Awards just keep coming

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 November, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 November, 2002, 12:00am

The training is not so intense now the Asian Games are over and he is back in school, but talented tenpin bowling star Wu Siu-hong has just hauled in yet another award. The 18-year-old was presented with a record fifth Outstanding Junior Athlete award by the Sports Development Board this week.

Wu gets the recognition he deserves for his fantastic performance at the World Youth Bowling Championships in Thailand in August. He clinched a gold medal in the masters, his biggest ever international prize, and a bronze in the singles events.

In the past, Wu has won other major prizes including two golds at the East Asian Games in Osaka last year. He also won two legs of the Asian circuit last year and has hit the perfect score of 300 points three times - twice in competition.

'It's a great surprise and incredible really,' said Wu who thanked his coach, teammates and family for their support. 'I never imagined I would win this five times.'

But a year out of school for hard training at the Sports Institute, ahead of last month's Asian Games in Busan, failed to pay off as a disappointing performance in South Korea meant he failed to feature in the medals count as expected.

'The Games are over and now I'll concentrate on studying, but that doesn't mean I will quit playing. I want to be good at both,' said Wu, who has returned to Carmel Alison Lam Foundation Secondary School.

The 2002 third quarter awards also honoured wheelchair fencing ace Yu Chui-yee, who became the first female athlete to win the award four times, while windsurfer Chan Wai-man picked up her first ever prize.

'The award is a great morale booster for local athletes, and I'm happy to win it a fourth time,' said Yu who wins another $2,500 and sportswear vouchers.

Hong Kong's first fencing world champion Yu, won gold medals in the women's individual foil and epee at the Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in Poland recently, adding to the foil gold she won at the World Championships in Hungary in July.

The champ recently returned from South Korea where she won four gold medals at the Far East and South Pacific Games for the Disabled (FESPIC Games) held in Busan.

Windsurfer Chan could be the next Lee Lai-shan. The 18-year-old finished third out of 12 in the girls' mistral event at the Volvo Sailing ISAF World Championships in Canada recently.

'San-san is a real role model - her attitude to life is excellent,' said Chan.

The athletes were presented with their prizes at the Sports Institute in Sha Tin on Monday.