Disabled runner wins Best of the Best award after heroic performance in Beijing An emotional So Wa-wai clinched the 2008 Best of the Best Sport Stars Award following his golden performance at the Paralympic Games in Beijing last summer. Hong Kong returned empty-handed from the Olympic Games, and So's stellar performance caught the eye of selectors who awarded him the top honour among the elite group of eight. The 27-year-old, who won gold in the men's 200m at the Bird's Nest in a world record time of 24.65 and took bronze in the 100m, couldn't hold back the tears after his name was called at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre last night. 'This is a recognition of my efforts over the years,' said So. 'It has also shown the strong community support for me.' So said he had never dreamed he would take home the top prize. 'I was very happy just to be among the eight sports stars of the year and thought either Marco Fu Ka-chun the snooker star or cyclist Wong Kam-po could win the title because they are better-known athletes in Hong Kong,' he said. So said it was too early for him to decide whether to take part in the London Paralympic Games. 'I am not young anymore,' he said. 'And you need to be very fit to compete in the Paralympics. Winning the award does not mean I must compete in the next Games in London. I have to see my results in the next Asian Disabled Games in Guangzhou next year and then I will discuss it with my coach.' So's mother, So Hon Siu-ching, accompanied her son to the ceremony and could hardly believe he had won. 'He is a disabled athlete and many people will not weigh his success the same as able bodied athletes,' said Mrs So. 'Now he has won and the award will definitely give a big push to many other disabled athletes.' Both Fu, who came fourth in the UK Masters and Wong, winner of the scratch race in the US leg of the World Cup Classics, were among the eight sports stars of the year. The five others were Wang Chen of badminton, windsurfer Chan King-yin, Tie Yana of table tennis, triathlete Daniel Lee Chi-wo and wheelchair fencer Chan Yui-chong. Tie and Lee were first-time winners. Each of the eight winners received a HK$30,000 cash award, while So earned an additional HK$50,000. Wong, the winner of the Best of the Best award the past two years, rushed back from Denmark with the cycling team just hours before presentation but said he had no complaints about the selectors' decision. 'I would have felt ashamed had they awarded me the top honour,' said Wong, who took first place in the points race at the World Cup Classics in Copenhagen. 'My results in 2008 were hardly my best. I thought Chan King-yin might win because of his performance in the Olympic Games, but it is a good news that So won it. He has given a lot to sport and his performance in the Paralympic Games was very impressive.' Cycling was a big winner on the night as Wong and up-and-coming Kwok Ho-ting's madison team shared the Team Event Award with the tenpin bowling team. Female cyclist Wong Wan-yiu was one of the four recipients of the Potential award. 'I am very happy to see a new generation of cyclists is coming through the ranks so they can take up the baton from me one day,' said Wong, who has set his sights on the London Games in 2012 despite turning 36 next month. 'Age is not a concern as long as I am still fit,' he said. 'The victory in Copenhagen did give me a boost in my preparations for the forthcoming competitions. The world track championships in Poland will be my next target before the National Games and the East Asian Games.'