Unsung heroes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 05 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 05 January, 2012, 12:00am


Name Begor Li Tsz-chung
School IVE (Chai Wan)
Grade Year One (Higher Diploma in Sports Management and Training Science)
Sport Windsurfing


Begor, 19, is a windsurfer with Stanley Fleet. In 2009-10, he was a member of the Joint School Team (Gold), organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Windsurfing Association of Hong Kong. He was overall champion in the Raceboard 7.8 youth category on the Hong Kong windsurfing circuit in 2010.

He represented Hong Kong at last year's Hong Kong Open Windsurfing Championships, where he was third in the National Raceboard 7.8 youth category.

Begor also did well on last year's Hong Kong windsurfing circuit. He was third in Raceboard 7.8 men's, and second in the Raceboard 7.8 youth events at both Tuen Mun Stop and Tolo Stop. Overall, his year-end circuit ranking was fourth for Raceboard 7.8 men and third for Raceboard 7.8 youth.


'Before last year's final race, in Sai Kung Stop, I was joint first in the Raceboard 7.8 men's rankings,' Begor said. 'In 2010, I'd come third overall, but was too eager to show I could do better last year. I put myself under pressure and was tense before the Sai Kung event. I finished sixth, which was not good enough. My poor results dragged me down and I ended the year fourth overall.

'I'm disappointed as I had my best chance to win so far. But it has made me even more determined now.

'I must thank Sara Simeoni, my former coach. She taught me how to set a target in windsurfing and made me more eager to learn. I used to be very shy and scared to lose. I wasn't brave enough to try new things if there was a risk of losing. I was lucky to join Sara's team; I had to leave after I finished school and got too old. I still miss the training - and things like eating water melon with my teammates in the middle of the sea during hot summer days. That was great fun for all of us. But Sara still gives me advice when I meet her at Stanley Main Beach.'

From his coach

'When Begor joined the team, he was shy and lacked confidence in everything,' Simeoni, coach of Joint School Team (Gold), says. 'He was poor at the basics, but diligent and willing to learn. He could stay in our team only about a year, but worked very hard to make up the time he'd lost. I am glad to see him doing quite well in circuit races.'


'I've been training non-stop with other fleet members since last month's final circuit races so I'm ready for the new season in July. Now I'm not scared of anything. My target is a top-three overall finish. I'd also like to get my lifesaving and windsurfing coaching licences in coming years,' Begor says.