Unsung heroes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 24 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 24 November, 2011, 12:00am


Name Dicky To Tsz-keung
School CCC Tam Lee Lai Fun Memorial Secondary School
Grade Form Four
Sport Athletics (100m and 200m sprint)


Dicky, 15, is a sprinter from Watsons Athletic Club. He represented Tuen Mun District in the third Hong Kong Games held in June, winning a gold medal in the men's 4x100m relay.

He came first in the Grade B boys' 100m and the 4x100m relay, and second in the 200m, at the 2010/11 Tuen Mun District Inter-school Athletics Championship. He and his school team members finished the 4x100m relay in a record time of 45.18 seconds, beating the previous best time of 45.88 seconds.

Dicky also clinched two gold medals in the 100m and 4x100m relay, and a silver medal in the 200m, at this year's Hong Kong Junior Age Group Athletics Meet Race 1.


'I recovered from a leg injury in August, but soon afterwards, I got injured again during a race,' says Dicky. 'I wore a new pair of shoes for the first time in that competition and I was very excited. I wasn't focused properly, and didn't warm up enough.

'I am happy I can run again now. The injury made me realise that a runner can't be too laidback or too excited in a race. I always have to stay focused. Now I don't have very high expectations of myself. I want to maintain a good rhythm on the track without thinking too much about the outcome. If I worry about the result, I will put myself under too much pressure.

'I admit that sometimes I want to hang out with my friends instead of training. There's keen competition in athletics, especially sprinting. I worry whether I'd be able to catch up with the leading pack. So I will train harder and not waste any more time.'

From his coach

'After recovering from his injuries, Dicky has been in peak form recently,' says Ko Chi-hang, coach of Watsons Athletic Club.

'He will compete in the Hong Kong Junior Age Group Athletics Meet Race 2 at Wan Chai Sports Ground this Saturday and Sunday.

'He will focus only on the 100m. I am confident he will reach his personal best time in the race.'


'My goal is to finish the 100m within 10.80 seconds in two years' time, and fight for a top ranking to qualify for the Hong Kong team,' says Dicky.