Athlete clears height hurdle
Name: Horace Hui Po-lam
School: Hong Kong Polytechnic University (hotel management)
Grade: Year 2
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.'