Six of the best

Six of the best

20130716163144.jpg

(From left) Cobie Chan, Pansy Chan, Choi Uen-shan, Alvin Yuen, Alex Lau and Chris Lo have big hopes for the Asian Young Games.
(From left) Cobie Chan, Pansy Chan, Choi Uen-shan, Alvin Yuen, Alex Lau and Chris Lo have big hopes for the Asian Young Games.
Photo: Nora Tam/SCMP
The Hong Kong junior squash team will send six players to the second Asian Youth Games in Nanjing next month. Pansy Chan Pui-hei, Choi Uen-shan and Cobie Chan Ho-ching will join the girls' team event, while Alvin Yuen Tsun-hei, Chris Lo Cheuk-hin and Alex Lau Tsz-kwan will battle other Asian boys.

Led by Pansy and Uen-shan, both 17, the girls' team has high hopes of reaching the team final. The duo will play in the individual event as well. They will receive solid support from 16-year-old Cobie - the reigning inter-school Grade B girls' champion and runner-up at the Hong Kong Junior Championships - in the team event.

Cobie, a Form Four student from Bishop Hall Jubilee School, will not play in the singles.

Looking at recent results, it's clear that the girls have a good chance of winning at least a team medal. In February's Asian Junior Squash Team Championship in Seoul, South Korea, Pansy and Uen-shan were among the Hong Kong players who finished second in the girls' team category. They lost to India in the final. This valuable experience may help them at the AYG.

Pansy, a fifth-former from Sacred Heart Canossian College, and Uen-shan, a fifth-former from Heep Yunn School, said they hope to enter the final in both events.

"I hope I will only meet Uen-shan at the very last stage in the singles event, preferably in the final," says Pansy. "I am looking forward to the face-off."

But getting to the final won't be easy. "There will be many good players in the draw," Pansy says.

"One we have to watch out for is Rachel Arnold from Malaysia. She is a talented player who has made rapid progress in the past few months. I think she will be a real threat."

The boys' team includes two full-time players, Alvin and Alex. The duo started full-day practice at the Hong Kong Sports Institute around two years ago. They will join Chris, 17, a Form Five student at La Salle College, in the team event. Alvin and Chris will also compete in the singles.

However, among the three, only Chris has experience of playing for Hong Kong in a team tournament. He took part in the Asian Junior Squash Team Championship in Seoul. The Games are the perfect opportunity for Alvin and Alex to prove that they should be given a chance to compete in future team tournaments.

Alex, 17, will only play in team matches at the AYG. He will try to be his normal self on court. "It would be great if I can make a breakthrough and help the team march on," he says.

Chris says Malaysia and India are their toughest opponents. "Pakistan could also be a 'dark horse' at the Games," he says.

Before the AYG, the girls will attend the World Junior Individual and Team Championships from July 16 to 27 in Wroclaw, Poland, while the boys will stay in town for final preparations.

The squash individual event runs from August 17 to 19, followed by the team event from August 20 to 23.

For more details, visit www.nanjing2013.org


Also, see Kevin's previews of Hong Kong's other representatives to the 2013 Asian Youth Games:

- Athletics
- Badminton
- Fencing
- Football
- Girls' rugby
- Golf
- Handball
- Judo
- Rugby
- Swimming
- Table tennis
- Tennis

Tag: 

Comments

To post comments please
register or