Hong Kong fencer Edgar Cheung and swimmer Siobhan Haughey have been chosen as the “Best of the Best Hong Kong Sports Stars” in recognition of their medal-winning performances at the Tokyo Olympics last year.
Cheung became only the second Hong Kong Olympic gold medallist after he won the men’s foil individual event, while Haughey won two silver medals in the women’s 100m and 200m freestyle races at the Games in July last year. She is the only athlete from the city to win more than one medal at the same Olympic Games.
A total of 10 athletes, including Cheung and Haughey, were awarded Hong Kong Sports Stars Awards for individuals at a ceremony on Wednesday. The awards were sponsored by Cathay Pacific.
“I do what I love every day in the swimming pool. I enjoy ample support and am truly glad that sports can bring the community together. I hope my actions will make me a role model for everyone and bring honour to our city,” said Haughey, according to a statement released after the ceremony.
Other prize recipients included two-time Olympic medallist, cyclist Lee Wai-sze; fencer Vivian Kong; table tennis players Doo Hoi-kem and Wong Chun-ting; Olympic karate bronze medallist Grace Lau, and her brother Lau Chi-ming, also a karate athlete; badminton player Chu Man-kai; and gymnast Shek Wai-hung.
Lee, who was awarded for the ninth consecutive year, said that she had no plans to retire yet. The cyclist also urged the city to provide more resources to the support staff at the Hong Kong Sports Institute.
“The government subsidises a lot, but a lot of time [the staff members] are undervalued, and a lot of physiotherapists and colleagues in the research and development department have left because the sports institute’s subsidies are not as high as wages outside,” Lee said. “[I] want to fight for them.”
Hong Kong’s Rugby Sevens Team took home the sports stars award for team-only sports, the ninth time the team has won since 2008.
Mixed badminton team Tang Chun-man and Tse Ying-suet; the boccia team who won a silver medal at the Tokyo Paralympics Leung Yuk-ying, Vivian Lau, and Wong Kwan-hang; and the Hong Kong table tennis women’s team Doo, Lee Ho-ching, and Minnie Soo, won the sports stars awards for team events.
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