Name Leslie Yeung Siu-tung
School Wong Shiu Chi Secondary School
Grade Form Four
Leslie, 15, is a core player in her school badminton team. She used to be a member of the North District Regional Elite Squad for youth players, one of the city's four major youth teams managed by Hong Kong Badminton Association.
Last year, she was captain of the school Grade B badminton team, which came first in the 2010/11 Tai Po and North District Inter-school Badminton Competition.
This year, she clinched two silver medals in the girls' 13-15 age category singles at the Yau Tsim District and Kowloon City District Age Group Badminton Championships and one silver at the under-18 women's doubles in Kwun Tong District Age Group Badminton Championships with partner Ho Suet-ying. She also won a gold medal in the same category in last year's Tai Po District Age Group Badminton Championships.
'My playing style is to have long rallies and use every part of the court,' Leslie says. 'This involves a lot of running and I think my footwork is quite good. But there is room for improvement in terms of fitness, so even though I have less time for training since starting Form Four, I still jog regularly to maintain my fitness levels.
'Our Grade A team won many consecutive titles, but they suffered a shock loss last year. This year, our main opponent is the team from TWGHs Kap Yan Directors' College, the defending Grade A girls' champions. I am confident that we will win if we face them in the final, since I beat their key player in a district competition held in late October. I should be able to beat the same player, and I think my teammates are capable of beating the others to recapture the title.'
From her coach
'Leslie reacts fast to every change that happens on court, and her sense of competition is excellent,' says Sin Po-shan, PE teacher in charge of the school badminton team. 'Leslie can still play Grade B games, as she is still young, but we upgraded her to support the team and focus on winning back the Grade A title we lost last year.'
'This is the first time I'll play in a Grade A team. I will lead the team in the quarter-finals on December 11. We'll play the semi-finals and the final on the same day if we succeed. It will be tiring for all of us as our exam period has started. But our target is still to recapture our team title,' says Leslie.