What started out as a final event for the summer season in the Danish Seamen’s Church in Hong Kong, has grown to be one of the annual highlights for Danes living abroad in Southern China. This year, the Danish Olympics reached a milestone as the Danes could celebrate five years of fun on Shek O Beach.
“When we started planning this event five years ago, we had no idea it would fit so well into the minds of Danes living in Hong Kong,” Kent Tonsgaard Nordentoft Petersen says. He is one of the organizers and founders of ‘Danish Olympics in Hong Kong’.
But it did. More than 40 Danes in all ages participated in the first edition of the Olympics and since then, the number of athletes have slightly increased. This year, 49 Danes and international partners showed up dressed in their team colors ready to prove they were born in the toughest region of Denmark.
“It turns out that most Danes in Hong Kong originate from Jutland,” Kent tells.
Out of six teams, three were fighting for bringing glory to Middle Jutland, one for Northern Jutland, one for Funen and smaller islands, and one for Sealand. Middle Jutland 2 – dressed in yellow – won last year’s Olympics and was determined to be the first team to win the games twice.
To win the Danish Olympics it requires mixed skills as the 10 disciplines are more than just physical activities. It is a tradition that two of the disciplines are quizzes about Denmark – a location quiz and a trivia quiz. The teams are also battling in word puzzles and riddles.
“That being said, the rest is physical activities inspired by the real Olympics and made up fun like “Foam Shooting” and the “Water Hat” where the team runs across the beach with a bowl filled with water on top of their heads,” Kent says.
For the first time in the history of the Danish Olympics a team could raise the trophy for the second time:
2. Funen and smaller islands came in second
3. Northern Jutland third
After the results everyone gathered around the barbecue area for a late lunch.
“And as usual, we celebrated an early St. Hans and sung Midsommervisen before we wished everyone a great summer,” Kent tells.