Schoolgirl swimmer Sze Hang-yu will carry the Hong Kong flag at the opening ceremony of the 2005 Australian Youth Olympics Festival at the Sydney Superdome tonight. The Form Four student from Diocesan Girls' School has been selected from a squad of 16 boys and 16 girls to fly the Bauhinia flag in the traditionally spectacular ceremony. Hang-yu broke 14 Hong Kong records in long- and short-course events last year. She also competed at the 2004 Athens Olympics, and was named female Swimmer of the Year by the Hong Kong Swimming Coaches' Association. 'I'm really looking forward to the opening,' said Hang-yu. 'I'm very happy to be chosen as the flag-bearer. It will be memorable.' The flame will be ignited in front of more than 1,800 athletes and team officials from 20 countries, while talented musicians and dancers from the state of New South Wales will add a touch of showbiz flair to the sporting extravaganza. The festival, which is held every two years, allows athletes aged between 14 and 19 to stay in Olympic Village-style accommodation and battle it out for honours over four days. A total of 14 sports - archery, athletics, basketball, canoeing, cycling, diving, equestrian, gymnastics, judo, rowing, shooting, swimming, volleyball and weightlifting - have been included in the programme. Apart from the hosts, competitors from Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Oceania, the Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, the United States and Russia are taking part in the festival. Hong Kong is represented by a 39-strong swimming squad, including seven officials. Swimming events will be held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre in Homebush, an elite facility where many dreams came true during the spectacular 2000 Olympics. Led by coaches Chan Yiu-hoi, Fan Wai-tim and Ku Lai-ping, the Hong Kong team comprises top swimmers such as Hannah Wilson, Sze Hang-yu, Yip Tsz-wa, as well as promising talents Geoffery Cheah, Cheng Ka-ho, and Natalie Chan Hiu-ying. Swimming events scheduled for tomorrow include the men's and women's 200 metres, men's 800m freestyle, men's and women's 100m backstroke and 200m butterfly, and the women's 1,500m freestyle.