Carefree surfer sails ahead

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 August, 2007, 12:00am

Name: Stephanie Chan Chor-ki

School: Maryknoll Convent School

Grade: Form Five

Sport: Windsurfing

Achievements: Stephanie, 16, (left) was selected for the Hong Kong team a year ago. She won the overall title at the Hong Kong Windsurfing Circuit 2006/2007 Tuen Mun Championship (Junior Section).

She was also champion of the FedEx 2006 RS:X Asian Championships and Hong Kong Open Windsurfing Championships International Mistral Class Organisation (Junior Class) competition.

She came third in the Hong Kong Windsurfing Circuit 2005/2006 Raceboard Girls' Category.

Soundbite: 'I took up windsurfing when I was 11 years old. I was attracted by the fast pace of the sport. It also seemed extremely cool to me,' Stephanie said. 'Whenever I'm surfing, I feel carefree. I

literally leave all my frustrations behind me.

'One of my role models is my schoolmate and fellow-windsurfer, Hayley Chan. I never cease to be awed by her perseverance and how she strikes a balance between schoolwork and windsurfing. I hope I can be as outstanding as her.'

From her coach: 'Stephanie is a diligent and determined athlete. This is a challenging year for her as she has to deal with a change in equipment as well as her HKCEE,' said windsurfing coach Chan


'With her natural talent and physical strength, I have no doubt she will continue to excel.'

Ambitions: 'Windsurfing is an exhilarating and competitive sport. I'm going to try and work my way to the top,' Stephanie said.

'Since I'll be taking my Certificate exam this year, my first priority will be my studies. However, I hope to become a full-time professional windsurfer and a coach eventually.'