More than 40 young, gifted athletes have attended an orientation camp at the Sports Institute. The camp was hosted by the Hong Kong Sports Development Board (SDB). The one-and-a-half day camp aimed to equip the athletes on the SDB Scholarship Athlete Programme with the essential theoretical knowledge and practical skills in their chosen field. Professor Chan Kai-ming, chairman of the Sports Institute management committee, hoped the camp would help up-and- coming athletes to attain international standards. Olympic gold medallist Lee Lai-shan and ace Hong Kong cyclist Hung Chung-yum were on hand to share their experience with the junior athletes. Lee, who won a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics, said: 'I can tell you that my success was the result of a lot of hard work, commitment as well as sweat and tears.' Hung said: 'Success is not due to luck, it requires hard work and a lot of effort.' The Scholarship Athlete Programme, launched in 1987, is a support scheme for talented athletes comprising top class coaching, facilities, overseas training, competition opportunities and technical services. One of the young athletes, Dick Lau Siu-wai, 15, a junior squash player, has trained at the Sports Institute for five years. He said the training was quite tough as he had to practise every day except on Sundays. He said the training he got at the institute helped him in his studies as well. He said his goal was to become a top Asian player. During the camp, athletes attended a series of activities featuring lectures, discussions, games and competitions on the theme of being an elite athlete and sports knowledge including sports medicine, sports science and psychology. Tang Tsz-wai, 18, a young badminton player, said she hoped to be as strong as the present elite athletes. The Form Six student said she would commit herself to sports after completing her secondary schooling. 'Even though I'm not good at studying, I want to balance my sports activities with my academic studies,' she said. Tsz-wai has been training at the Sports Institute for almost four years. She said what she had learned at the institute was not just good sports training, but also communication skills, as she had to practise with other athletes.