athlete of the week
Name Jason Ng Ka-lok
School La Salle College
Grade Form Six
Sport Triathlon, cross-country, athletics (middle- and long-distance running), indoor rowing
Jason, 17, is a scholarship athlete with the Hong Kong junior triathlon team. He represented Hong Kong in the ASTC Triathlon Asian Championships in 2010 and 2011. He finished 15th out of 38 participants in the junior men's category (under-19) at the competition held in Yilan, Taiwan, last year.
He won a silver medal (junior boys, aged 16-19) at the Port Dickson Triathlon 2011 in Malaysia and finished fifth in the same category at the OSIM Singapore International Triathlon 2011.
He was also the captain of his school's indoor rowing team last year. His team was the overall runner-up at the 2010/11 Inter-school Indoor Rowing Championships held last May. In addition, Jason came sixth in the Grade A boys' 2,000m and fourth in the 4x500m relay race.
He clinched a gold in the Grade A boys' 4x400m, bronze in the 800m, and fourth place in the 1,500m at the 2010/11 Inter-school Athletics Championships (Division One, HK Island & Kowloon). He also won a silver medal (Grade A boys' 4x400m) in the 2011/12 competition.
He came fifth in the Grade A boys' category of the 2010/11 Inter-school Cross-Country Competition (Division One, HK Island & Kowloon).
'I joined the Hong Kong junior triathlon team in Form Three, after about a year's training. I was a cross-country runner and swimmer at school. I didn't know how to ride a bike until Form Two,' says Jason.
'My most unforgettable event was the selection race for the Asian [Triathlon] Championships last June. It was held at Science Park and the temperature was around 35 degrees Celsius. It was very tough for the participants, and I fainted after reaching the finish line. But I still won my first gold medal in a full distance triathlon race [750m swim, 20km cycling and 5km run] for juniors that day. It was just amazing.'
From his coach
'Jason has potential and he is willing to learn. But like many other junior triathletes, he needs to improve his cycling,' says Wan Shu-wah, coach of the Hong Kong junior triathlon team.
'I hope to sharpen my cycling skills in preparation for next year's Asian [triathlon] championships. I will also participate in more local athletics championships, focusing on 800m,' says Jason.