athlete of the week
Name Ronald Pak Ho-hin
School Diocesan Boys' School
Grade Form Three
Achievements Ronald, 15, is a member of the Hong Kong Tennis Association's National Training Squad (NTS). He is ranked No2 in U14 boys' singles in Hong Kong.
He won the U14 boys' singles and U18 boys' doubles titles with Vincent Chau Kwan-lam in competition two of the HK Junior Tennis Series 2010. He was also U18 boys' runner-up in competition three. He was part of his school's winning team in the 2009/10 Inter-school Tennis Competition.
He was also a member of the second-placed team in the 2009/10 K-Swiss HK Inter-School Tennis Championships. He played in two Asian 14 Under Series events in Malaysia in July, winning the boys' singles and doubles titles in Kuching, and the doubles in Sabah. These great results saw him ranked 19 in the Asian 14 Under Series in August.
He represented Hong Kong this year in the International Tennis Federation's 14 and Under Asian Championships in Shenzhen, and in the World Junior Tennis Asia/Oceania qualifying tournament in Anqing , Anhui province.
Soundbite 'I joined the NTS last year and the training has helped me improve my performance and consistency in tournaments,' Ronald says. 'My powerful serve is my biggest weapon on court.
'I had a tight schedule this year. I took part in the Asian Championships and the World Junior qualifying tournament and went to Malaysia to play two tournaments. I was so happy that I bagged three titles in two weeks.
'I want to represent Hong Kong in the Junior Davis Cup next year. To be selected, I need to be among the best three players in the U16 boys' selection competition.
'The competition will be fierce for sure but my target is very clear - be part of the Junior Davis Cup Team. I am confident that I will make it.'
From his coach 'Ronald has had a successful year. Last year when I selected Ronald to be an NTS player, I predicted that he would improve,' NTS coach Leo Liu says. 'With only one year of systematic training, he has already got the skills to be among the strong local competitors in Asian and World Junior events. At the same time, he did well in ATF junior competitions and he will focus on ITF tournaments next year.'
Ambition 'I want to win my first title in the CRC Open and the Junior Tennis Series Grand Masters. I will also play for my school in the inter-school tennis competition and the K-Swiss HK Inter-School Tennis Championships,' Ronald says.