HK's wheelchair fencers shine at World Cup

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 March, 2006, 12:00am

Former South China Morning Post Student Sportsperson of the Year Alison Yu Chui-yee played a key role as Hong Kong finished second in the Wheelchair Fencing World Cup at the Regal Riverside Hotel in Sha Tin last weekend.

Yu and Chan Yui-chong, the world's top-ranked players, each won two golds and a silver, helping Hong Kong to finish second behind China in the medals table.

China finished top of the standings with six gold, four silver and nine bronze medals.

The SAR was second with four gold, three silver and three bronze medals.

'I have improved a lot, both technically and mentally,' said Yu, who won four gold medals for Hong Kong at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games.

Yu, a first year student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, said she had more time to train now because of the flexibility in her studies.

The former Our Lady of the Rosary College student, who won the SCMP award in 2003, will represent Hong Kong at the World Championships in Turin, Italy, in September as well as the FESPIC Games in Kuala Lumpur in November.

Yu and Chan also received special awards during the competition.

Yu won the 2005 World Cup Best Female Fencer Award (Category A), while Chan was presented with two Best Fencer Awards. 'I'm really happy to receive the award at home,' Yu said. 'I will share it with my family and friends.'

A total of 80 fencers contested 10 individual and two team events. The countries represented were: France, Poland, Italy, Ukraine, Hungary, the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia and Hong Kong.