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Fong Lik Sun
By Lilian Goh
summer, because of a teenage television show, Mr. Alex Fong Lik Sun,
representative of the Hong Kong Swimming Team, began
to draw the public’s attention.
This summer, he
broke two Hong Kong swimming records at the Olympic Games.
media swamped his life.
Fong said that he is not proud of his fame, but he admitted that some have
told him he is big-headed.
I think they don’t understand me,” he said.
Mr. Fong always achieves good times in the pool, he denies that he is as
smart as people think.
“I do not really
think I am smart. Sometimes even when I have achieved a good time, I know
that I can swim faster in fact.”
teammate Janet Wu Ka Wing said Mr. Fong has not changed in spite of of his
have been friends for about 4 years,” said Miss Wu. “I don’t see any
difference in Alex. He is still the nice guy I’ve always known.
is a very diligent swimmer. He is demanding of himself,” she said.
Fong is not easily satisfied.
is still a big gap between other Asian swimmers and me,” he explained.
set my goal on Asian competitions. I hope to win medals for Hong Kong in
the Asian Games.”
Fong likes playing basketball and snooker apart from swimming.
to the harsh training schedule, Mr. Fong has little time to gather with
his friends. He has to spend at least 2 hours training every day.
won’t join them if they are staying out overnight. I never think
training is a sacrifice. It is worthwhile.”
competitions, Mr. Fong and his teammates encourage each other.
competition among them is very keen.
are other prominent athletes in Hong Kong,” he said. “Therefore,
competition for funding or scholarships among top athletes is especially
Fong is concerned about the development of sports in Hong Kong.
pointed out that the government provides too little support to local
of the reasons I accept interviews is that I want to promote local
sports,” he said. “I think this is my responsibility.”
also attends activities like those promoting Hong Kong’s bid for the
2006 Asian Games.
athlete is not regarded as a full time profession in Hong Kong,” he
said. “There is a lack of professional training and facilities.”
his view, parents in Hong Kong seldom encourage their children to take
the government implemented a system similar to that in the United States,
which balances studies and sports for athletes, more parents would let
their children develop a sports career.”
Fong said that he is fortunate to have very supportive parents.
mum keeps the house very cosy so I am very comfortable at home,” he
dad often drives me to the South China Athletic Association, where I
train, so as to save time. I am thankful to them.”
are regarded as lucky in the sense that when they retire, they can be
parents want their children to learn to swim.
parents consider employing retired runners to teach their children
running, for instance,” said Mr. Fong.
Mr. Fong, swimming is a practice rather than a game.
“In Hong Kong,
many journalists ask me how long I have ‘played’ swimming.
mainland, journalists would ask me how long I have been ‘trained’,”
He had high praise
for the sports culture in Australia during the Olympic Games.
they learn that you are an athlete, they show respect to you.”
he said that overseas training might help him develop his career better,
he does not regret staying in Hong Kong.
was born and brought up here,” said Mr. Fong. “It’s my home.”
stays here not because he wants to be an actor, as most people think.
do have some interest in acting; however, I want to concentrate on studies
and swimming at the moment,” he said.
Fong likes swimming because it gives him a sense of satisfaction.
you see that you are continually improving, you feel very contented,”
said Mr. Fong.
been to numerous
international tournaments, Mr. Fong has also learned how to handle stress.
helps me to be determined, self-disciplined and diligent,” he added.
said these were learnt from his swimming coach, Mr. Zhang Di Young.
Mr. Fong’s eyes, Mr. Zhang is not only his coach, but also a good
is very kind and seldom gets angry,” said Mr. Fong. “But he does
demand a bit more of me than the others.
cares a lot about me too. He always reminds me to get enough rest.”
the future, Mr. Fong hopes that he will keep on swimming at least till he
graduates from the university.
After retiring from sports, he might do business or set up a swimming association.