Champion proves that appearances can be deceiving
By SHIRLEY KWOK
SLIGHT of build and shy of character, Yuen Ching-tsz of Ka Chi Secondary School raised a lot of eyebrows when she won the girls' Grade A individual champion's title at the school's sixth athletic meet held at Tuen Mun Tang Shiu Kin Sports Ground.
The sixth former, who is known as a quiet and gentle soul, won the title after placing first in the long jump, second in the 200-metre race and third in the 100-metre hurdles.
The Truth House member said such good results were a surprise.
''Although I like sports and enjoy playing badminton, I am not very good at track events. Even my classmates did not have much confidence in me,'' said a delighted Ching-tsz.
After tasting victory, Ching-tsz said her confidence had taken a boost and that she would like join next year's sports meet, even though she would be busy preparing the A-level examination then.
''You never know what you can achieve until you give it a try. I hope that by learning this today, I will take more initiative and be more active, not only in sports, but in other aspects of my life in future.'' Unlike Ching-tsz, whose's gentle appearance does not mark her as an aggressive athlete, winner Wong Sen-hei looks every inch the sportsman, standing six-foot tall.
Sen-hei, also from Truth House, won the Grade A individual championship after taking the 110 m hurdles, 400 m, 1,500 m and triple jump.
He said he was influenced by his father, who liked sports very much and always played badminton with him.
Sports-lovers Chan Hung-chau, Ngai Mang-lok and Lam Fung-ni of Hope House also shone in the meet, winning the individual championships in the boys' Grades B and C and girls' Grade C, respectively.
Their triumphs helped Hope House to emerge with 928 marks and take the House overall championship.
Third-former Chan Hung-chau, who obtained a gold medal in the 100 m and two silver in the long jump and 400 m, said he made a special effort to prepare for the competition.
''In order to have a strong body, I played basketball everyday after school with my classmates.
''I treasure the opportunity to play sports. People become close friends and know more about each other when they play sports together and learn the ways of good sportsmanship,'' said Hung-chau.
The competition also saw seven records set - in the boys' Grade B 100 m, Grade C 100 m, 200 m and 4 x 100 m, girls' Grade A 800 m, 4 x 100 m and Grade C long jump.
RESULTS House overall champions: Hope House. Overall runners-up: Truth House and Faith House. Cheering team award: Faith House. Runners-up: Truth House and Love House. Individual champion - Boys' Grade A: Wong Sen-hei, Grade B: Chan Hung-chau, Grade C: Ngan Mang-lok; Individual champion - Girls' Grade A: Yuen Ching-tsz, Grade B: Leung Hoi-ning, Grade C: Lam Fung-ni.