Ho Yuen-kei (front row, first from right) earns a bronze medal in World Open Boccia.


何宛淇(前排右一)在世界硬地滾球公開賽中勇奪季軍。

Date: 04 Dec 2015 (Friday)

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HKBU athlete grabs bronze at World Open Boccia

浸大運動員勇奪世界硬地滾球賽銅牌

Ho Yuen-kei (China Studies, Year 2) won a bronze medal in the BC3 Individual event of the World Open Boccia held at Santiago de Cali, Colombia.
  
Yuen-kei did not expect to win an award in the competition, especially as the competitors in the round of 16 and quarter-finals were just as competent. With the encouragement and support from her coach and teammates, she demonstrated her tremendous talent. Accumulating confidence in each round of the competition, she eventually achieved her personal best and won a bronze medal.
 
Yuen-kei who suffers from spinal muscular atrophy has taken part in boccia since 2008 but has had the sports classification changed due to deterioration in her physical condition. She once wanted to give up the sport as she found it too challenging to adapt to the rules of the new classification and strike a balance between playing boccia and studying. After gaining advice and comfort from her coach, teammates, family members and schoolmates, she continued to participate in her favourite sport regardless of the performance result.
 
She is now devoting herself to training and preparing for the world competition to be held in March next year to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games
 

浸大學生何宛淇(中國研究二年級)在哥倫比亞卡利舉行的世界硬地滾球公開賽中,勇奪BC3個人賽季軍。
 
宛淇最初沒有期望獲得任何獎項,尤其在十六強及八強的賽事中,對手實力甚強,幸好獲得教練、隊友的支持及鼓勵,推動她發揮應有水準,並慢慢累積信心,終奪得個人賽最佳成績。
 
患上脊椎肌肉萎縮症的她,自2008年開始參加硬地滾球項目,期間因為健康問題需要轉換比賽組別,導致表現未如理想,加上難以兼顧學業,一度想放棄運動員生涯。在教練、隊友、家人及同學的勸勉及安慰下,她不再計較表現,再次全心投入喜歡的硬地滾球運動。
 
她未有因獲獎而鬆懈,現正積極備戰明年三月的世界賽,希望爭取好成績,以取得2016年傷殘奧運會的參賽資格。