Name Lou Ka-wai
School Lingnan Dr Chung Wing Kwong Memorial Secondary School
Grade Form Five
Sport Volleyball and badminton
Ka-wai, 16, plays libero for the Hong Kong junior volleyball team. She represented the city at the All China Secondary Schools Students' Volleyball Championships in Shenyang this year. They came 21st among 32 teams and Ka-wai won the Hong Kong team's Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.
She is also captain of the school's volleyball team. Last year, she led her Grade B team to the title in the 2010/11 Kwai Tsing District Division Two Inter-school Volleyball Competition. She also played in the 2010/11 New Territories Inter-school Beach Volleyball Competition and clinched the silver medal.
Her school team also came second at the Outreach Coaching Programme Volleyball Competition this year. Ka-wai was the tournament's MVP.
Ka-wai plays for Victory in Hong Kong's Third Division league competition.
'The student championships in Shengyang was a valuable experience for me. It was the first time I played for the Hong Kong junior team, and I came up against strong teams from the mainland,' Ka-wai says. 'My partner and I didn't have time to practice before the inter-school beach volleyball competition in April. But we still reached the final, where we lost to the famous twins, To Wing-tung and To Wing-man.
'I strive for improvements in both studies and sports. I would be disappointed if I cannot achieve my goals. This year, my school team has two training sessions every week, but many players skip or cut short their practice to take extra lessons after school. But luckily some of us play for the Third Division club Victory. The league matches help us to stay in shape and improve our skills.'
From her coach
'Ka-wai is of average height so she has more fitness training to maintain her competitive edge. She concentrates well in class but when she steps onto the court, she is a totally different person. She is a good leader who motivates her teammates,' said Jason Mak Tsz-shun, former PE teacher and coach of Ka-wai's school team.
'Our school team wants to win the Grade A volleyball competition which begins next month. I also want to get into the top three in the beach volleyball competition,' says Ka-wai.