Unsung heroes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 February, 2012, 12:00am


Name Tony Leung Chi-wah
School SKH Tang Shiu Kin
Secondary School, Wan Chai
Grade Form Seven
Sport Beach volleyball and volleyball


Tony, 18, is a new star of Hong Kong's youth beach volleyball team. He is captain of his school's beach volleyball team, who were fifth in the latest Inter-school (Division One, HK Island and Kowloon) Competition.

In indoor volleyball, his school team came eighth in the 2011/12 Inter-school (Division One, Kowloon) Competition.

He has been part of the Wong Nai Chung team at this year's Young Volleyball Athletes Training Scheme, organised jointly by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Volleyball Association of Hong Kong, China.


'I'm only 1.71m tall and play as a libero for my school team. But my relatively short height has hindered my development a bit in the sport.

'However, a friend suggested I play beach volleyball and I thought I'd give it a try. Liberos are responsible for a lot of defensive work. I'm quite good at diving for the ball and digging to save spikes on concrete surfaces. On sand, it's a really big advantage, of course; I don't have to worry much that I'll hurt myself when I dive.

'After months of beach volleyball trials last year, I joined Hong Kong's youth beach volleyball squad last summer.

'In the inter-school beach volleyball competition in October, we were in a group of six teams, including top teams like La Salle College and Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School. Only the top two teams advanced.

'I was in form and felt we had a good chance after La Salle lost to Pui Ying Secondary School - a team we'd beaten in our opening match. But La Salle directed their shots at my partner, who was nervous and not playing well. I felt upset that I couldn't help him.

'Our target was to win a medal, but only the top four teams got medals and we were joint fifth, so we ended up disappointed.'

From his coach

'Tony has matured as a player very late in his secondary school career,' PE teacher Keith Chou Wai-hong says.

'His all-round ability is very good - particularly his defensive play. He is a great example of how hard work can lead to success.

'He really enjoys the team spirit; all of our players treat one another as family members, not just teammates.'


'Despite my graduation, I'll be back to help train my school's beach volleyball team so they can achieve what we failed to do the last time,' says Tony. 'I want to be a PE teacher and also be good enough to play regularly for Hong Kong's beach volleyball team.'