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06/06/2004
Meads prepares Hong Kong Team

Former British Champion Stephen Meads has been helping Hong Kong's men's team prepare for the upcoming Asian Championships ...

meads in hong kong Meads prepares Hong Kong team for Asian Championships

Former British Champion Stephen Meads has just completed his second two-week stint with the Hong Kong Men's team as they prepare for theis month's Asian Squash Championships, and is convinced they can do well in Malaysia from 19-26 June.

Stephen Meads"They are ready for it and they have prepared for it. It's really down to them. The Hong Kong team have been preparing for this the right way. There's no reason why they can't do well," Meads told the South China Morning Post.

Hong Kong's men's were the highest placed Asian team, at eighth, in last year's World Team Championships in Vienna, and are looking to improve on their third place in the last Asian Championships in 2002.

"It just shows if they are prepared to work at the Hong Kong Sports Institute, the results will come," said Meads.

The Hong Kong men's team comprises Vincent Cheung, Roger Ngan, Wong Wai-hang and veteran pro Faheem Khan. Dick Lau Siu-wai will play in the individual tournament, but Hong Kong's best chance of a men's medal is in the team competition.

Rebecca Chiu winth Carol OwensRebecca Chiu, the reigning Asian Games champion, is Hong Kong's brightest gold medal prospect, however. While Meads has been helping the men,  reigning world champion Carol Owens also lent her vast experience by training the women's team for four weeks in readiness for the championships.

"I also spent two weeks in February and I have seen definite improvement in the team," said Meads, who spent 15 years in the world's top 30 in a 17-year career. "My role is to give them different ideas and to help them lift themselves to a good enough standard for the championships. I can play them, train them and push them.

"Everybody has their own style of play. I encourage them and try to give them tips on the small areas of the game. The best form of training is playing. That's what you do at the end of the day. I like the setup here in Hong Kong," Meads said.  "Everybody seems to be working together and nobody is pulling rank. They are all working together on a common goal, which is trying to improve squash."

Meads said he was most impressed by Lau. "Dick can be the first Hong Kong player to reach the top. Potentially, he is good enough to be in the world's top 10. Obviously, he will have to work on it," said Meads.

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