athlete of the week
Name Sheron Mok Hoi-man
School Tang Shiu Kin Victoria Government Secondary School
Grade Form Four
Achievements Sheron, 15, is the captain of her school swimming team. She won two gold medals in girls' Grade B 50m and 100m freestyle and a silver in 4x50m freestyle relay at the 2010/11 Inter-School Swimming Championships (Division Three).
In local competitions, Sheron swims for Kwan Hung Swimming Club. She clinched a silver medal in the 15-17 girls' 50m freestyle in the Division I Age Group Short Course Swimming Competition (Part 2) in January. She also won a bronze in the 15-17 girls' 100m freestyle and came fourth in the 50m freestyle at the Hong Kong Age Group Long Course Swimming Championships 2010.
Soundbite 'This is my first year leading the girls' swimming team at school,' Sheron says.
'I work closely with my classmate Kamil Cheng Ka-hin, who leads the boys' team and plays water polo for the Hong Kong team.
'We have not performed as well as we did last year and I want to use the experience I have gained in competitions to help us improve.
'I have just achieved my personal best in the 50m freestyle, which exceeded my expectations. I have now set my sights on the third Hong Kong Games swimming competition this weekend. I will swim for the Eastern District and I have already received the start list. My rivals in the 50m and 100m freestyle are all around the same level as me, but I still aim to win a medal.
'One time my goggles became loose in the middle of a race. Water kept pouring in and my vision was obscured, but I couldn't stop to adjust the goggles because it would have slowed me down. I was just afraid I would hit the wall when I turned at the end of the pool. I didn't have an accident but my race time was affected. I learned my lesson and now I usually put on my swim cap first to help hold the goggles tightly in place.'
From her coach 'Sheron is a tough swimmer and she has the talent to do well in the sport,' said Leung Yiu-fai, coach of Kwan Hung Swimming Club. 'She needs to concentrate more during training and set clear goals for herself. I also want her to take precautions against getting injured. She will succeed if she improves in these areas.'
Ambitions 'Apart from winning a medal at the Hong Kong Games, I also want a faster personal best time and to swim for Hong Kong at the seventh AASF Asian Age Group Championship in Indonesia in September. I will speed up my progress during the summer vacation to achieve my goal,' Sheron says.