Hong Kong Delegation Stepped up Training for a Podium Performance
The Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games will officially kick off on 6 October. All the teams from Hong Kong continued preparation and strived to get on the podium again!
Wheelchair fencing team captured 4 gold, 5 silver and 5 bronze at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games. Head Coach WONG Kam Kau believed the team could continue to achieve good results. “We are confident in the experienced athletes. Moreover, the condition of athletes is satisfactory after the adjustment in these few arrival days and we expect to win medals,” WONG said. YU Chui Yee will be the Flag Bearer at the Opening Ceremony and Head Coach WONG was not worried about the impact on her performance in the upcoming matches. “Chui Yee was also the Flag Bearer at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and obtained related experience. She will return to the Para Village immediately after completing the mission and prepare for the competitions on next day.” Men’s and Women’s Foil Individual events will commence on 7 October which is medal hopeful to the Hong Kong team.
Boccia team won 2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze at the 2014 event. LEUNG Yuk Wing, WONG Kwan Hang and LAU Wai Yan jointly took 2 gold and 1 silver in the BC4 Individual and Pairs. They are expected to add medals to the Hong Kong team again this time. Head Coach KWOK Hart Wing did not set a target for the number of medals. “The game will be affected by different factors such as the venue, and hence we did not set specific target. However, under the Pilot Scheme for Elite Vote Support System for Disability Sports, athletes have sufficient training and believe that the results will be quite satisfactory,” he said.
Lawn Bowls team got 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze at the last Games and some new team members joined this year. Head Coach LEE Fong Kiu said that the team had set a goal for the medals. “The team trained hard in the past two months. They joined the intensive training in Korea and the competition in Singapore. I hope that the players will be able to win medals in this game.” LEE said. She also shared that although the venue was not similar with the standard one, the team gradually adapted to it and was expected to perform well later.
WONG Sze Yan and YAM Kwok Fan attained two bronze in T36 100m and 200m events at the 2014 event respectively, and they will compete in the same events soon. Athletics Head Coach YIP Chung Wa expected the team to perform well. “We have more athletes to compete in more events compared with previous Games. Senior athletes will aim for medals, and the athletes who make their debut are looking forward to the finals. The condition of athletes keeps improving and they hope to achieve good results under the fine weather and venue.”
Swimming team captured 1 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze in the previous Games, while 13 athletes would participate in the upcoming edition. “The players are ready for the games. We expect elder athletes to strive for the medals and younger athletes can break their personal best, which will help their further development. For the athletes with intellectual impairment, the 200m gold medal winner of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, TANG Wai Lok has strong potential to step on the podium again,” Head Coach KONG Chun Yin said.
The Opening Ceremony will be held tomorrow evening (6 October), while table tennis singles and badminton team events will commence in the morning.