athlete of the week

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 19 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 19 April, 2011, 12:00am


Name Wallace Chu Wai-wai
School Shek Lei Catholic Secondary School
Grade Form Six
Sport Handball and volleyball

Achievements Wallace, 20, was a member of the Hong Kong youth volleyball team in the 2009/10 season. He represented Hong Kong at a tournament held in South Korea last December.

He also captains his school's volleyball team. His team won the championship in 2008/09 and came third in the 2010/11 Kwai Tsing Inter-School Volleyball Competition. Currently he is playing for the SCAA youth team in the Hong Kong Division A2 Volleyball Championships.

He also plays for the school's handball team, which has won the Kwai Tsing Inter-School Handball Competition many times. The team also claimed two consecutive titles at the All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying Handball Tournament in the 2009/10 and 2010/11 seasons.

Soundbite 'I have a good coach and teammates in both school handball and volleyball teams,' Wallace says. 'Our school's PE teacher Wong To teaches both handball and volleyball. Both teams have done a great job in recent years under his guidance.

'My friend Kavi Fong, captain of the handball team, also helped me a lot in inter-school competitions. He created many attacking opportunities for me.

'Handball and volleyball are totally different. Handball requires more stamina as it involves a lot of running. You also need to have upper body strength for body contacts with rivals.

'The past few months have marked the last chapter of my inter-school sports career. I played my first - and last - overseas tournament for Hong Kong in Ichen, South Korea. My only regret is that we didn't make it into the final of the inter-school competition. Sadly, next year I'll be over the age limit and won't be able to play.'

From his coach 'The combination of Wallace's height, physique and skills differentiates him from other volleyball players,' says Yau Hok-chun, the coach of the Hong Kong volleyball youth team.

'He's an attacking player who also defends well. He's passionate on court and motivates his teammates throughout matches.

'He's improved greatly since last year. His form earned him a place on the HK youth team last year after being left out several times before.'