ALOVE of the sea and a 'back-home' feeling as she jumped into the water made 16-year-old Chan Mei-ki a multiple winner at the annual swim gala of Wellington College recently. Mei-ki emerged as the Grade A individual champion in the girls' category by grabbing gold in the 50-metre and 100-metre breaststroke and 100-metre freestyle events. 'I was brought up in the sea. My family runs a transportation business at a typhoon shelter and I have developed a subtle relationship with the ocean and with water activities,' the champion told Young Post. To Mei-ki, jumping into the crystal clear water and breathing clean air under a bright sky is an ecstatic experience. This is how she developed an interest in swimming. 'I love the sea and I can spend a whole day soaking myself in water,' said Mei-ki, who started swimming at the age of seven in Primary Two. The ace swimmer said proper movements and a good start were crucial factors in winning a competition. 'I always practise at the beach. If you lead with a good start, the race becomes much easier,' she said. The swimmer is not only active in water activities but other sports like basketball, softball and volleyball. Nevertheless, swimming still ranks number one on her list. 'I used to dream of becoming a member of the Hong Kong swimming squad, but it doesn't look like my dream would come true. 'But I still want to do something related to water; perhaps I can be a lifeguard.' In the boys' category, fourth-former Choi Ka-ming snatched top honours in Grade A as he grabbed the championships in the 50-metre and 100-metre freestyle and 50-metre breaststroke events. 'The key to success is to have faith in yourself and not be scared. In fact, winning or losing makes no difference to me. I just wanted to take part and give it my best,' Ka-ming said.