Newly appointed Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) chief executive Trisha Leahy wants to extract the maximum value out of existing government funding, rather than to seek additional financial help. Leahy, a sports psychologist and long-term Hong Kong resident, was selected last week to head the 11 elite-sports programmes at the HKSI. 'A lot of resources have been injected by the government recently and I think we should focus on maximising the value of government funding we already have and trying to get more results on the international stage,' she said. The HKSI has an annual budget of HK$140 million, with the government as the major financier. In April last year, the HKSI was given access to a further HK$30 million annually to strengthen elite development. Leahy said she was looking forward to the challenge of meeting the needs of athletes competing in high-profile events. 'There will be a lot of challenges for Hong Kong sports - the Beijing Olympic Games, followed by the East Asian Games and the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games,' said Leahy. 'For elite sports in Hong Kong, there will be some exciting moments.' The former Irish volleyball national team player joined the Sports Institute in 1992 as a sports psychologist and worked intensively with world champion windsurfer Lee Lai-shan, who won Hong Kong's only gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. As the HKSI's director of athlete and scientific services, she had been overseeing the daily operations of the training centre. 'Selection of Leahy has several advantages,' said a HKSI director. 'She knows Hong Kong sports well for she has been here a long time, she is fluent in Cantonese and is familiar with the operations of the HKSI.'