Siobhan Haughey who? 6 Hong Kong celebrities who used to be national athletes, from K-pop idol Jackson Wang to Cantopop’s Mirror member Ian Chan
His father Wang Ruiji was formerly on the Chinese national fencing team and even won gold at the Asian Games. Jackson began fencing at the age of 10 under the training of coaches and his father, and won multiple awards for Hong Kong’s fencing team, even achieving first place in the Asian Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships in 2011.
From a young age, Alex Fong’s father wished for him to get involved with swimming. He was trained under renowned American coach Richard Shoulberg.
Before his acting and singing career, Alex Fong was given the nickname “Little Flying Fish” for his swimming achievements. He competed at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 where he set Hong Kong swimming records in the 200-metre backstroke and 400-metre individual medley.
Stephanie Ho was a participant in TVB’s singing competition The Voice at the age of 16, wowing crowds with her singing. Although she didn’t win, she signed on with TVB as an actress. Ho has also been releasing her own music since 2013 and has won multiple best new artist awards.
But Ho has also been playing golf since she was six years old and, four years later, she joined the Hong Kong National Golf Team, later setting a record as the winner of the Hong Kong Ladies Close Amateur Championship in 2009. Although she stopped playing when she was a teenager, Ho has recently picked up golfing again and has been playing in local competitions since 2018.
Chan started playing volleyball in middle school … as well as basketball, track and field, table tennis and even taekwondo, in which he has a black belt. At university, Chan joined the national volleyball team via the South China Athletic Association.
You can catch Chan in action on ViuTV’s programme We are the Littles, where he and his fellow Mirror members showed off their volleyball skills.
From starting out as a model to joining Canto-pop girl group Cookies and becoming an actress, Stephy Tang has led an extensive career in showbiz. And although her passion for sports has recently shifted towards yoga, Tang was once an avid volleyball player.
Tang played in Hong Kong’s volleyball team since middle school, mostly as a libero or left wing spiker. Despite giving up the sport in order to focus on her budding entertainment career, in 2015 she started a women’s volleyball team sponsored by her fashion label Loey, and the team even played against China’s national volleyball team.
Tang also joined Chan and the Mirror boys in ViuTV’s We are the Littles as the coach of the boys’ team.
Ruco Chan made his TV debut in 1994 and has starred in TVB dramas like Forensic Heroes III, A Fist Within Four Walls and many more. But before he enrolled in, and graduated from, TVB’s training programme, Chan spent his younger days playing table tennis for Hong Kong’s national team.
He joined the Hong Kong table tennis team after training at the Jubilee Sports Academy from age 13, becoming the youngest player to represent the city in overseas competitions at the time. However, he eventually left to focus on his acting career.
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