Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) held the "Homecoming Gathering for HKBU Athletes in Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games-cum-Social Sciences in Dialogue" today (18 October) to commend Sarah Lee Wai-sze, Daniel Chan Ho-yuen, Chan Chung-wang and Ho Yuen-kei for their exemplary performances at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Sarah Lee, a bronze medalist in the Women's Sprint at the Olympic Games, and Daniel Chan, a bronze medalist in the Badminton Men's Singles WH2 event at the Paralympic Games, are students of the Bachelor of Arts in Creative and Professional Writing programme and the Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Recreation Management programme, respectively.
Chan Chung-wang, a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education and Recreation Management programme, competed in the Men's 110m Hurdles at the Olympic Games, whereas Ho Yuen-kei, an alumna of the Bachelor of Social Sciences in China Studies programme, participated in the boccia competitions at the Paralympic Games.
At the event hosted by HKBU's Faculty of Social Sciences, Dr Clement Chen Cheng-jen, Chairman of the Council and the Court, and Professor Alexander Wai, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU, presented the "HKBU Olympian and Paralympian Appreciation Award", which included a cash prize of HK$150,000, to each of the four outstanding athletes in recognition of their achievements at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In his welcome address, Professor Alexander Wai said that the four athletes are fighters who have shown great perseverance. They have embraced challenges and performed brilliantly in the world's top sporting competitions with their superior skills, determination and strength. They have also demonstrated the highest level of sportsmanship and deeply impressed audiences around the world.
"HKBU is committed to assisting the training of athletes through scientific research, and it has nurtured management talent for the sports industry and promoted the systematic development of sport through the Physical Education and Recreation Management programme and the Sport and Recreation Leadership programme. In addition, the University launched the Elite Athletes Admission Scheme in 2016, which has admitted 66 outstanding local athletes to undergraduate programmes," he added.
At the sharing session moderated by Professor Chung Pak-kwong, Associate Dean (Development) of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Acting Director of Student Affairs at HKBU, the four athletes shared their path to success and discussed the development of sport in Hong Kong with their fellow students. They inspired hundreds of attendees in the onsite and online audiences with their stories of the ups and downs on their sporting journeys, and how they overcame challenges through their relentless perseverance and hard work.
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