'It's not the end of the Christina Mak story. Hopefully, it's a new chapter,' says Asian Games squash bronze medallist Christina Mak Pui-hin, spelling out her back-to-school plan after her retirement this year. The elite squash player, who has represented Hong Kong at international contests since 1998, is pursuing a career in Chinese medicine. She has recently been admitted to a six-year degree course in traditional Chinese medicine at Chinese University, thanks to its sports scholarship scheme, launched in 2001, which has seen 160 outstanding athletes study at the institution. It may sound like an unlikely twist in Mak's career path, but the 32-year-old says: 'I actually started developing an interest in Chinese medicine when I was small. My mother likes to consult Chinese medicine practitioners. I see that Chinese medicine is effective and works. Chinese medicine, to me, is more than some medical treatment to cure sickness. It also involves the philosophy of living and sometimes psychology.' Traditional Chinese medicine is based on the concept that the body is a set of sophisticated interconnected systems, which must work in balance for a person to be healthy. 'All athletes need to tackle their 'other' life after the final whistle is blown. I have plans to be a coach. But I think, if I can get some experience in Chinese medicine, I can also help fellow players in terms of keeping a healthy living,' Mak says. From September, she will be a full-time student, the first time since, at 14, her squash potential was spotted and she was picked for elite training at the Hong Kong Sports Institute. Mak is no stranger to squash fans in Hong Kong. She helped the city's team win gold at the 10th Asian Squash Championships held in the Hong Kong in 2000. She also represented the city at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, where she won a bronze medal in women's singles. Mak also gained public attention in 2008 when she put up for auction the Olympic torch she used on the Hong Kong leg of the torch relay in an effort to raise money to help victims of the Sichuan earthquake earlier that year. Mak, who will retire from competition after the Guangzhou Asian Games in November, says she is ready for six years of lectures and examinations. Perhaps her lecturers should take note of a comment on the Women's International Squash Players Association website - Mak lists 'chatting' as one of her hobbies.