Talented boardsailor Chan Wai-kei will be looking for Hong Kong's first ever medal at the World University Games in Turkey from August 11-21. Hong Kong will send a possible 50-member squad for the event in Izmir and Chan, a final year student at the University of Hong Kong, is one of the few national team members eligible for the games. Others include swimmers Sherry Tsai Hiu-wai and Chung Kwok-leung. The final squad will be decided next week after a meeting of the Post-Secondary Colleges Athletic Association. Hong Kong have never won a medal since taking part in the games in the early 80s. Chan returned yesterday from Europe after completing an extensive two-month training stint during which she won a gold medal in the women's IMCO at the Kiel Week Regatta and finished fifth in the world championship. 'The World University Games is one of our targets this year. I would be very happy if I could become the first athlete from Hong Kong to win a medal at the games,' said an excited Chan. 'The training in Europe has helped a lot, both technically and tactically, and hopefully I could achieve a breakthrough for Hong Kong.' The games is also under the athlete incentive awards scheme of the Hong Kong Sports Institute and a hefty sum of $250,000 will be offered to any gold medallist. 'I am happy to learn that the incentive is on offer, but money is not everything. I would not even think of it during competition as it diverts my attention,' she said. The boardsailor is no stranger to the course in Turkey, where she took part in the world university championship for windsurfing last year and finished first out of six participants. 'A win there before should give me an advantage but the championship was just a small event and the opposition was not that strong,' Chan said. 'However, it will be a different matter when we start in the games. I have heard nothing about other competitors, but I was told that two very good sailors from Poland and one from Japan, who had competed in Europe, would also be in Turkey.' Chan, however, is worried about the future of the elite training centre in Sha Tin as Hong Kong bids to stage the equestrian events of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.'I read on the internet that the institute may be closed down for equestrian events of the 2008 Olympic Games. As an athlete, I would be disappointed if we were deprived of the opportunity to train in a well-equipped centre,' she said. 'If we really need to move to other venues, it should be a better one so our training programme will not be disrupted.'