Nominees for a coveted quarterly junior athletes award were announced last week - with gold medal winners in several international competitions among the 12 names. Favourites to pick up third-quarter honours (one each for a boy and a girl) in the AS Watson Hong Kong Sports Development Board (SDB) Junior Athlete Awards are 18-year-old windsurfer Yu Wing-ho and rower Lee Ka-man, 16. Wing-ho performed brilliantly at the 2003 Youth Sailing World Championships in Portugal last August. He clinched the boys' World Mistral title in dramatic style when he caught up with rivals on the final day. Ka-man achieved the highest-ever ranking by a Hong Kong junior athlete (fifth) when she became the first female rower to reach the finals of a World Junior Championship competition in Greece last August. Others in contention for the cash and voucher prizes worth $5,000 are Martin Sayer (boys' singles champion at the ITF Hat Yai International Junior Championships), Wong Tsz-yan (winner of the girls' elite category in the ITU Hong Kong Triathlon), and cyclist Lam Kai-tsun (Hong Kong's first-ever gold medallist at the National Inter-City Games in Shangxi). Another with a chance is Ip Shi-yan, who excelled for the Hong Kong team when they won the All China Secondary Schools Handball competition in Shandong last August. 'It is very encouraging to see these young stars coming through the ranks,' said Dr Chung Pak-chong, director of elite training and sports development at the SDB. 'It shows our talent identification programme [Searching for Sports Stars] is on the right track.' The full list of nominees: (Vote for your favourite on the Young Post website!) Badminton - Chan Yan-kit, 17, and Yip Pui-yin, 15. Cycling - Lam Kai-tsun, 18. Handball - Ip Shi-yan, 17. Rowing - Lee Ka-man, 16. Table-tennis - Li Kwun-ngai, 15. Tennis - Martin Sayer, 16. Triathlon - Chan Ye-ko, 16 and Wong Tsz-yan, 14. Windsurfing - Chan Wai-man, 18 and Yu Wing-ho, 18.