Unsung heroes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 September, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 September, 2011, 12:00am
 

Name Ian Chan Cheuk-yin
School Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School
Grade Form Five
Sport Volleyball

Achievements

Ian, 18, is a volleyball setter. He is a key player on his school team, which won the All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying Volleyball Tournament 2010 and 2010/11 Inter-school Volleyball Competition (Hong Kong Island and Kowloon Division One).

He is also captain of Boundary Street Team in the Young Volleyball Athletes Training Scheme 2011. The team came first in last May's tournament.

In addition, Ian plays for Team Lik Chin in the Hong Kong Grade A2 Volleyball Championship.

Soundbite

'This year our team is the defending champion of both the inter-school competition and Jing Ying tournament,' Ian says.

'Our three core players - Wong Ho-kiu, Chow Ue-fai and Ho Kwan-yiu - have already graduated and this has affected our team. Our main rivals have grown stronger so we don't have an advantage over them this year.

'Starting this term, I will focus only on volleyball, even though I was also a member of my school's athletics and basketball teams in past years.

'I hope my volleyball team can make good use of the training sessions before tournaments. Our junior players will need to join the team, and I think Lee Ho-man, another setter of our team, is a future star.

'I have been striving for a chance to play for Hong Kong in national and overseas tournaments but I have yet to realise that goal.

'I've attended training but the competition was very keen. I was not included in the final line-up of the Hong Kong junior team. I was disappointed.

'I even had doubts whether I should continue doing the sport, but I just can't quit.

'I am very fond of volleyball. I will persist until another opportunity arises to test myself at a higher level.'

From his coach

'Ian became stronger last season. He has played in different positions and is more mature after years of training,' says Ngai Chun-kuen, coach of Ian's school team.

'Ian did a good job in last year's Jing Ying tournament final and I am confident he will play an important role for our team again this year.'

Ambitions

'Our school achieved good results last year. I hope we can do the same this year,' Ian says.

'I also want to see if I can join the selection process for the Hong Kong junior team again next year and hopefully make the cut this time.'

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