athlete of the week
Name Teresa Chung Yan-ting
School Diocesan Girls' School
Grade Form Six
Teresa, 18, competes as a backstroke and freestyle swimmer for Hong Kong. In 2009, she was fifth in the 200m backstroke final for girls aged 15 to 17 at the sixth Asian Age Group Championships in Tokyo, Japan. In the same year, she won gold in the 4x100m medley relay and two bronze medals in the 50m and 100m backstroke at the 51st Milo/Pram Malaysia Invitation Open. She also came eighth in the 200m backstroke at the East Asian Games in Hong Kong in December.
Teresa is captain of her school swimming team. Last October, she led them to their 24th consecutive overall title at the Inter-school Swimming Championships (Division One, Hong Kong & Kowloon). She won three gold medals in the 4x50m medley relay and 50m and 100m freestyle.
'I started swimming training eight years ago,' she says.
'Looking back, I am quite satisfied with my record. In 2009, my busiest year, I swam in many competitions. I've rarely taken part in overseas events since then because I didn't want to miss classes. I skipped the seventh Asian Age Group Championship in Indonesia last year ... it was too close to the inter-school championships.
'Sometimes my emotional ups and downs affect me so I perform badly. Late last year, I had flu and this also affected my performance in local competitions.
'I also felt lonely last year after my elder brother, Henry, went to the United States to study. He is also a swimmer and busy preparing for the qualifying competitions for the London Olympics.
'He said he'd pay for me and my parents to go to London if he qualifies for the Games.
'He's been back for Christmas and flies back to the US on January 6. He is adorable and my top swimming idol. But I don't think I'll follow in his footsteps and study abroad. I want to continue studying here after finishing at DGS.
From her coach
'Teresa shows great communication skills and - most importantly - great sportsmanship,' says Paulina Hui, the teacher in charge of the school swimming team. 'She is also a mentor for junior swimmers. She helps maintain a friendly relationship among team members. She upholds the core values and spirit of our team. I am proud of her.'
'I am taking a break to prepare for the HKDSE,' Teresa says. 'But I'll be back for the East Asian Games and Asian Games in 2013 and 2014 after the exams.'