athlete of the week

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 October, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 October, 2010, 12:00am

Name Lui Chun-yin
School La Salle College
Grade Form Seven
Sport Swimming

Achievements Chun-yin, 18, is captain of La Salle College's swimming team, which came third in the Inter-School Swimming Championships last year. He has won more than 10 medals in the past six years.

He represented Hong Kong at the 2008/2009 Interport Swimming Championships and won a gold medal in the boys' 50m butterfly. At the 2008 Olympic Games time trial in Hong Kong, he grabbed a gold and a bronze.

Soundbite 'Although I am not a Hong Kong team member right now, I train with them on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Hong Kong Sports Institute. That, along with training at my club, keeps me in the best shape,' says Chun-yin.

'I have an enormous sense of belonging to my school. We call it the 'Spirit of La Salle'. That is the source of the motivation that has helped me win in the past six years. I won two inter-school swimming championship gold medals when I was in Form Four. I am not the fastest swimmer in town, but I always push myself to improve and be the top challenger.

'In this year's inter-school championships 50m butterfly, my goal is to get at least a silver medal. I did quite well in the heats and advanced to the final [to be held this Friday]. My timing in the heats was 26.71 seconds while my best personal time is 26.21 seconds, so there is room for improvement.

'I also swam the 50m breaststroke. We don't have any fast breaststrokers in Grade A so I decided to compete in this event. Unfortunately, I was ranked number nine after the heats and failed to reach the finals even though I clocked 32.20 seconds, my personal best in 50m breaststroke.

'I was depressed after the race, not because of my performance, but because I couldn't get more points for the team.'

From his coach 'Chun-yin's success is rare in inter-school competitions,' says Wong Da-li, coach of the Dali Swimming Club. 'He has great consistency in both swimming and studying. He has been a top swimmer in inter-school competitions, and at the same time, he has studied well. He is a leader. Swimmers at his school and swimming club respect him very much. I am proud to be his coach.'

Ambition 'After finishing inter-school championship swimming, I will also compete in inter-school lifesaving. And when I am done with the A-levels, I will take the exam to get a coaching licence,' says Chun-yin.