Speed skater Cordia Tsoi Po-yee will almost certainly be honoured by the Hong Kong Sports Development Board for qualifying for the Winter Olympics which begin on Friday in Salt Lake City. Every three months the board hands out one or more Outstanding Athlete Awards. The awards for the final quarter of 2001 will be presented later this month. Po-yee, 17, successfully qualified for the Games with an outstanding performance in the Short Track Speed Skating Qualifying Competition in Salt Lake City in Utah, United States. Po-yee and another speed skater Christy Ren, 18, are Hong Kong's first Winter Olympians. Po-yee will take part in three short-track events: the 500 metre, 1,000m and 1,500m at the Games which start on Friday. The awards scheme recognises the achievement of junior athletes and is supported by the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong and China and the Hong Kong Sports Press Association. Po-yee heads the list of nine candidates which includes wheelchair fencer Yu Chui-yee, who was a recipient in the second quarter of 2001. Yu, a scholarship athlete, snatched a gold medal in the women's epee and a silver medal in the foil at the Fifth Budapest International Wheelchair Fencing Competition World Cup. Intellectually disabled swimmer, Leung Shu-hang, 14, is nominated for the first time on the basis of the six gold and three silver medals he won at the New Zealand Special Olympics National Games. The youngest candidate to be nominated for the award, 13-year-old squash player Chan Ho-ling, clinched a gold medal in the girls' Under 15 category of the Scottish Junior Open recently. Swimmer Kong Yan-kay smashed her own Hong Kong records in the 100 metre and 200m butterfly events at the Ninth China National Games in Guangzhou. Another swimmer, Chung Kwok-leung bettered his personal best in the men's 1,500m freestyle. Tennis player Hui Cheuk-wai defeated strong competition to lift titles in both the boys' singles and doubles at the Vietnam International Junior Championships. Tenpin bowling star Wu Siu-hong, honoured in the second quarter, boosted his chances of winning the overall outstanding athlete award by being nominated in the final quarter as well. Another previous recipient is windsurfer Chan King-yin who outclassed 67 others to finish with a gold at the Mistral Youth and Junior World Championships.