Enjoy every moment of life and sports, what you are doing in sports is a reflection of your life.


Maurice Szeto is a former member of the Hong Kong Cross Country Team. Maurice  is Distance Running, Soccer and Dragon Boat Coach. He represented Hong Kong at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, and competed in Switzerland and Poland in 1986.

What’s your coaching philosophy?

Enjoy every moment of life and sports, what you are doing in sports is a reflection of your life.
Running: Work hard and don't give up
Dragon Boat: Work hard work together win and lose as a team
Football: Believe in youth, let them learn from mistakes and give youth chances.

What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about being a running coach?

Students come to tell you the pain has gone after my teaching how to run properly.Students tell me he/she want to continue after some tough training. They benefit, improve and enjoy running is most rewarding to me.

What do you look for in a budding athlete?

Understand the meaning behind competition/winning or losing.

What top tip would you give to someone about to compete in their first marathon?

Work hard work hard work hard but need to listen to their own body always, stay healthy and enjoy running.

What are the most important life lessons one can learn from running?

Won a race while everyone thought I was going to be the runner up finisher, but I didn't give up until crossed finishing. Again and again I made history and I caused trouble to the judges and finally I won the race (not just once, for quite a few times before) Never Give Up !!

What is the most exciting thing that has happened in your football coaching career so far?

To see young boys (not just one) to become true football players and staying in the team when most of people thought they were no good for the team. But, by giving them chances, encouragement and be patient, they can actually get there. I made good decisions not to give them up while others thinking differently (short term result).

What do you think are the essential skills of a successful football coach?

Communication and presentation

How do you help young players balance the highs and lows that comes with sports?

Encouragement always helpful no matter when highs or lows.

Has dragon boat racing grown in popularity over the years?What do you like most about dragon boat racing?

Yes, dragon boating is getting popular and popular and I like how this sports show people how team works are more important than individual.

What are the health benefits of dragon boat racing?

It's a very good exercise for breast cancer rehab.

In the many years of experience in a team sport like dragon boat, how do you define teamwork? What is that crucial thing that makes‘teamwork’ work?

More than one person carry out common orders to achieve common goal established by the team, this is teamwork. Once team goal established, all team members work hard together and help each other for the team goal.

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