Kwok overcomes major hurdle

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 July, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 11 July, 2005, 12:00am

Name: Kwok Ching-yin

School: Diocesan Girls' School

Year: Form Two

Sport: Athletics (Hurdles)

Achievements: Kwok Ching-yin ranks top of the of the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association's Junior Women's 400m hurdles rankings and second on the seniors.

After placing second in the first leg, she was the champion in women's 400m hurdles in the second and third legs of the Watsons Water 'Athletic King' Championships 2005.

Ching-yin currently holds the Hong Kong Age Group Record for girls grade C 100m hurdles.

The DGS athlete placed third in women's 400m hurdles in the Hong Kong Summer Invitational Athletic Meet 2004 (recently renamed the Hong Kong Inter-city Athletics Challenge).

In 2001, when Ching-yin was in Primary Five, she joined the Junior Elite Training Programme organised by the Watsons Athletic Club. She got injured in late August 2004 and failed to perform as well as before. But commitment and effort paid off, and she recently attained her best time since her injury.

Soundbite: 'I know I can overcome the despair. Encouraged by the recent improvement, I'm confident in delivering satisfactory performance at the Hong Kong Inter-city Athletic Challenge this weekend.'

From her coach: 'Ching-yin is too young for mass training on specialised event. We are still exploring which event she will be most suitable for. I will let her naturally and gradually develop her potentials,' said Yu Lik.

'Provided that she maintains satisfactory and steady progress and doesn't get injured, she may break the Hong Kong Junior record in women's 400m hurdles in one or two years.

Ambitions: The All China Youth Athletic Championships are Ching-yin's main target this year.

Last year, when she was a year younger than her rivals, she came third with a personal best of 1 minute 09 seconds.

She hopes to time 1 min 07 or 1 min 08 this year and remain top of the rankings.