Navigating sports and school
The mind to push his limits keeps Tsz-to going not only in triathlons, but also in various professional races. In 2019, he competed in the ASTC Triathlon Asian Championships in Gyeongju, Korea, and took home the silver medal in the U23 men’s event. He won back-to-back championships in the men’s 10 km race in the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon 2021 and 2023. He also represented HKBU and excelled at the 1500m and 5000m races at the Annual Athletic Meet held by The University Sports Federation of Hong Kong.
The title that got him seriously thinking about going professional came at the 2018 Asian Games, where he and his teammates won the bronze medals in the triathlon mixed-gender relay event. Besides being committed to striving for the best in sport, he was also determined to continue his education, and he was admitted to HKBU through the 2020/21 Elite Athletes Admission Scheme (now renamed as the Talented Athletes Direct Admission Scheme).
“As a full-time athlete and part-time student, I really appreciate how the University provides tailored learning support and flexibility in study arrangements. This enables me to continue to pursue my athletic goals while keeping up with my academic studies,” Tsz-to says. He credits his teachers and fellow classmates with helping him do well in the classroom, and he believes the PERM programme at HKBU has expanded his knowledge about sports practice and the discipline of recreation management.
Sprinting to new goals
Eventually Tsz-to sees himself working in sports, but for now one of his immediate goals is to compete in 2023 Asian Games qualifying trials in April. He is also aiming for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
“Taking part in triathlon has given me the drive to improve. I hope that I can keep working towards a breakthrough, not only in Hong Kong, but on an international level,” he says.
The sport has taught him important lessons about endurance, hard work, and perseverance through adversity. “When I get to a point where I feel it’s too difficult to make progress, whether in sports or other areas in my life, I will take a deep breath and remind myself to go one step further,” Tsz-to says. “When we go further, our perspective will change, and we can find the strength to carry on.”