athlete of the week

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 08 September, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 September, 2009, 12:00am

Name: Tony Yip Chun-him

School: Ying Wa College

Grade: Form Four

Sport: Table Tennis

Achievements: Chun-him, 15, is the champion of the 2009 Youth Monthly Match of the Hong Kong Table Tennis Association. He was also a key player of Ying Wa College's Grade B team, which came fourth in the Kowloon and Hong Kong Division 1 competition last year.

Soundbite: 'When I was in kindergarten, my father taught me to play table tennis. I always played with him on the wooden table in my granny's house,' Chun-him said.

'I won my first inter-school championship aged seven. There is keen competition in the school team. You have to work very hard to stay in the team.

'I have learned that losing is part of the game. The best way to cope with the pressure is to relax and focus on the match.

'Wang Liqin is my favourite player. Although he is not the best player on the China team, he is still very good.

'My strength is my service and backhand. But I need to be a more attacking player and boost the power of my forehand and smash.

'After Cheng Chor-fung [champion of the Hang Seng Bank Youth Championships this year] left our team, we need to be well-prepared and show that his absence won't affect our results.

From his coaches: 'Yip loves table tennis,' said his coach Ng Kwok-kay. 'He has a great ability to read his opponent's strategy. He can still improve his game.'

Wong Wai-ming, head of the school team, said: 'Yip is one of the rising stars in the team. He is an all-round player but recently he has had to concentrate more on his academic work. I hope he manages his time better and continue his good performances.'

Ambitions: 'I would like to do well in the upcoming inter-school competitions. It is too early to say whether I would represent Hong Kong in the future, but I would work really hard to achieve my dream,' Chun-him said.