athlete of the week
Name Ngai Ho-wing
School Stewards Pooi Tun Secondary School
Grade Form Two
Achievements Ho-wing, 13, represented Hong Kong at the Asian Age Group Diving Championships in Japan last year.
She also partnered Wong Hei-tung in the women's three-metre springboard synchronised diving event at the 2009 Hong Kong Diving Invitational Championships, which was a warm-up for the Hong Kong East Asian Games.
This year, Ho-wing won three gold medals - in the one-metre, three-metre and five-metre platform events - at the first Singapore Diving Invitational. She also clinched a gold medal with Sharon Chan at the Hong Kong Open Diving Championships 2010 last month.
Soundbite 'I took swimming and diving courses when I was in primary school. I decided to focus on diving when I was 10 years old and I made good progress with my coach's assistance,' Ho-wing says. 'I gained experience by participating in local competitions. At the age of 12, I made my first appearance at an international event.
'In this year's Singapore Diving Invitational, I thought I was going to compete in an indoor pool but it turned out to be an outdoor venue. I had no experience of competing outdoors. The bright sunlight made it very difficult, but once I got used to the environment I performed okay. It was a pleasant surprise to win three gold medals in two days.
'I wish I could have been a member of the Hong Kong delegation at last year's East Asian Games. I was under age and could not compete in this mega event, so I came as a spectator and cheered for Hong Kong.'
From her coach 'Ho-wing is young and talented. She always comes up with a solution when she can't accomplish a set of dives. She is very aware of her shortcomings and is determined to reach her target,' says coach Gordon Ng.
'She has a great chance of representing Hong Kong in the second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing in four years.'
Ambition 'I want to get into the top eight at the Asian Age Group Diving Championships next year and qualify for the Fina World Junior Diving Championships. After that, I hope to take part in the Asian Games and the Youth Olympics in 2014,' Ho-wing said.