athlete of the week

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 28 April, 2008, 12:00am

Each week we talk to HK's brightest and best

Name Leung Hau-sze

School Diocesan Girls' School

Grade Form Four

Sport short-distance running

Achievements Hau-sze, 17, specialises in 100- and 200-metre sprints. In 2005, she demonstrated her ability by winning a gold medal in the 100m race at the All-China Youth Athletic Championships with a time of 12.64 seconds.

She has performed well in both local and international competitions. She received the Hong Kong Amateur Athletics Association Best Junior Athlete of the Year award for four consecutive years.

Hau-sze currently holds the 200m Hong Kong record in the junior girls' category, with a time of 24.36 seconds.

Soundbite 'I took up athletics in Primary Four. After I had performed well at a primary school sports day, my teachers encouraged me to start formal training,' said Hau-sze.

'Short-distance running is fast and exciting, that's why I enjoy it. I've tried other events but I didn't find them anything like as interesting. Long-distance running is too tough for me. In addition, I'm happy training with my teammates. We've become good friends and I enjoy working with them.

'I don't find training hard or boring. I can get very nervous during competitions. At the World Junior Championships last year, my performance was affected. I hope to have better control this year.'

From her coach 'Hau-sze is tall, which is definitely an advantage. She started receiving formal training when she was young so her fundamental skills are good,' Lai Chun-hung said. 'She works hard and has clear targets. But she needs to improve her strength.'

Ambitions 'I have to prepare for my HKCEE examination so I will stop most of my training this year. I would like to break the Hong Kong junior girls' 100m record [12.06 seconds] and improve my own 200m record,' said Hau-sze.