Hong Kong's Paralympic squad will travel hopefully in their quest for gold at the Sydney Games in October. The contingent, comprising 27 competitors - three more than last time - are aiming high, hoping to bag a bigger medal haul than four years ago in Atlanta. The SAR's physically disabled athletes returned from the 1996 Paralympics with five gold, five silver and five bronze medals - Hong Kong's best achievement. Wheelchair fencer Ben Cheung Wai-leung won four golds while the men's 4 x 100 metres relay team accounted for another gold. The squad includes eight mentally handicapped athletes. The Sydney Games mark the first time mentally handicapped athletes have been included in the Paralympics. Although Cheung has retired, top officials are confident that their talented new stars will be able to scale new heights for Hong Kong. 'We're aiming at more medals and at finishing higher in the medal standings. We were ranked 25th last time, so we would like to surpass that result this time,' said Paralympic sports chief Dr York Chow. 'We have medal hopes in a number of sports, notably fencing, track and field and table tennis. Our fencing team are more balanced than four years ago, our 4 x 100m relay team as strong as they used to be, and there is talent in our mentally handicapped athletes as well.'