athlete of the week

PUBLISHED : Monday, 31 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 31 March, 2008, 12:00am

Each week we talk to HK's brightest and best

Name To Yuk-ting

Sport Rowing

Achievements To turned 18 last year and has been promoted to the senior Hong Kong team.

She is the top-ranked Hong Kong junior female rower, having snatched silver medals in the junior women's single sculls at both the 12th and 13th Asian Junior Rowing Championships in Singapore and South Korea, respectively.

The silver medal she clinched in South Korea even brought her the Hong Kong Sports Institute's Outstanding Junior Athlete Award.

Soundbite 'I took up the sport in a school promotion programme in 2001 as I thought it was special and less popular. Since then, I've been enthusiastic about playing the sport,' said To.

'For girls taking part in rowing, the greatest obstacle is physical strength. The boat is quite heavy for girls, especially beginners.

'The training is intense and account for quite a lot of the time. Before I began training full-time, I had to practise in the morning, then went to school and continued training after school.

'Although training took up lots of my time, I'm still willing to practise as rowing is really what I love to do.

'From rowing, I gain great satisfaction. In addition, I've made many good friends. The Asian junior rowing competition is definitely my most memorable experience. Not only did I win a silver medal, I spent my 18th birthday in Korea. I'm so thrilled that my teammates celebrated the big day with me.'

From her coach 'It's the first year for Yuk-ting to be promoted to the senior team. So far, her performance and progress are good. The transition is quite smooth. Now, what she needs is to gain experience,' said Hong Kong's head coach, Chris Perry.

Ambitions 'I'd like to progress by learning from the experiences of senior rowers and other athletes. I hope to represent Hong Kong at the Olympics and the East Asian Games,' To said.