Unsung heroes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 October, 2011, 12:00am


Name Happy Lee Sum-yin
School SMKMCF Ma Ko Pan Memorial College
Grade Form Five
Sport Athletics (100m hurdles) and basketball


Sum-yin, who will turn 16 on Sunday, is a hurdler on her school's athletics team. She came eighth in the 100m hurdles and clinched a bronze medal in the 4x100m relay at the 2010/11 Tuen Mun District Inter-school Athletics Championships.

She also plays basketball for her school. She was part of the girls' Grade B team who won the 2010/11 Tuen Mun District Inter-school Basketball Competition.


'I was not satisfied with my eighth place finish at last year's inter-school athletics competition. I attended a training camp during summer, and I have improved as a hurdler. But I still need to be faster and smoother,' says Sum-yin.

'This year, I will compete with Grade A athletes who are older than me, but I am confident of finishing in the top three. But the colour of the medal will be determined by my fitness and conditions on the day.

'Our inter-school athletics championship is not as big as the Hong Kong and Kowloon competitions, which can attract a lot of attention from the local media. But every one of us treasures the competition, because a large number of schoolmates support our athletes. You need to be devoted to the sport and give your best in every event. This has pushed me to improve my performance.

'My PE teacher Teddy Wong [Kwun-chung] says my nickname Happy suits me because I always smile when running. He encourages me to play basketball, as he thinks there is a connection between going for a layup and hurdling. I started to play for the school team last year, and we unexpectedly won the Grade B girls' title in our district's inter-school basketball competition. I will continue to play basketball this year.'

From her coach

'Sum-yin cares about the targets we set together. She will get upset if she cannot achieve them, but she is never discouraged. Her optimistic and cheerful character has helped her to overcome obstacles. Also, she enjoys her training, even though it can be quite repetitive and boring at times,' says Wong.


'My goal is to achieve a personal best time in the 100m hurdles at the upcoming inter-school competition. I will also participate in more local championships when I graduate,' says Sum-yin.