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Olympics gold medalist Cheng Fei visits HKBU to share experience and instruct student gymnasts

20 Mar 2014

Miss Cheng Fei performs a demonstration on the balance beam
Miss Cheng Fei performs a demonstration on the balance beam
Miss Cheng Fei (centre) and Miss Sarah Lee (left) share their experiences as athletes
Miss Cheng Fei (centre) and Miss Sarah Lee (left) share their experiences as athletes
Miss Cheng Fei (centre) and Miss Yu Chui-yee (right) share how they overcome difficulties
Miss Cheng Fei (centre) and Miss Yu Chui-yee (right) share how they overcome difficulties

The University has invited Miss Cheng Fei, former national gymnastics squad member, Olympics gold medalist and winner of the world championship in gymnastics, for a 10-day visit in mid-March. During her stay at the University, Miss Cheng participated in an activity entitled “Fly High by Miss Cheng Fei”, during which she shared her experience and the challenges she faced as an athlete. She also instructed Physical Education students practising gymnastics. 

At a sharing session attended by more than 200 HKBU students and staff as well as guests, Miss Cheng was joined by Miss Sarah Lee, Hong Kong cycling world champion and Olympics bronze medalist. Sharing their experience as athletes, they told the audience how they became professional athletes, how to overcome the loneliness of leaving home and the hardship of rigorous training, about the ups and downs of a sportsperson’s career and how to face stress. They also encouraged young people to dare to try to realise their dreams, to take responsibility for their own choices and to move forward bravely step by step. 

At another session held at the College of International Education, Miss Cheng was joined by Miss Yu Chui-yee, Hong Kong wheelchair fencing representative, Paralympics gold medalist and winner of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Hong Kong award, to share with students their experiences in overcoming difficulties. 

In addition, Miss Cheng conducted two gymnastics practicum sessions. She instructed students in warm-up, stretching exercises and basic gymnastics and performed a series of demonstrations, including one on the balance beam.  

The activity was organised by the Institute of Creativity, the Department of Physical Education and the College of International Education and supported by the Hung Hin Shiu Charitable Foundation. Please click here to view the photos.