slide.

I guess being a child in Hong Kong means learning a different set of survival skills: will she be able to work the hotel room remote to find Cartoon Network? Will she be able to resist the temptation of the mini-bar snacks? Can she learn to be environmentally aware by putting her non-dirty towels back on the rack?

Of course, we parents will consider the $1800(HK) cost (for 4 nights) well worth it when we see how much she’s learned during our next 5-star resort holiday.

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