Star biker Hera Leung Hoi-wah, 18, was honoured with an OJAA for her outstanding performance at the Asian Cycling Championships in Izu, Japan, in January. Hera won a gold medal in the point race (women’s junior track) while she, along with her teammates, won bronze in the team pursuit.
Hera said the weather in Japan was chilly and windy so it was very tough. “My previous training in Kunming (昆明), [China], with its thin air and mountainous terrain, helped me get used to the conditions in Japan,” she said.
Hera is now preparing for the upcoming DSE before becoming a full-time athlete. “I have a long way to go, but I am ready to take up the challenge,” she said. Hera is looking forward to the points race at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Who are your favourite athletes?
Cyclists Jamie Wong Wan-yiu and Sarah Lee Wai-sze. I look up to Wong as she treats every setback as a challenge, which motivates her to perform better. She usually shares her experiences with me to help me better prepare for my competitions. Lee is also a good mentor who gives me tips on improving my technique, such as the start.
What music do you listen to when you train?
Taylor Swift. Her album, 1989, is a masterpiece whose electro-pop and pop-rock songs energnise me and help me to ride faster.
If you could have any superpower for 24 hours, what would you choose and how would you use your power?
The ability to read people’s minds. Then I’ll be able to understand my coach’s instructions and perform better during training and competitions.
What food would you never give up?