Table tennis ace Lai Wai-ling, who scooped a handful of prizes at the recent Hong Kong Sports Stars Awards, has picked up another honour. Wai-ling, a mentally disabled athlete, and windsurfer Ma Kwok-po were named the Hong Kong Sports Development Board's (SDB) Outstanding Junior Athletes for the final quarter of 2003 for their excellent performances during that period. Wai-ling, 17, won three gold medals in the girls' singles, doubles and team event at the INAS-FID World Table Tennis Championships held in Mexico in November. It is the third time that Wai-ling has won this coveted quarterly award. 'I am pleased to become a three-time winner of the award and hope to win it again in future,' said Wai-ling, who took the award in 2000 and 2002. The paddler, who has been the world No 1 in her category since 1998, has set her sights on winning a second Paralympic Games gold medal in Athens this summer. She collected her first Paralympic gold in the women's singles in Sydney four years ago. Kwok-po showed class to win a bronze medal in the junior boys' event at the Mistral Youth & Junior World Championships in November, which featured leading windsurfers from 11 countries. The 16-year-old first started boardsailing in 2000 and a year later represented Hong Kong in the IMCO Youth World Championships. 'It is an honour to win the award as it recognises what I've achieved. Although there is still a long way to go, I will work harder in future and hopefully I can be as successful as Lee Lai-shan,' said Kwok-po. At a prize presentation held at the Hong Kong Sports Institute last week, the two recipients each received a cash award of $2,500, sports gear vouchers worth $2,500 and a certificate of merit. The awards scheme was introduced by the SDB in 1999 to encourage Hong Kong's best young athletes.