athlete of the week
Name Wu Sze-ngo
School City University of Hong Kong
Grade Year Three
Achievements Wu has been a member of the Hong Kong taekwondo squad since 2006.
She was the University Sports Federation of Hong Kong's (USFHK) Most Valuable Player (taekwondo) for 2007 and 2008, and the champion of the USFHK Taekwondo Competition in 2007, 2008 and 2009. She was also a winner at the Asian Cities Gold Cup Taekwondo Championship in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
Soundbite 'I took up taekwondo in Secondary Two as an extra-curricular activity. I did it just for fun,' Wu said. 'I took part in inter-school tournaments in Secondary Four and that's when I started to concentrate on the sport.
'I earned the black belt when I was 17. Taekwondo is very exciting because I can defend myself when I am in danger.
'My family and friends support my involvement in the sport. My classmates even schedule meetings around my taekwondo schedule. I am very grateful for their help.
'My performances in taekwondo have shown my dad that I am a capable athlete. I have loved sport since I was a kid, but I was not particularly good at anything. My dad thought I had no talent for sport, but I proved him wrong. I don't think I will become a full-time athlete after graduation. I am studying business-related subjects and I would like to develop my career in that field.'
From her coach 'Wu is a very motivated, hard-working athlete,' Lo Oi-ho said.
'She never gives up. She will always fight back no matter how far behind she is. She has great skills but she needs to add more power to her game. I think she will improve a lot after competing in international tournaments over the next two years.'
Ambition 'Right now, I am focused on fighting for a place to represent Hong Kong at the 2009 East Asian Games,' Wu said.