Windsurfer saves rival from drowning at China's National Games

Team Liaoning writes Ma Jiao (lower right), an open letter of appreciation. Photo: screenshot via  Weibo

Despite some embarrassing episodes at China's 12th National Games, true courage was celebrated when a member of the Sichuan windsurfing team jumped into choppy waters to rescue a competitor from drowning, Chinese media reported.

Thursday, 5 September, 2013, 12:05pm 2 comments

HKU grants windsurfer Hayley Chan time to practice for Rio Games

Hayley Chan Hei-man

The 22-year-old was first admitted to the arts faculty of the University of Hong Kong in 2010, but she was given a sabbatical to prepare for the 2012 Summer Games in London. Students are usually only granted a maximum two-year extension to complete a three-year degree, meaning she would have had until 2015 to finish her studies.

22 Mar 2013 - 3:36am

Sports Digest, March 5, 2013

China's Meng Weiqiang breaks his bat in a World Baseball Classic game. Photo: AP

Hong Kong's windsurfers are scouting locations for a training site in Rio de Janeiro as their preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games begin. The windsurfing team are currently taking part in the RS:X World Championships in Buzios, along the coast from the city of Rio, and are using the opportunity to do some research.

5 Mar 2013 - 4:36am

Windsurfing back in Olympics after U-turn by sailing federation

Enthusiastic sailors take advantage of breezy conditions to compete on the final day of the Hong Kong Open windsurfing competition in Cheung Chau yesterday. Photo: Felix Wong

The Hong Kong Open windsurf-ing competition ended on a jubilant note yesterday as sailors and officials celebrated the unexpected restoration of their discipline to the Olympic Games programme.

12 Nov 2012 - 12:27pm

Ruling body rejects windsurfing's attempt to return to Olympics

Hayley Chan Hei-man said she would consider dropping her full-time training and getting back to her studies if windsurfing is out for the 2016 Games.

Windsurfing is clinging to a final, slim chance of returning to the Olympic Games despite a fresh setback appearing to drive a nail in its coffin.

11 Nov 2012 - 4:09am

Hong Kong hope Olympic ruling will be in their favour

Boardsailors Chan Hei-man and Leung Ho-tsun get ready to take part in the Hong Kong Open Windsurfing Championships, which start today in Cheung Chau. Photo: K.Y.Cheng

A compromise agreement where windsurfing and its upstart rival kiteboarding will share the Olympic stage at Rio de Janeiro in 2016 could raise Hong Kong's medal hopes - if a deal is hammered out by sailing chiefs.

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) is meeting in Dublin and will decide if windsurfing will be reinstated as an Olympic class and in what format.

8 Nov 2012 - 3:20am

Compromise in the air for return of windsurfing to Olympics

Hayley Chan Hei-man

A compromise could mean kiteboarding and the sport it replaced, windsurfing, will both appear at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, a leading Hong Kong sailing official said.

Hong Kong Windsurfing Association executive director Dennis Chau Wai-keung said a number of options were being explored to keep at least one Olympic class for windsurfing.

12 Oct 2012 - 2:55am

Kiteboarders turn down support from wealthier windsurfer 'brothers'

Veteran Ho Chi-ho (right)

The new Olympic discipline of kiteboarding has refused the hand of friendship from its "big brother", windsurfing, even though the latter enjoys all the financial support.

Kiteboarding will controversially replace windsurfing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio but it is struggling to get public funding after talks to merge the two sailing classes broke down.

12 Sep 2012 - 10:18am

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

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

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

'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

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

Sailing could be next for axe

Former Olympian and millionaire businessman Neil Pryde has warned sailing is in danger of being kicked out of the Olympics as the fallout continues from the controversial decision to dump windsurfing in favour of kiteboarding for the 2016 Games.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am