Name Chow Sin-ki
School STFA Seaward Woo College
Grade Form Five
Sin-ki, 17, is a triathlete in Hong Kong's junior B team. He was last year's male junior champion at the Hong Kong 2XTRI Double Triathlon.
Last year, Sin-ki also represented Hong Kong at the Osim Singapore International Triathlon, where he won a gold medal. He also clinched a silver medal in the Port Dickson International Triathlon in Malaysia.
In the 2011/12 Inter-school Swimming Championships (Division 3, Kowloon Area 2), Sin-ki won a bronze medal in the A grade boys' 200m freestyle category.
'I was a swimmer before I became a triathlete, but I now like cycling most,' says Sin-ki.
'When I took up triathlon three years ago, I joined some junior cyclists to train on mountain roads.
'Unfortunately, I had an accident. I crashed into a fence [after swerving to avoid an oncoming vehicle] and rolled down a slope. I thought I was going to die. I was sent to hospital, with many cuts on my arms and legs. That was a close call, but it didn't stop me trying to excel in the sport and eventually, in late 2010, I made it onto the national team.
'The Hong Kong team has two time trials every year [in April and September], and in the second time trial last year, I met the required time for the A team in both swimming and cycling. But I was two seconds slower than the required time for running.
'I did the trial again and it was identical to my first attempt, so I missed my chance to be promoted to the A team.
'It's a shame, as I am going to reduce my training hours this year and I may only be able to try again after my HKDSE exam in 2013. But I have learned to be well-prepared and determined.'
From his coach
'With his overseas triathlon awards, Sin-ki is an iconic athlete at school. He also received the A.S. Watson Group Hong Kong Student Sports Awards this year. If he can devote himself to school and the sport more in the future, I think he will achieve more and become a real leader,' says Ryan Lai, the school's PE teacher.
'Overall, my progress in triathlon was quite smooth, though I did not improve quickly. I hope I will reach peak form after my study break. This month, I will compete at the Indoor Rowing Championships for the first time, and I aim to win a medal for my school,' says Sin-ki.