Macau president Chan dies suddenly
by Andrew Podnieks|18 MAY 2023
photo: © Macau Ice Sports Federation
Kwan Fai “Winston” Chan, the longtime president of the Macau Ice Sports Federation, passed away on April 29 at the age of 77 as a result of complications from COVID-19. He had been president of the federation since 2004, when it was first organized, and was a staunch advocate of hockey in his homeland.
He leaves behind a wife, two daughters, one brother, and two sisters.
Born in Guangdong, China, Chan attended secondary school and later became general manager of Future Bright Laundry Limited. But it was his love of sports outside of work that gave Chan his energy. In his capacity as president of the MISF, he set up a Youth Development Program for ice hockey in 2009 in order to nurture and develop young players and create an interest in the sport at the grassroots level. Starting in 2010, Chan was also a committee member of the Macau Sports Council for eight years and an executive member of Macau China Sports and the Macau China Olympic Committee.
In addition to hockey, Chan was very interested in tenpin bowling and worked tirelessly as an administrator in that sport. He was the vice president of the Macau China Bowling Association and for years was the general manager of the Macau team that competed at the Asian Tenpin Bowling Championship.
Chan’s passing will be deeply felt within the organization, but his vision will carry on, and the future of ice hockey is full of promise in Macau China because of Chan’s efforts that spanned some two decades.