athlete of the week

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 April, 2008, 12:00am

Each week we talk to HK's brightest and best

Name Yeung Chi-ka

School Lok Mo Integrated Vocational Training Centre

Sport Table tennis

Achievements Yeung, 19, is ranked second in the world after winning a silver medal at the fifth International Sports Federation for People with an Intellectual Disability World Table Tennis Championships in 2007.

She won the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) Outstanding Junior Athlete Award three times and has received the HKSI Sport Aid for the Disabled Grant since 2006.

Yeung clinched the 2007 Hong Kong Potential Sports Stars Award after she returned with two gold medals and a silver from the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai last year.

Soundbite 'I started playing table tennis when I was in Form One. I was encouraged by my teacher to take it up as a leisure activity. Later, I found myself increasingly involved in the sport,' Yeung said.

'I love playing table tennis. I have made a lot of good friends through the sport. I practise from Monday to Saturday but I never find it exhausting or boring. And I often meet my teammates and friends to practise on Sundays.

'I've travelled to lots of different places for international competitions. I missed my family very much at the beginning but now I am used to it. I find it very interesting and my horizons have expanded. I love Ireland the most out of all the places I've been because it is so spacious and clean.

'I enjoy practising table tennis and I love winning competitions. It gives me such a great feeling of satisfaction.'

From her coach 'Yeung is a real table tennis lover. She is very devoted and I can see her improving all the time,' said coach Cui Siao-yan.

'However, she has to learn how to deal with the pressure bought on by competition because it can affect her performance.'

Ambitions 'I hope to continue to practise very hard and play for the glory of Hong Kong in the future,' Yeung said.