unsung heroes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 June, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 June, 2011, 12:00am


Name Rani Lam Sin-ching
School Elegantia College
Grade Form Five
Sport Athletics (long-distance running), cross-country, triathlon

Achievements Rani, 16, is a member of the elite Hong Kong junior women's triathlon team. She won the junior women's duathlon (cycling and running) and was second in the junior women's triathlon (which also includes swimming) at the Mekong River International ASTC Triathlon Asian Championships in Thailand in March.

She is also a talented cross-country and long-distance runner. Rani won the 10km junior race at the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2011 in February. A week later, she won the girls' under-19 race at the K-Swiss Taipei 10km Run in Taiwan.

She will compete for Hong Kong at the First Asian Schools Cross-Country Championships in Mongolia, which begins today.

Soundbite 'Winning the 10km race at the Standard Chartered Marathon helped boost my confidence. I discovered my potential in this race,' says Rani.

'I feel full of energy when doing the running section of a triathlon. That always helps me to improve my position because running is the final stage in triathlon and duathlon races.

'Although I hurt my ankle at an aquathlon [swimming and running] race in April, I was still selected for the First Asian Schools Cross-Country Championships. The competition is very important, but the selection race made my injury worse. Luckily I have fully recovered now.

'I am glad that I won a place to compete in Mongolia. As this is the first-ever Asian schools cross-country event, I only know the countries taking part, rather than the names of the runners. But I am sure it will be a great experience for me and my teammates.

From her coach 'Rani is an up-and-coming member of the squad,' said Wan Shu-wah, coach of the Hong Kong triathlon team. 'Despite her good performance in running and cycling, she needs to improve her swimming. That will be the focus of her training for the next two years since most of the world's top triathletes swim well.

'Because she is diligent and young, I believe she will overcome this weakness and become better.'

Ambitions 'My running and cycling times qualify me as a scholarship athlete - one level higher than a Team A athlete,' Rani says. 'But I need to swim sixseconds faster over 400 metres to meet the required time. I hope to achieve this goal within a few months.'