Hong Kong's best young fencing talent crossed swords with an Athens Olympic silver medallist at a training clinic last weekend. Britta Heidemann participated in several demonstrations with Hong Kong squad members, including Paralympians such as schoolgirl gold medallist Alison Yu Chui-yee. The workshop was organised by the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) and health-care company Bayer China. 'I am happy to be here promoting sport,' said Heidemann, a member of the TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen Sports Club in Germany. 'I believe that Hong Kong has many talented athletes. With time and proper training, I think they could perform well on an international level,' she said. HKSI acting chief executive Chung Pak-kwong said big enterprises played a crucial role in developing young talent. 'We are extremely pleased when companies of Bayer's stature step out to show their encouragement for the sporting community. At the HKSI, we aim to provide an environment in which sporting talent can be identified and nurtured in pursuit of excellence,' Dr Chung said. 'With Bayer's generous support, we will be able to enhance the standard of the elite athletes at the HKSI. At the same time, we are able to generate increased awareness and hopefully that will spur other corporations to come out and help our cause.' The event was supported by the Hong Kong Sports Association for the Physically Disabled and Hong Kong Amateur Fencing Association. This year, Bayer is celebrating its 100th anniversary of supporting sports at all levels, including the disabled.