Physical Education student wins silver and bronze medals in international para-badminton competition
13 Jun 2017
Daniel Chan (Physical Education and Recreation Management, Year 1) won a silver and a bronze medal in the singles and doubles events respectively in the international para-badminton competition held in Thailand.
Daniel is studying at HKBU under the Elite Athletes Admission Scheme, launched last year to help selected athletes pursue degree programmes at the University. He said that para-badminton is only a semi-professional sport in Hong Kong, and he used to worry about having to work, study and train at the same time while under financial and time pressures. However despite this challenging environment, after one year Daniel has performed very well, not only continuing his studies but also increasing his training time, which has improved his skills significantly. Daniel is particularly pleased that his achievement demonstrates that his abilities are comparable to those of professional players around the globe.
Daniel thanked the support provided by the Department of Physical Education. The Department allowed him to have a flexible study plan, and delegated a teacher to provide him with useful advice, so he could strike a good balance between his studying and training commitments. Now he will devote himself to preparing for the Asian Games 2018 to be hosted by Indonesia. His goal is gain the top ranking in the para-badminton world.