Athlete clears height hurdle

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 July, 2007, 12:00am

Name: Horace Hui Po-lam

School: Hong Kong Polytechnic University (hotel management)

Grade: Year 2

Sports: Volleyball

Achievements: Hui, 24, represented Hong Kong at the Asian Games in Doha.

He also took part in the 23rd World University Games in Turkey and the Asia Championship tournament in Shanghai.

He is a member of the Hong Kong national volleyball team and the Polytechnic University volleyball team.

From his coach: 'Horace is a reliable member of the team. He attends as many training sessions as he can.

'Although his height was a big constraint in the beginning, he worked very hard and it is not a problem anymore. He and his twin brother, who is also in the [university] team, helped build up communication between their teammates and the coach,' said Polytechnic University volleyball coach Thomas Choi Kam-tong.

'He also strikes a good balance between his studies and sports, which is usually hard to do.'

Soundbite: 'When I was young, I was addicted to watching volleyball matches on television. So I decided to take on the sport.

'My height was a big constraint, and I was rejected by the youth national team because I was not tall enough. But I didn't give up.

'Luckily, when I started university, the coach sent me to the South China Athletic Association.

'I received proper training there and was later accepted by the national team.

'Last year in Doha, I got the chance to meet some members of the Chinese women's volleyball team. It was an unforgettable experience.'

Ambitions: 'Volleyball is not as popular as other sports in Hong Kong, so the government does not invest much money in developing it.

'In the future, I will continue to play in the Hong Kong team, but I don't think I'm going to become a professional athlete.'