athlete of the week
Name Yip Tsz-fung
School St Joseph's College
Grade Form Seven
Tsz-fung, 18, is a member of the Hong Kong junior squash team; he is the top under-19 player in Hong Kong.
He won the grade-A boys' singles title at the 2011-12 Inter-school Competition and the boys' under-19 title at last year's Prince Hong Kong Junior Squash Championships.
He was part of the Hong Kong team that secured the bronze medal at last year's Asian Junior Championships. He was also third in the boys' under-19 singles at last year's Head Hong Kong Junior Open.
Tsz-fung has also represented Hong Kong's senior team. He played three matches at the World Men's Team Championships in Germany in August, when Hong Kong finished 11th out of 32 teams.
'I have been coached by Faheem Khan for more than two years,' Tsz-fung says. 'Since Khan is also coaching well-known senior players including Max Lee, Dick Lau and Leo Au, I also get a chance to train with them. Khan has taught me how to control my emotions during matches.
'My greatest achievement so far was playing for Hong Kong in the World Men's Team Championships, the top team event for seniors. I won the play-off against Hong Kong teammate Wong Hon-fung and was selected to join the three senior squad players, Max, Dick and Leo. I played in three matches in Germany. It was an incredible experience playing against top teams like England and Egypt.
'When I was young, another player accidentally hit me on the head with his racquet in a match. There was a big lump, but I didn't cry; it is common to have body contact on court. But my opponent felt sorry and he cried. That was quite strange.
'A few years ago, my Hong Kong teammate Tang Cheuk-yan hit me in the face with his racquet, which caused a scar on my right cheek. But fortunately it's no longer there.'
From his coach
'Tsz-fung is a very talented player,' says Faheem Khan, coach of the Hong Kong Sports Institute.
'He was not consistent, but has improved over the past two years. I believe he can play better if he devotes more time to squash.'
'I will finish my A-level exams in late April and the Asian junior singles squash championships will be held in late June,' says Tsz-fung. 'After the exam, I'll train every day at the Sports Institute to make sure that I am in top shape for the tournament.
'I claimed a bronze medal in the event's under-15 category in 2008. I hope I can win a medal in the under-19 section this year.'