Wheelchair fencer aims for four golds

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 September, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 06 September, 2004, 12:00am

Name: Fung Ying-ki

School: Second year student at Baptist University

Sport: Wheelchair fencing (foil and sabre)

Statistics: Fung, 24, won three gold medals at the last Paralympic Games in Sydney four years ago. Next week, the former Kiangsu-Chekiang College (Sha Tin) student will jet off with the rest of the Hong Kong squad for the 2004 Games, to be held in Athens from September 17 to 28.

At the age of 12 Fung lost the use of his legs after a virus damaged his spinal cord. But he overcame that experience to become an expert in wheelchair fencing. He won four gold medals at the World Wheelchair Fencing Championships in Budapest, Hungary, in 2002. Later that year he won another four gold medals at the FESPIC Games in Busan, South Korea.

This year he won two silver medals at the Madrid World Cup, and a silver and a bronze at the Poland World Cup.

Soundbite: 'Fencing is a very exciting sport. It really gets the adrenaline pumping. When I am competing, I am completely focused and all other thoughts leave my mind.'

Interests: Fung plays sports during his free time. He likes rowing and cycling.

From his coach: 'Fung is a very talented fencer,' said Hong Kong head coach Zheng Kangzhao. 'He is clever, learns very quickly. He's got lots of energy and has a good sense of humour.'

Ambitions: Fung will go for gold in four events at the 2004 Paralympics - the individual and team events in both foil and sabre. He is studying to earn a degree in Physical Education and Recreation Management. He hopes to be a sports coach.