athlete of the week

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 November, 2009, 12:00am

Name: Cheung Wai-tong
School: Ying Wa College
Grade: Form Three
Sport: Swimming

Achievements: Wai-tong, 17, represented Hong Kong at the 2009 All-China Secondary School Students Games. He came third in the 200-metre butterfly and 4x100m freestyle relay and second in the 4x100m medley relay.

He won a gold medal in the 50m butterfly at the 2009/10 Hong Kong and Kowloon District Division 1 Inter-school Swimming Competition and came second in the 4x50m freestyle event.

Wai-tong will take part in the eighth Asian Swimming Championships on the mainland later this month.

Soundbite: 'I started training in Primary Two and have seen consistent improvement over the past nine years. This has encouraged me to work harder,' Wai-tong said.

'Sometimes after a tough training session, I try to sneak off to have a rest. But my coach Zhang Di-yong and my parents always remind me of the importance of practice - it helps to maintain my standards. In addition, my teammates are always there for me.

'I set a goal before every competition, and try to enjoy it. I don't really care about the outcome. When I face strong competitors, I usually take a deep breath before I jump off the diving block. It helps me concentrate and forget about the result. This year our school had more medallists and came third in the Grade A inter-school competition. I'm very happy about it and I hope my school can produce more good swimmers.'

From his coach: 'Cheung has good stamina and works very hard during training and competitions,' said Andy Mak Tai-yuen, teacher in charge of the school swimming team. 'He has a good personality and is a good role model for aspiring swimmers.'

Ambitions: 'I would like to do well at the upcoming Asian Swimming Championships,' Wai-tong said.