THE woman assigned by Canadian officials as the Hong Kong team's chaperone during the Commonwealth Games has run into her first hurdle - and the event does not open until Friday. A Hong Kong resident who emigrated to Canada more than 10 years ago is upset that financier Darlene Gunter got the job, rather than someone Chinese. The man is a member of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, based in Victoria, which tomorrow night hosts the Hong Kong team at a celebratory dinner. Ms Gunter said the man called her to say that he was taking over as attache. ''He said I could not do the job because I was not Chinese,'' she said yesterday. ''I got the job because I saw the ad in the newspaper. He could have done it a long time ago. ''I've tried to stay away from any politics but it seems that sport and politics do mix.'' Ms Gunter said Hong Kong's Olympic chief A. de O. Sales and chef de mission Pang Chung had given her their full backing. ''Pang Chung said he has all the confidence in me and said he hoped I did not think all Hong Kong people felt that way. ''I certainly don't think that at all. I get along very well with the members of the team I've met. ''I've experienced discrimination before because I'm a woman, but never because of my race.'' Mr Sales said: ''I don't think there is any problem. The attaches are always appointed by the home Olympic committee and it is important that he or she is a local because they know the city and provide a working advantage.'' The man denied his complaint was discrimination. ''It's nothing to do with her. I just think someone with an affinity for Hong Kong should be there for the team. ''The position was assigned by the organisers. I did not know about it until the applications closed.'' But another former Hong Kong resident, retired businessman Paul Chow Bo-fat, came out in support of Ms Gunter. ''I know this girl and she is doing a good job. In fact, I asked her if she needed any help to come to me. ''Of course, the Chinese here would like to see someone with Hong Kong connections as their team attache. ''But it is their fault. They should have applied earlier.