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.
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.