Lee Lai Shan

Government 'will keep its promises'

The government will continue to invest in sport and its promises will be kept, a senior Home Affairs Bureau official said yesterday as the Hong Kong Olympic Committee celebrated a Games where 'our athletes were not embarrassed'.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:15pm

Battling Chan deserves special medal for grit

There are several definitions of a 'champion' and now there is another to add to the Hong Kong windsurfing glossary - Hayley Chan Hei-man. Nine weeks ago, she was flat out on a hospital bed recovering from surgery to remove her spleen and was in agony every time she moved a muscle because of five broken ribs - injuries sustained on the front line of Olympic duty.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Chan will take flight in medal chase

Tenacious windsurfer Hayley Chan Hei-man is preparing to make a giant aquatic leap for Hong Kong and take up kitesurfing so she can compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

With her RS-X discipline facing the Olympic axe, the medal-hungry Hong Kong University student declared her contingency plan within hours of narrowly missing a medal-race place at the sailing regatta.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

2012 London Games goes beyond motto to inspire generations of athletes

The motto of the London Olympic Games was "inspire a generation". By the closing ceremony, the host nation would have been justified in changing that to "generations", after its team surpassed all expectations by coming third only to the US and China with 29 gold medals.

13 Aug 2012 - 9:11am

Lee's win set to inspire cycling boom

Olympic bronze-medal winner Lee Wai-sze will inspire thousands to take up cycling, especially with the HK$600 million Tseung Kwan O velodrome opening next year, coach Shen Jinkang predicted yesterday.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:01pm

Losses key to San San's success

Hard times and coming last teach you the best lessons in life, says Olympic heroine Lee Lai-shan as memories of Atlanta 1996 and Olympic competition come flooding back over the next two weeks.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Hayley Chan all set for debut despite injuries

Five broken ribs and a lost spleen have not slowed down windsurfer Hayley Chan Hei-man, who will make her dream Olympic debut less than four weeks after leaving hospital.

A sunburnt Chan was full of smiles as she made her first appearance since the horrific accident during training in Weymouth nearly ended her hopes of taking part in her first Olympics.

28 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Three hours from glory

For days, weeks, months and years Hong Kong cyclist Lee Wai-sze has been preparing for this moment - and it will all be over in three quick races within three hours.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

ASF hands windsurfing an Olympic lifeline

Windsurfing's hopes of staying in the Olympic Games have been given a boost following an agreement reached by the Asian Sailing Federation (ASF) over the weekend.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

End games

Hong Kong has only ever won one Olympic gold medal. It was awarded to Lee Lai-shan, who took first place in women's windsurfing at the 1996 Atlanta Games, and with only a few weeks until the London Olympics, the Hong Kong windsurfing team is determined to see history repeat itself.

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Sensational San San

It was in 1996 that Lee Lai-shan (left) put Hong Kong on the international sports map by winning the women's windsurfing gold medal at the Atlanta Olympics, in the United States.

She famously declared, 'Hong Kong athletes are not rubbish' and became a hero overnight.

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

'Becalmed' windsurfer carries on regardless

This summer's London Games may be the last time we see windsurfing at an Olympics, but rising star Aaron Ng Wing-cheung is determined to stay in the sport.

The International Sailing Federation dropped windsurfing from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and replaced it with kiteboarding earlier this year.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Hayley's Olympic dreams sunk

Hayley Chan Hei-man's Olympic dreams were shattered after the windsurfer was involved in a training accident that left her with three broken ribs in hospital in England.

6 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Ugly scrap likely over ouster of windsurfing

Top Hong Kong official Cowen Chiu But-kau believes the International Sailing Federation's (ISAF) general assembly in November will turn ugly after it emerged that Spain's representative at the vote to replace windsurfing with kiteboarding at the 2016 Olympics had gone against his federation's wishes.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Now we have a fighting chance

Hayley Chan Hei-man could well be thankful on two counts that she took the brave decision to put her studies on hold for a year so she could focus on winning a berth in windsurfing at the London Olympics. The faculty of arts student at Hong Kong University saw her decision vindicated when she was chosen to represent Hong Kong.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am