Andrew has what it takes

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 April, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 30 April, 2007, 12:00am

Name: Andrew Boyce

School: Chinese International School

Grade: Year 11

Sport: Water polo

Achievements: Andrew, 15, took up the sport a year and a half ago after getting bored of swimming. He started training seriously in the past six months and joined the Hong Kong team less than three weeks ago. He has been going to Guangzhou with his teammates for intense training camps.

Last Friday, he took part in his first international event, the Thailand Water Polo Championships, where he believes the team has a chance of making it into the finals.

Soundbite: 'This is the first time I'm representing Hong Kong in a tournament. I'm very nervous. Water polo is a tough sport. I'm playing against people who are more experienced and stronger. My biggest asset will be my speed, because I used to be a swimmer. I'm one of the fastest on the team,' Andrew said.

From his coach: 'Andrew is very new to water polo. His biggest advantage is his attitude. He's serious about the sport and wants to learn. Right now, he might be able to absorb the skills we teach, but he won't be able to use them yet,' said coach Benyamin Simonyan.

'Water polo is a very difficult sport. You need to swim fast and you need endurance. A game lasts an hour and 15 minutes. You need a lot of strength and you need to be able to recover quickly.

'Andrew can do it, because he's young, willing to learn and has the attitude. If he wants to, in two years, he will become one of the most important water polo players in Hong Kong. He has potential.'

Ambitions: 'I've finally found the sport I love. I'm working really hard. My long-term goal is to play in the world championships or Olympics. The Hong Kong team will need to be number one in Asia to compete,' Andrew said.