Lam eyes Asian Games glory

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 January, 2010, 12:00am

Top Hong Kong showjumper Patrick Lam has high hopes for the upcoming Asian Games in Guangzhou. He won a gold and a bronze medal at last year's China National Games in Shandong .

The 26-year-old will spend most of his time training in Europe to prepare for the region's showpiece sporting event, which will be held from November 12 to 27 this year.

'The Hong Kong team is aiming for a medal in the Asian Games. There'll be strong competition from Japan, Malaysia and Arab countries but we also have a very good team,' Lam said.

He is being coached by Dietmar Gugler, who is also in charge of the junior German equestrian team. 'I will spend most of my time training in Germany. Every week there are several horse shows all over Europe and I will try to attend one every week to prepare myself for the Asian Games,' Lam said.

Apart from riding horses, Lam is climbing and running to maintain his physical fitness and concentration.

'I try not to overwork myself because, as an equestrian athlete, it's very important to keep calm and know how to relax. If you are tense, the horse will sense it and it will be affected.'

Lam bought two horses last September for the Asian Games.

'I spent a week at a stable in Germany to try out different horses. I rode eight horses and in the end I chose Millennium and Tillburt, both 10 years old. I feel comfortable riding them and they have a cautious personality, which is perfect for the sport.'

Lam said he spends a lot of time with the horses. 'I feed them, clean them. In equestrian events, you are competing with a partner so it is important to build up a good relationship with the horses,' he said.