Science pupil invents formula for success
By BENSON CHAO
IT WAS a very special day for Kwun Tong Government Secondary Technical School athlete Lewis Po Kam-wah, who won the individual championship for the third year at their recent sports meet.
The Form Seven science student made a terrific comeback by sweeping five gold medals in Grade A long jump, 4 x 100 m relay, 4 x 400 m relay, 800 metres and 1,500 metres and breaking two records at the same time.
He told Young Post his excellent results did not come as a surprise.
'I planned it all. For the past few months, winning the individual championship was all I had been thinking about,' said Lewis.
'I realised it was my last chance to win glory as an athlete in this school. So I practised thrice a week for at least three hours a day and I'm so glad that my efforts finally paid off.' What he did not plan, however, was how to face the tough competition from up-and-coming athlete Leung Kai-kin of Form Six, the biggest threat to him in the meet.
Kai-kin, who topped the field events with a record-breaking performance in the high jump and a gold medal victory in triple jump, said he was not aware of his ability to challenge Lewis.
'I guess my basketball practice gave me the confidence I needed to face all challenges.' 'On top of that, the feeling of making a successful jump is so great. I pushed myself to the limit to win these competitions.' Lewis and Kai-kin were not the only athletes 'thrilled' by the excitement of the sports meet.
Principal Leung Fu-wah was also impressed by the keen participation of the students.
'Their enthusiasm was demonstrated particularly in the 3,000 m event, which was open to all students. There were so many kids out there striving to win. I will always remember this.' Form Three student Chan Shing-pan, the silver medallist in the event, stunned his schoolmates with his brilliant performance. 'Other contenders thought I was far behind them, so they shouted at me. I could have won the gold medal had I not let them pass me,' Shing-pan said.
The school's 25th anniversary celebrations this year kicked off with the sports day.
Lewis, who is also chairman of the student association, said there would be a carnival, an essay competition and other invitation competitions beginning in January.