Christ­mas joy

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By HONEY TSANG in Hong Kong hon­eyt­sang@chi­nadai­lyhk.com

Chil­dren re­ceive Christ­mas gifts as they meet Santa Kiwi and Santa Ap­ple, who won the sec­ond run­ner-up at the Santa Win­ter Games in Swe­den on Dec 10, at the Tai Hang Tung Es­tate in Kowloon Tong on Wed­nes­day.

Since 2009 a band of tal­ented, home­grown jolly fel­lows from Hong Kong have par­tic­i­pated in the Santa Win­ter Games, in Gael­li­vare, a small town in Swe­den. This year was par­tic­u­larly sweet as Hong Kong’s very own Poon Sin-man, aka Santa Kiwi, all of 153 cm in height, sailed through a set of chal­lenges to win the bronze medal, beat­ing fel­low com­peti­tors from France and Ger­many.

Poon was the only fe­male con­tes­tant from Asia. Part­nered with last year’s cham­pion, Chik Hiu-kit, also known as Santa Ap­ple, the duo pulled off a se­ries of as­ton­ish­ing feats. They had to per­form four adrenaline-pump­ing games: las­so­ing, Christ­mas gift de­liv­ery, dancing, and the grand finale.

Poon’s win marks a pleas­ant de­par­ture from con­ven­tion. She is young, petite, and mus­tache-less and one imag­ines had to per­form ex­tra well in other de­part­ments to com­pete against the odds stacked up against her. She trained very hard for the games, us­ing her lithe body to its best ad­van­tage. She and her part­ner won a grand slam in the “las­so­ing” chal­lenge.

Santa Jocke and Har­mangernissen from Swe­den emerged cham­pi­ons, fol­lowed by Santa Jim and Johnny from the Chi­nese main­land as the run­ners-up.

PARKER ZHENG / CHINA DAILY

PHOTOS PRO­VIDED TO CHINA DAILY

Poon Sin-man (right) and Chik Hiu-kit from Hong Kong lock arms, twirling around each other dur­ing the “dancing” chal­lenge.

Chik and Poon cel­e­brate af­ter win­ning the sec­ond run­ners-up ti­tle at the Santa Win­ter Games held in Swe­den. Poon man­aged to skate across a patch of ice and “send out Christ­mas gifts” in three min­utes.

The Santa Win­ter Games took place in Gael­li­vare, north­ern Swe­den, on Dec 10.

Chik, aka Santa Ap­ple, beat every­one else in the “las­so­ing” chal­lenge game.

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