Windsurfer Lee Lai-shan's gold medal victory at the Atlanta Olympics is expected to cause a surge in the number of young people taking up the sport. The Windsurfing Association of Hong Kong (WAOHK) expects a flood of enquiries from people wishing to give the sport a go after San San grabbed the territory's first Olympic medal in 44 years. 'We expect more people, especially the younger ones picking up the sport after San San won us gold,' said Louis Leung, sport executive at the WAOHK. 'Young people will definitely give the sport a try and we hope more women will participate too. Windsurfing enthusiasts can join us and later compete in local competition and even in overseas competition if they are good enough,' he said. The WAOHK first experienced a surge in club membership when male windsurfer Chan Kai-on won the bronze medal at the 1988 Commonwealth Games. 'We experienced a significant increase in our membership then. I'm sure with San San winning the Olympic gold, more people will become more aware of the sport than ever before. It's the best thing that can possibly happen to us in terms of promoting windsurfing. 'Her gold medal was a fantastic achievement and the whole of Hong Kong now realise we can produce an Olympic champion,' said Leung. The association have 1,200 members of which half are under the age of 30. About a third are aged between 12 and 17. San San fever has gripped Hong Kong after the 25-year-old Cheung Chau boardsailor, competing in the Mistral Class, defeated New Zealand's Barbara Kendall, the defending 1992 Olympic champion, for the coveted gold. Alessandra Sensini of Italy finished third. Cheung Chau will never be the same again after her emotional victory at Savannah which brought tears of joy to the world number one who took up the sport as a rumbustious 12 year old. San San, the only windsurfer to have won the world, European and Asian titles, overcame a nasty jellyfish sting in the opening race to put herself on course for Olympic victory. San San made sure of victory by placing first in race eight of the series, reduced from 11 to nine races because of fickle winds. 'My victory goes to show that Hong Kong can produce champions and that Hong Kong athletes are not rubbish at all. I want to thank all the people who supported me,' said San San.