Swimming stars ready to kick on - elite swimmers share their ambitions

Swimming stars ready to kick on - elite swimmers share their ambitions

Teenage trio have achieved a lot, but there's more to come

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From left. Vincent Suen, Miles Jing Williams and Ng Yan-ki.
Photo: Wah Yan College (Kowloon) and Ben Pang/SCMP

One of the biggest hurdles for young athletes is balancing studies and sport. Three swimming stars, Ng Yan-kin, Miles Jing Williams and Vincent Suen Wai-cheong, spoke to Young Post about what it takes to reach the top of their sport. 


Yan-kin, captain of the Diocesan Boys' School (DBS) swimming team, holds several local records. These include the men's short course 4x200-metre freestyle, the boys' short course (15-17 years) 100m breaststroke, and boys' long course (15-17 years) 50m and 100m breaststroke.

The 17-year-old also led his school to the overall title at the Division One Inter-school Swimming Competition (Kowloon and Hong Kong Island) 2015-2016 for the 23rd time in a row. He said leading a swimming team was a big challenge, but it was a memorable experience.

"The hardest part was to boost team spirit and at the same time instruct my teammates to follow the competition's rules," he said. "Then there were things like designing team clothes and looking for sponsors. You learn so much as a team captain and I am very happy that I had that opportunity."

Ng Yan Ki wants to take on dolphins.
Photo: Ben Pang/SCMP

Bench notes:

YP: Who is your favourite athlete?
Yan-kin: Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima. He's a breaststroke expert. His efforts paid off as he won four Olympic gold medals and set new records in the men's 100m and 200m breaststroke. 

YP: If you were asked to compete with an aquatic animal, what would it be?
Yan-kin: Chinese white dolphin. They're cute and playful, and they're an endangered species.

YP: If you could have any superpower for 24 hours, what would you choose and how would you use your power?
Yan-kin: The Memory Bread in the Japanese manga series, Doraemon. It would make my preparation for the DSE much easier as I have a lot to memorise.


West Island School's Miles has also set many records, including the men's short course 1,500m freestyle, boys' short course (15-17 years) 400m and 1,500m freestyle, and boys' long course (15-17 years) 400m, 800m and 1,500m freestyle.

Miles also received the "High Point Trophy" (15-17 years) at the Hong Kong Age Group Championships held from November 6-8 at Kowloon Park Swimming Pool, where he won five gold medals.

Miles, 18, said he will take part in the 100m and 800m freestyle, and 400m individual medley, in the Division 1 Short Course Competition on December 5-6 at Victoria Park Swimming Pool.

Miles Jing Williams will never grow up.
Photo: Ben Pang/SCMP

Bench notes: 

YP: If you were asked to compete with an aquatic animal, what would it be?
Miles: Probably a manatee since these creatures are pretty slow.

YP: If you could have any superpower for 24 hours, what would you choose and how would you use your power?
Miles: It would be great if I had the ability to eat without putting on weight. Then I could spend my time in front of the TV and eat all I want.

YP: What food would you never give up?
Miles: Pringles, for sure.


Vincent, also 18, from Wah Yan College, Kowloon, set a new record in the 50m freestyle at the Division One Inter-school Swimming Competition (Kowloon and Hong Kong Island) on October 28. 

He also won silver in the 15-17 years mixed, and 4x100m freestyle, at the eighth Asian Age Group Championships 2015 held in Bangkok from October 1-4.

"My personal best for 50m freestyle is 23.80 seconds, but I aim to clock 23.50," Vincent says.

Vincent Suen is a big fan of Mizuno.
Photo: Wah Yan College (Kowloon)

Bench notes: 

YP: Which song do you listen to before competition?
Vincent: Swedish band Europe's The Final Countdown. Every time I listen to the song, it inspires me.

YP: Imagine you're a famous athlete. What company would you sign-on as spokesperson for, and what product would you promote?
Vincent: Mizuno. It's a great brand. I'd promote their swimming gear, such as goggles, caps and swimsuits.

YP: If you could have any superpower for 24 hours, what would you choose and how would you use your power?

Vincent: The Time Machine in the Japanese manga series, Doraemon. I wish I could go back to when I was 10 years old so I could train harder and achieve better results.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Swimming stars ready to kick on

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2 Comments

Ricky Chan1

19:37pm

This news is about three swimming stars,Ng Yan-kin, Miles Jing Williams and Vincent Suen Wai- cheong, when i read this news, i think that this three people are very like swimming so they will many time to practise swim, i thick i also have my favourite dream, so i thick i also will use many time and money to do.Although some people will that it is stupid , i thick it is happy.Also this news let me learn that if we do hard, every thing will come true.And this three swimming stars also is very young,so i need to learn to them.

Chan Moon Yan

20:03pm

I am also a swimmer, of course I am not professionals. After I read this article, I have some feelings and I want to share to everybody so I write this article.
I like Vincent Suen Wai-cheong more in this three swimming stars because he won many swimming competitions and his famous coach has said that his competitor is very strong. This year is very competitive because both of them can win gold. So I think he is the best in this three swimming stars.