Paralympic gold medallist fencer Alison Yu Chui-yee focused on the positives when the coronavirus pandemic closed the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI), where she had been training for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics , which have since been postponed until next year. “When the HKSI closed and I had to train at home, I saw it as a time to relax,” says the 36-year-old, who was boarding at the HKSI on weekdays as she prepared for her fifth Paralympic Games. “It was like an unexpected holiday, which gave me more time with my family. “The uncertainty over the pandemic is something I can’t control, so why worry about it? This is a global issue and not just my problem,” she says. “In fact, being in Hong Kong meant I was in a better position than many of my athlete friends who are in strict lockdown in the United States and Europe.” The seven-time Paralympic gold medallist is one of a number of Hong Kong athletes featured in an exhibition, “Our Work From Home”, by sports photographer Brian Ching in collaboration with sports-focused retail hub The Forest. The show is part of a wider campaign, “Any Ground is Your Playground”, that encourages the public to focus on a healthy lifestyle while promoting local sports. The exhibition, which will run at The Forest, in Nelson Street, Mong Kok, until September 13, captures some of the creative ideas athletes have embraced to stay fit while social distancing. In March, Yu moved into her parents’ flat in Cheung Sha Wan, in Kowloon, so she could continue training. “I was lucky that mum hadn’t thrown away my rubber band, fitball and dumbbells that I now use to stay fit and healthy,” she says, adding that distancing herself from her mum’s “delicious food” was challenging. Yu says another important message of the exhibition is to show that people can stay healthy and happy whether they are disabled or able bodied. Yu was 11 years old when bone cancer led to the amputation of her left leg. Wheelchair-bound, Yu took up fencing when she was 17. “Disabled athletes in Hong Kong get less support than able-bodied athletes, so it was important to show people that anything is possible and that exercise is important and possible for everyone,” she says. Also featured in the exhibition is long-jumper Theophilus Chan Ming-tai, who was training for the Olympics when the HKSI closed from March to May. Chan, 25, shifted his training to his parents’ small village flat in Yuen Long, in the New Territories. To help with lower body strength, Chan would do four sets of 10 squats while carrying his 70kg brother on his back. “My younger brother was home studying for exams so we both found fun ways to motivate each other to keep fit,” he says, adding that a nearby football pitch also allowed him to stay active. Other athletes in the exhibition include gymnast Stone Shek Wai-hung, badminton player Tse Ying-suet, rugby player Salom Yiu Kam-shing, swimmer Stephanie Au Hoi-shun and para-badminton player Daniel Chan. The exhibition will run at The Forest, in Nelson Street, Mong Kok, until September 13. Funds raised go towards InspiringHK, a Hong Kong charity that promotes gender equality, social inclusion and a healthy lifestyle among the city’s underprivileged youth. Visit theforest.hk for details.