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$400k scholarships for six of the best athletes

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Bowie Tse

Six student-athletes, including fencers Lawrence Ng Lok-wang and Nicholas Choi, received HK$400,000 scholarships from the University of Hong Kong yesterday.

In a concerted effort to nurture aspiring sports stars, the HKU Lee Shau Kee Top Athletes Scholarship was established to support outstanding emerging and active athletes in pursuit of excellence in both sports and academic studies.

Apart from the fencers, the four other recipients are tennis player Coleman Wong Chak-lam, sailor Russell Williams Aylsworth and Sandy Choi Wing-chi, and alpine skier Adrian Yung Hau-tsuen.

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A HK$7.2 million scholarship for talented athletes was set up at HKU alongside its top athletes direct admission scheme, an admission gateway from the coming academic year mainly based on sports achievements. The university pledged to provide support to the athletes, including personal academic advice, flexible learning arrangements, counselling, and physical training.

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Henderson chairman Martin Lee Ka-shing said that through the scholarships’ scheme, “I hope to do my part to support our top sporting talents and motivate them to pursue their dreams and maintain a good balance between sports and academics.”

The ceremony was attended by Henderson vice-chairman Colin Lam Ko-yin and provost and deputy vice-chancellor Richard Wong Yue-chim.

Coleman Wong, who will read business administration, said “the scheme helps me a lot because I spend a lot of time traveling all over the world and it can balance my tennis career and academics.”

Wong won the US Open boys’ doubles in 2021 and the Australian Open boys’ doubles in 2022. He said the scholarship will be used to fund his travel for overseas tournaments. Aiming to get into the top 350, he hopes to make it to the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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Adrian Yung was the first men’s skier to represent Hong Kong at an Olympic Games when he participated in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

The science student said he considers Hong Kong to be the best place to pursue his interest in nutritional science and other scientific fields.

”This subject can make me best equipped to do my part in improving the quality of life for the people of Hong Kong.”

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He has been ramping up his skills through relentless training, and pushing toward the Milano Cortina Winter Olympics in 2026.

The awards came as cyclist Sarah Lee Wai-sze became keirin champion at the Japan Track Cup at Izu, hitting the finishing line in 11.285 seconds.

Cyclist Ceci Lee Sze-wing won bronze in the omnium race. The Hong Kong team has won one gold, six silvers and four bronzes in this year’s race.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong snooker Ng On-yee won silver in the UK Championship after losing to world no 1 Reanne Evans.

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