unsung heroes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 14 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 April, 2011, 12:00am
 

Name Kong King-yip
School Lui Cheung Kwong Lutheran College
Grade Form Five
Sport Swimming

Achievements King-yip, 17, is a swimmer from the New Territories Regional Squad. He won two gold and a silver medal at the New Territories Swimming Gala last year.

At the 2009/10 Tuen Mun District Inter-school Swimming Championships, he won gold medals in the Grade A boys' 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley. In the same competition this year, he came first in the 100m and 200m freestyle events and third in the 4x50m freestyle relay.

He represented Sealion Club at the fifth Guangzhou-Hong Kong- Macau Open Water Swimming Competition. His team won the overall title.

Soundbite 'I used to be a breaststroke swimmer but I could not improve my time so I decided to switch to freestyle in Form One. It was a good move which helped me perform better in other disciplines as well,' says King-yip.

'My most memorable competition was the 2009/10 Tuen Mun District Inter-school Swimming Championships, where I grabbed two gold medals. I was the only medallist from my school. Our school's Grade A boys' team finished with a top-eight merit prize though.

'In the 2010/11 Tuen Mun District Inter-school Swimming Championships, I swam in the 100m and 200m freestyle events and won two gold medals again. Our school has only four swimmers in the boys' Grade A team yet, for the first time, we were still able to capture a bronze medal in the 4x50m freestyle relay.

'My elder brother Kelvin Kong Kei-koi is my role model. He trains with the Hong Kong swimming team. He also does a great job managing his studies and personal life so my parents don't need to worry about him. I feel I am still a little immature and I want to be like him one day.'

From his coach

'King-yip always trains hard and also takes part in other extra-curricular activities. He leads a balanced life. I think his positive attitude and determination have helped him achieve outstanding results in competitions,' said the school's physical education teacher, Dennis Law Sik-kay.

Ambitions

'My target is to do well at the upcoming third Hong Kong Games. I also hope to swim in interport and overseas competitions before I graduate,' said King-yip.

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