Teenagers named top junior athletes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 May, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 May, 2002, 12:00am

Tenpin bowler Wu Siu-hong and squash player Anson Kwong Yu-shun have scored great achievements in the international sports arena this year. And their efforts have been recognised, with the Hong Kong Sports Development Board naming the pair as winners of the first-quarter Outstanding Junior Athlete (OJA) Awards 2002.

Yu-shun, 15, won gold and silver medals at the Japan Junior Open in March, competing against older players.

This is the third OJA award for 17-year-old Wu, who has racked up no less than eight medals in just four senior tenpin bowling tournaments.

'I'm so glad to have won the award for a third time,' he said.

'The title is recognition of my hard work and pushes me to try harder in the future,' said the former student at Carmel Alison Lam Foundation Secondary School, who has taken a year out to be a full-time athlete.

Wu's recent haul includes three gold medals and a silver at the Mahatrako Cup in Indonesia, a silver at the CGU Asian Bowling Tour Grand Slam Finals in Singapore, two silvers at the President's Cup in Indonesia and a bronze at the Singapore International Open.

Wu has his sights set on a Masters tournament in Denmark later this month and his first-ever Asian Games in South Korea in October.

Yu-shun picked up gold in the boys' under-17 and silver in the under-19 category at the Japan Junior Open. This is his second OJA award. 'There are many good juniors around so I am happy to win this again,' he said.

The Aberdeen Technical School student began playing squash when he was just seven and won his first gold medal at an international event aged 12. 'To become the Asian junior champion is my immediate goal,' he said.