YOG of the week: Jessica Fung Wai-yee

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Name: Jessica Fung Wai-yee

School: Sacred Heart Canossian College

Grade: Form Four

Sport: Sport Athletics (High Jump)

Achievements Jessica, 16, is a member of the Hong Kong Athletics Team. She ranks number one in both Hong Kong women's and Hong Kong junior women's high jump. She holds the Hong Kong women's high jump record (1.78m).

She won a gold medal at the 2008 Asian Junior Championships. She also won a silver at the 2009 Singapore Asian Youth Games.

Just before qualifying for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG), Jessica won a silver medal at the Hong Kong Inter-City Athletics Championships this year.

How he qualified 'I took part in the Asian Area Qualification for YOG 2010 in Singapore in May. I passed in the second attempt of 1.71m and tied with Wu Meng-chia from Chinese Taipei. I came second in the end as I had one more attempt than Wu, but I still secured a place in the YOG.'

Soundbite 'I experienced utter defeat in last year's East Asian Games (EAG). I could not pass the starting height in all attempts and was ranked last. The loss became my nightmare and affected my performance when I competed at the venue (Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground) again this year,' Jessica says. 'The media called it the 'Tseung Kwan O spell' when they reported my results. Fortunately, I overcame the difficulty and did well again in the Hong Kong Inter-City Athletics Championships at the same venue.

'I am an emotional athlete and I always have high expectations of myself. The YOG is a world class event, but I will try to take it easy and not think about the results. Being qualified to compete is already a bonus for me, so I will complete the height attempts one by one and see how far I can go.

'I hope to meet my idol: two-time Olympic champion pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva. The Russian athlete has strong determination. She has nine major titles under her belt. She managed to break the world record right after her defeat in the World Championships. I look forward to learning about her experience in the 'Chat with Champion' activity at the YOG.'

From her coach'Jessica has done very well recently. We have already been to Singapore because she needs more time to get used to the weather and the field. She will also have some routine training at the venue,' says coach Chang yu-ho.

Insight for the Games 'My target for the YOG is to jump 1.7m and then try higher attempts. The result will depend on my form on that day.'

Kevin Kung will be reporting all the YOG action from Singapore for Young Post

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