athlete of the week

PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 February, 2008, 12:00am

Each week we talk to HK's brightest and best

Name Alan To Yiu-lun

Sport Lion and Dragon Dance

Achievements Alan To Yiu-lun, 20, is a powerful force in the Hong Kong Chan Ka Fai Dragon and Lion Association.

He joined the association more than seven years ago, and has helped them win several titles.

To was in the squad that represented the association at the New Year Lion and Dragon Dance Competition when they successfully defended their title.

He also helped the association to win third place at the International Luminous Dragon Dance Competition in 2006.

Soundbite 'I've been practising lion and dragon dance for more than seven years,' To said.

'When I was studying in Form Two, we had to join an extra- curricular activity at school. I chose to take lion and dragon dance lessons because I thought they were cool and different.

'Thanks to my coach Chan, I found lion and dragon dance very attractive. It always revitalises me.

'Dragon dance requires great team spirit. It is a good feeling when nine people co-operate with each other closely to win.

'Practising lion and dragon dance requires lots of energy. I'm constantly exhausted yet I always enjoy it.

'I've also learned how to deal with my teammates, which has helped me a lot in my daily life.' From his coach 'Alan's fundamental skills are good, due to his hard work,' said coach Chan Ka-fai.

'He's willing to learn and to try new things. Although the practice is hard, he never gives up.

'Alan has always remained humble, which has impressed me a lot.'

Ambitions 'I still have a great interest in learning more about lion and dragon dance,' To said.

'It has brightened up my life. Even though I've left school and I'm working full time now, I still try my best to find more time to practise.

'I hope I can keep on performing and taking part in competitions for as long as possible.'