Wheelchair fencer's golden goal

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 September, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 13 September, 2004, 12:00am

Name: Alison Yu Chui-yee

School: Our Lady of the Rosary College

Grade: Form Seven

Sport: Wheelchair fencing (epee and foil)

Statistics: Alison is one of the most successful athletes the sport has ever known. This week she leaves for Athens to compete in her first-ever Paralympic Games.

The 19-year-old, who lost a leg to bone cancer at 11, has won gold at every international competition she has entered since 2001. She became world champion in the epee event in her first year of competition.

Her best performance to date came at the FESPIC Games in Busan, South Korea, in 2002 when she took gold in all four events she entered.

This year she won gold in foil and epee at the Madrid and Poland World Cup events. She is aiming for another four golds at the Paralympics which open on Friday.

Soundbite: 'The Paralympics winner is the world champion. The Games are very important to me. To be a champion you have to work hard in all areas of your life, not just sports. You have to try your best in everything you do.'

Interests: Likes badminton, swimming and bowling, and enjoys studying the natural environment.

From her coach: 'Chui-yee is a strong and clever girl. She can respond quickly and shows high concentration during competitions. She picks up skills and techniques quickly,' said Dr York Chow, chairman of the Sports Association for the Physically Disabled.

Ambitions: Alison's next goal is to join the Hong Kong team at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. She would like to study geology at Chinese University.