Sports offer a great way to exercise, meet friends and have fun. But for Wong Ka-chun and Kwok Ho-ting, sports helped them find direction in life.
Wong and Kwok are two of the six awardees in this year’s search for Ten Outstanding Young Persons by the Junior Chamber International Hong Kong.
According to Wong, sports made him realize the value of discipline and the importance of using one’s talent and time to help others, hk01.com reports.
When he was in secondary school, Wong could not bring himself to get interested in his studies. He spent most of time playing basketball instead.
But after he joined the school’s basketball team, upon the invitation of a teacher, his directionless life started to change.
Wong transferred to Islamic Kasim Tuet Memorial College in Chai Wan, where he studied hard and finally passed the exam to enter university. He became a teacher after graduation and later received a master’s degree in social work.
He returned to his old school, where he became a sports teacher and discipline master.
Wong said he had wasted too much time when he was young and now he wants to use as much time as he had wasted for the betterment of society.
He said he is dedicated to helping students of South Asian ethnicity. Hong Kong citizens should change their negative perception about South Asians and try to understand them more instead, Wong said.
Kwok, who used to be a professional cyclist, said he had been very upset because of the injuries he had sustained from the sport.
But he chose not to be beaten and focused his energy on improving his performance.
After relentless efforts, Wok finally realized the dream of every professional cycle: in 2011, he won the rainbow jersey, which is worn by the reigning world champion in the field of cycling.
In fact, he is only the second person in Hong Kong to be awarded the jersey of a world champion.
Kwok is now working in a software company. He spends most of his personal time giving speeches in schools to share his experience with young students.
In his speeches, he urges students to develop the athlete’s spirit of persistence, of never giving up.
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