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On the Race Track (16 Aug 2007)


When an athlete represents his country or city to take part in an international event abroad, he or she has to adapt themselves to an ever changing environment. HO Kim-fai, the now retired rowing guru who won Hong Kong's first gold medal for the sport at East Asian Games 1993, recalls that she has accumulated valuable experience, either winning or losing, during her participation in numerous matches.It was ten years since CHEUNG Wai-leung snatched four gold medals for wheelchair fencing for himself and the Hong Kong team of which he was a member in the Atlanta Paralympic 1996. Over the decade following the historical success, many elite athletes have left the team, while performance of rivals from China was picking up. Nevertheless, coach ZHENG Zhao-kang is still ambitious. He is preparing the team for the Far East and South Pacific Games for the Disabled, to be held in Malaysia. CHAN Yiu-hoi has led Hong Kong's swimmers for 12 years. Now he still organizes night-and-day training schedules for swimmers, who are competing with their international counterparts over a margin of a few seconds. In December 2006, the team took part in the Doha Asian Games. One of its members, Rosanna SZE, has joined the team for six years. Her dream is to play in the forthcoming Beijing Olympic 2008.

Glamour of Sports
Publish Date: 
Thursday, August 16, 2007
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