Laurels aplenty

Kevin Kung

Elite junior athletes had reason to celebrate over the past 12 months. And they are already gearing up for new challenges in the new year

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Back row (from left): Zero Yu, Manuel Kung, Lau Tsun-ling, Ivan Yau. Front row (from left): Yu Chui-yee, Fiona Ma, Carina Ma, Candice Wu.
Top athletes need their "report cards" too! New Year's Eve is the perfect time to review their achievements over the past 12 months. Young Post met eight elite athletes from the Hong Kong team and junior team at Victoria Harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui. This is what they said:

Name: Candice Wu Sze-yan, 17, Fanling Lutheran Secondary School

Sport: Archery

Achievements and plans: At the New Territories Inter-school Archery Competition, I scored 540 points to break the junior record and win the champion's title. Next March, I will take part in the first Asian Archery Grand Prix 2013 in Bangkok.

New Year's resolutions: Studying and training don't leave me time for anything else. Qualifying for the World Archery Youth Championship is my new challenge.

Name: Carina Ma Ka-man, 17, Laurel Springs School

Sport: Tennis

Achievements and plans: I won both the singles and doubles titles at the Bangladesh International Junior Tennis Tournament 2012 in November. I will compete in New Zealand and Europe in January and February. I want to win more titles.

New Year's resolutions: I love desserts but I never tried making one before. I would like to learn to bake some cakes.

Name: Fiona Ma Hei-tung, 17, Diocesan Girls' School

Sport: Swimming

Achievements and plans: I led my school to its 25th consecutive overall team title at the Inter-school Swimming Competition.

New Year's resolutions: I want to learn to play the guitar. That would be so cool.

Name: Alison Yu Chui-yee, 28

Sport: Wheelchair fencing

Achievements and plans: I won two golds and a bronze at my third Paralympics [this year]. I am looking forward to the World Championships in October.

New Year's resolutions: Inspired by a friend, I want to try skydiving in Australia.

Name: Lau Tsun-ling, 17, Diocesan Boys' School

Sport: Triathlon and athletics

Achievements and plans: I am the captain of my school's cross-country team and we secured our overall team title. I am a Team A member of the city's triathlon team. Next year I will fight for a scholarship at the Hong Kong Sports Institute.

New year's resolutions: I am eager to learn squash and piano. My little brother, who is eight, just started on these two hobbies. I want to have some fun with him.

Name: Manuel Kung Man-hung, 18, HKBU College of International Education

Sport: Rowing

Achievements and plans: My form fluctuated this year with good and bad results. I hope to keep up my good form.

New Year's resolutions: I want a short break from training to go travelling - to Japan or Korea - with my girlfriend.

Name: Zero Yu Hin-wa, 19, HKBU College of International Education

Sport: Long-distance running

Achievements and plans: I broke the junior record in the 15km run. Next year, I will become a senior runner and I want to qualify for the Hong Kong team by getting the top ranking in the 5,000m or 10,000m.

New Year's resolutions: I want to travel.

Name: Ivan Yau Tze-ching, 18, HKU Space Community College

Sport: Volleyball

Achievements and plans: I just joined the senior squad of the South China Athletic Association, which is one of the best teams in the First Division league, and won the Volleyball Marathon Championships title in October. Next year, I want to see if I am good enough to play for Hong Kong at the East Asian Games.

New year's resolutions: My answer is bungee jumping. I must give it a shot.