Volunteer win over teaching

MASTER Chung Dang from Bankstown has received a Distinguished Long Service Award at the NSW Community Sports Awards.

The Awards night, conducted at NSW Parliament House, recognised outstanding achievements and contributions to community sport in NSW which is largely carried out by a volunteer workforce.
Master Chung was one of 20 recipients from a wide cross-section of sports to receive their Award from NSW Minister for Sport, John Sidoti.
He was honoured for his decades of dedicated and unselfish service to the PCYC movement.
He has been teaching martial arts in a volunteer capacity at PCYC Bankstown and PCYC Fairfield/Cabramatta for over 30 years.
After arriving in Australia as a refugee in 1975, Master Chung said Australia gave him ‘a second chance to be a citizen’ which has been his driving force to give back to the community.
In 1986, he teamed up with peers with backgrounds in different martial arts to specifically teach local Vietnamese youth “Viet Quyen Dao” Martial Arts – a modern style of unarmed martial arts that combines the various facets of both traditional and contemporary martial arts including karate, judo and kickboxing, resulting in a complete system of unarmed combat.
Sport NSW Chairperson, Carolyn Campbell, said Master Chung was a worthy Award recipient.
“Sport in NSW relies on people such as Master Chung who have voluntarily dedicated their time over many decades,” she said.
“Put simply, sport would not exist without them.”