Snooker queen Ng On-yee pockets her second best of the best sports stars award
The recently crowned three-time world champion adds another feather to her cap after being named Hong Kong’s best athlete at glitzy ceremony in Wan Chai
With a third world title, a world No 1 ranking and now her second best of the best Hong Kong Sports Stars Award in the bag, life couldn’t be treating the city’s snooker queen, Ng On-yee, any better.
Despite her dizzying success, the 27-year-old isn’t going to rest on her laurels. She knows she has so much more to offer in a sport she has taken by storm.
Hong Kong’s snooker champion, who earlier this month secured her third world title in five years – winning in Malta without even dropping a frame – is growing testament as to how much she has improved over the years.
And on Tuesday night, at Hong Kong sport’s “Oscar” night at the Convention and Exhibition Centre, she was rewarded for her efforts as she added another feather to her cap. But she’s eager to conquer more heights.
Her long-term target remains to take part in more men’s events and her immediate goal is to qualify for the main draw of the men’s world championship at the Crucible next month.
“Winning the World Championship in 2017 was a great moment for me. I had to play until the last shot in the final before beating my opponent, Vidya Pillai [of India],” said Ng.
“Since winning the world title for the first time in 2015, I’ve become a more mature player. I have been playing in more tournaments all around the world. I have seen more young faces come up against me and they are finishing on the podium.
“I hope my success can help lift the sport and make it more popular in Hong Kong, for it is a sport that can be played by men and women, young and old.”
Ng collected HK$36,000 for being one of the eight sports stars winners and HK$60,000 on top of that for being crowned best of the best for 2017.
The media and the voting public had no difficulty picking Ng as the best Hong Kong athlete as she claimed her second “best of the best” since 2015.
Last year, Hong Kong’s world snooker champion played second fiddle to cyclist Sarah Lee Wai-sze, but Ng was a shoo-in for this year’s prestigious award.
Other Hong Kong athletes who were named the eight Sports Stars Awards winners were cyclist Sarah Lee, improving female swimmer Siobhan Haughey, wushu martial artist He Jianxin, Ng Mui-wui (intellectual disabled table tennis) Alison Yu Chui-yee (wheelchair fencing), Edgar Cheung Ka-long (men’s fencing) and Wong Chun-ting (men’s table tennis). The Hong Kong men’s cricket team won the Team Only Sport Award.
Sarah Lee also won the new best women’s costume award while tenpin bowler Wu Siu-hong won the men’s costume.
Haughey was a notable absentee at the ceremony as she was training and studying in the US. She said through a video message that 2017 was a good year for her but the real work begins now as she prepares for the 2020 Tokyo Games.
During the presentation, Sarah Lee saluted former cycling teammate Meng Zhaojuan, who retired from the sport after capturing a silver medal at the 2017 National Games in Tianjin. Meng was nominated for the Best Sportsmanship Award but did not win.
Speaking in Mandarin, Lee said former mainlander Meng’s fighting spirit would always be remembered by the Hong Kong cycling team.
Meng suffered a serious head injury while training in Japan for the 2016 Asian Championships, but made a stunning comeback the following year by snatching National Games silver.