athlete of the week
Name Chow Hui-lun
School Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School
Grade Form Six
Sport Volleyball and beach volleyball
Achievements Hui-lun, 18, is the vice-captain and wing spiker of his school volleyball team, who successfully defended their
Grade A boys' title in the 2011/12 Inter-school Volleyball (Division 1, Kowloon) Competition.
The team won the 2010-11 All Hong Kong Schools Jing Ying Tournament and were runners-up in this school year's competition.
Hui-lun joined the Young Athletes Training Scheme (Volleyball), run by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and Volleyball Association of Hong Kong, China, last year. He played for the Boundary Street team, who won the tournament held at the end of the scheme. Hui-lun also won the tournament's most valuable player (MVP) award.
He also plays beach volleyball for his school. He and partner Kenneth Kok Ho-kan were third in the 2011/12 Inter-school (Division 1, HK Island & Kowloon) Tournament.
Soundbite 'I was at my fittest last year and felt confident about getting into Hong Kong's youth team,' Hui-lun says. 'Other players trying for a place said I had a good chance as I'd been playing well, but unfortunately I was unsuccessful.
'I felt very disappointed. It meant I had little chance of securing a university place through the sports scholarship scheme. So my target now is to get good results in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education exam, which will help me to get a place at university, so I can play in competitions there.
'It was great to be recognised with the MVP award during last year's training scheme as many excellent players were taking part.
'I'm on the scheme again this year, along with school team captain Ho Tsz-kan and old friend Hugo Chung. After winning last year, I just want to enjoy the experience since it is the only chance for me and others from different schools and clubs to play together.'
From his coach 'Hui-lun is an influential player - particularly in encouraging team spirit,' says Ngai Chun-kuen, a PEteacher and the school team's coach.
'When he joined the team in Form One, he was just an ordinary player, but over the past six years he has developed into a clever and skilful player on court.
'He is now a key player who contributes to the team's title successes.'
Ambitions 'During my study leave, I'll be training at least once a week and may play games at weekends, too,' says Hui-lun.
'I'll also be playing for Force, a team in the Second Division of the Hong Kong Volleyball League, after completing my exams in May.'