Wan scoops top prize for ninth time

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 April, 2008, 12:00am

Tang Yik-chun defends men's title as leading athletes run away with awards

Veteran runner Wan Kin-yee won the prestigious Women's Senior Athlete of the Year award for the ninth time at a presentation ceremony held last month.

Meanwhile, sprinter Tang Yik-chun successfully defended the men's title at The Athletes of the Year 2007 competition organised by the Hong Kong Amateur Athletic Association (HKAAA).

The winners were revealed at the 48th HKAAA Annual Prize Presentation and Dinner held on March 27.

The ceremony was presided over by Johnny Woo, chief executive officer of the 2009 East Asian Games (Hong Kong) Limited. The announcement of Athletes of the Year 2007 gave a great boost to the atmosphere at the event.

The selection committee considered five criteria: sportsmanship, enthusiasm, service, performance and consistent progress in performance.

Tang clinched the Men's Senior Athlete of the Year award for the second time. He also won the Men's Junior Athlete of the Year category in 2004 and 2005.

Tang proved his talent when he became the first local athlete to receive a sports scholarship in the United States. He is in a leading position in the rankings, and is the Hong Kong record holder at 100 metres and 200m.

It was no surprise that the Women's Senior Athlete of the Year award went to Wan, who has been the Hong Kong 100m and 200m record holder for nearly nine years.

In the youth category, rising star Leung Ki-ho, who broke four Hong Kong records in 2007, won the Men's Junior Athlete of the Year honour.

Leung Hau-sze clinched the Women's Junior Athlete of the Year award. The sprinter broke the Hong Kong junior 200m and 4x100m relay records in 2007.

Leung scooped the prize for the fourth consecutive year.

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