Junior windsurfers make waves

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 June, 2010, 12:00am

It was hot and humid, with a few showers and little wind. Despite the unfavourable weather conditions, Hong Kong's top junior windsurfers gathered last weekend for the Bank of China (Hong Kong) 53rd Festival of Sports Windsurfing Competition.

The two-day regatta was held at the Water Sports Centre at Stanley Main Beach. It was the last of the two qualifying events for the 2010 World Junior (Techno 293) Championships. The top three competitors in junior boys' and the top two in junior girls' techno group will have a chance to qualify for the championships which will be held in France next month.

'We had a mixed gender group for junior windsurfers who used techno boards last year and I was the runner-up in the event,' said Man Ka-kei, winner of the junior girls' techno group. This year, boys and girls competed in separate groups.

Ka-kei will represent Hong Kong at the Youth Olympics to be held in Singapore in August.

'With little wind during the competition, it was physically demanding to finish all five races,' said runner-up Lydia Chau kin-ching. Lydia nearly won the gold medal after winning the last race, while Ka-kei finished fourth. But Ka-kei was awarded first place because of her better overall performance.

In the junior boys' group, Michael Cheng Chun-leung - who will also take part in the Youth Olympics - led from start to finish to win the gold medal. 'I have just finished my exams and I didn't expect too much in this competition. I only started training full-time last week because I will be competing at the upcoming Youth Olympic Games,' he said.

Lee Chun-ting and Kwok Tsz-him, who came second and third respectively, also have a good chance of qualifying for the World Junior Championships in France.

Kevin is a Young Post intern