Each week we talk to HK's brightest and best Name Liu Yan-wai School Hong Kong Polytechnic University Grade Pre-Associate Degree Sport Fencing Achievements Liu, 18, is a member of the Hong Kong team, specialising in the foil category. She clinched the Hong Kong Junior Fencing Championships ladies' under-20 foil category this year. Last year, she also won the titles in both the under-17 and under-20 ladies' foil. She came second in the under-20 ladies' foil event in the Junior Fencing Championships last year. Liu has also won bronze medals in the Cadet women's foil and Junior women's foil categories in last year's Asian Youth and Cadet Fencing Championships held in Kuwait. Soundbite I started learning fencing six years ago. My parents thought that I was too active, so they asked me to take up a sport. I chose fencing because it's not so popular in Hong Kong. In my first month of learning, I found it very difficult to co-ordinate my arms and legs. After I managed to cope with it, I began to love the sport. In the summer, I was busy preparing for my further education after I finished the HKCEE. Now, I can spend more time fencing. I practise five days a week, about three to four hours each time. Even though the practice is tough, I enjoy it. My most memorable match was in the 2004 Asian Youth and Cadet Fencing Championships in Taipei. It was my first time to take part in an international competition and I won the bronze medal in the ladies' foil group. I was happy and excited. From her coach 'She's very clever and she's a 'fighter'. Her standard is at the top among young players in Hong Kong. But she doesn't understand her own characteristics. Sometimes, she cannot spot her strengths and weaknesses,' Wong Tsan says. 'Also, she tends to think in a complicated way, which makes simple tasks more complicated.' Ambitions My target is to qualify for the Olympics in Beijing next year. I will try my best to do well in the World and Asian Youth and Cadet Fencing Championships so I can get a better ranking.