Charm offensive pays dividends

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 24 April, 2006, 12:00am

Name: Charm Wing-kei

School: Polytechnic University (PolyU)

Grade: Year Two

Sport: Handball

Achievements: In the absence of the regular captain through injury, Charm, 22, led the Hong Kong squad to the Silver Plate title at the sixth International Handball Tournament at Kowloon Park Sports Centre earlier this month.

Last year, Charm was part of the Hong Kong team who placed ninth out of 12 teams at the All-China National Games in Nanjing.

His club team, Yung Ngai, are third in Division One at present and have a chance to win the championship. He also helped PolyU to second place in the university league this year.

The former Pui Ching Middle School student has been on handball exchange programmes to Switzerland and Japan, and trains four times a week with the SAR squad at Choi Hung Road Sports Centre.

From his coach: 'Charm is a very good organiser of the team,' said Hong Kong coach Au Yau-hok. 'He may not be our most skilful player, but he plays with a lot of heart. He did a good job of being captain and could get the job permanently in future.'

Soundbite: 'I think it [handball] is an exciting, fast game where you must use your brain. I started playing handball in Form Two. It was more suitable for me than basketball. It's my ninth year in the sport now. This tournament [sixth International Handball Tournament] was a valuable experience for us. The European teams were taller and more powerful.'

Ambitions: Charm's target for next season is to win the university title. He says he will keep playing to build friendships and make contacts around the world. He plans to become a coach in future.