youth olympian of the week
Name Kent Cheung Kin-tat
School Diocesan Boys' School
Grade Form Six
Achievements Kent, 17, is a member of the Hong Kong swimming team. He holds the local record for the 200 metres freestyle. At the 2009 East Asian Games, he won the bronze medal in the 4x100 men's freestyle relay. Last year, he also won a gold medal at the Asian Youth Games in Singapore and a bronze medal at the Asian Swimming Championships, held in Foshan . At the Asian Age Group Swimming Championships in 2007, he took two golds and one silver.
How he qualified 'I was selected earlier this year to enter the Youth Olympic Games (YOG), but later it was decided I was to be left out as the Hong Kong team's quota was full. Then I received an invitation from the organisers last month after they increased the number of places so I'm able to take part in the YOG after all.'
Soundbite 'My teammates and I trained very hard for last year's East Asian Games. We failed to get a medal in the first relay race but we didn't give up.
'We had a better strategy last year at the Asian Swimming Championships in Foshan. I was part of the first leg of the Hong Kong team in the 4x200 metres freestyle relay. I broke the Hong Kong record for the 200 metres freestyle and helped the team win bronze,' said Kent.
'Four members of the swimming team will be in the YOG. I will be swimming in three events: the boys' 200 metres freestyle, the 4x100 metres freestyle relay and the 4x100 metres relay medley. The relay races in the YOG are mixed gender. I have never swum with girls in a relay race before and I really look forward to working with them.'
From his coach 'Kent specialises in long-distance races and he's our YOG and Asian Games representative,' said team coach Chen Jianhong.
'He is in good form and he should have no problem competing in the YOG. He can learn from competing with other top junior swimmers. He should be even better after the training camps in Macau and Hawaii.'
Insight for the Games ' I can't wait to be at the Games. I think all of us on the Hong Kong team have a chance of getting medals.'
Kevin Kung will be reporting all the YOG action from Singapore for Young Post