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					                                      香港精神大使
                                     Hong Kong Spirit

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                      2011 Hong Kong Spirit Ambassadors Appointed
            to Encourage and Inspire Hong Kong People by Their Touching Stories

(28 September 2011) Today saw the appointment of six distinguished persons as 2011 Hong
Kong Spirit Ambassadors. They have all strove to overcome the hurdles in life and realise
the impossible by exemplifying the Hong Kong Spirit. As the newly appointed Ambassadors,
they have committed to share their inspiring stories with others in the coming year to help
sustain and promote the Hong Kong spirit.

The six Hong Kong Spirit Ambassadors are HUNG Chung Yam, a district director of an
insurance company and a former Hong Kong chief cyclist; Derek KO Chi Kin, the founder of an
adventure training academy and a former Hong Kong representative of Paralympic Games;
Leslie SANTOS, the founder of a soccer training school and a famous soccer player; Kenny SO
Wai Kin, a registered social worker and lyricist; Legward WONG, a young entrepreneur of a
social enterprise; Jamie WONG Wan Yiu, a member of Hong Kong Cycling Team (Their
biographical notes are attached).

Sharing his experience of organising the Hong Kong Spirit Program at the appointment
ceremony, Convenor of the Program Ming Wai Lau said, “Despite skepticism from some
quarters when we first launched this program two years ago, I am convinced that the Hong
Kong Spirit exists in every corner of our community. My belief has been reinforced through
my contacts with people from different backgrounds over the past two years. They have all
demonstrated persistence and perseverance in pursuing their goals, even when faced with
hardship and difficulties. To me, they are the role models who inspire all of us at the
Organising Committee to keep promoting the Hong Kong Spirit to the community at large.”

Chairman of the Program Sir Yang Ti Liang said, “It is never easy to quantify the achievements
of the Hong Kong Spirit Program and its impact cannot be assessed in the short term.
However, we believe we have brought home the message to the younger generations. For
sure, the Hong Kong Spirit will become a driving force to make Hong Kong a better place.”

In the coming year, the Ambassadors will share their inspiring stories through their talks and
sharing sessions at schools and districts. This will tie in with the production of their videos
and a new book which will be distributed to schools and communities. Their biographies,
videos and other background information can also be found at the website of Hong Kong
Spirit www.hkspirit.org.

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                                      香港精神大使
                                     Hong Kong Spirit


Moving forward, the Organising Committee has decided to launch a brand new “Hong Kong
Spirit Students Ambassadors” Program this year in parallel with the “Hong Kong Spirit
Ambassadors” Program.

The student program is a response to suggestions made by school principals and teachers,
who hope to identify and commend students whose lives exemplify the Hong Kong Spirit.
These student ambassadors will help promote Hong Kong Spirit among their peers at schools.

“Hong Kong Spirit Students Ambassadors” Program

 Nominator            Principals or Teachers of Secondary Schools
 No. of Nominations   One or Two Students from Each School
 Nominee’s Classes    Grades 4 to 7 of Secondary Schools
 Deadline             5pm, 21 October 2011 (Friday)

(For details of the “Hong Kong Spirit Students Ambassadors” Program, please refer to the
nomination form)


About “Hong Kong Spirit” Program

The Program was established in 2010, with the objectives of bringing the best out of Hong
Kong and its people and ensuring that our Hong Kong Spirit will prevail. The Program has
received overwhelming responses from the public, as evidenced by the large number of
nominations received.

The nominees were shortlisted by a judging panel after a first-round selection conducted by
Deloitte, the Program’s Honorary Selection Consultant. The judging panel members included
Barbara Chan, Chairperson of Parenting Forum; Choi Yuen Wan, Honorary General Secretary
of Breakthrough; Ann So, Vice Chairman of Kwun Tong Federation of Parents-Teachers
Association; Anna Wu Lai Fong, Assistant Divisional Officer, Hong Kong Fire Services
Department; Anthony Wu, Chairman of the Bauhinia Foundation Research Centre and
Alison Yu Chui Yee, a wheelchair fencing athlete.

                                           -- Ends --

For media enquiries, please contact the Organising Committee at Tel : 2527 9233.
                                     香港精神大使
                                    Hong Kong Spirit


                          2011 Hong Kong Spirit Ambassadors


HUNG Chung Yam (洪松蔭)
District Director of Insurance Company; Former Hong Kong Chief Cyclist
Abandoned by his father during his childhood, Hung began to work part-time and earn his
own living at early secondary school days. Badly struck by the death of his classmate and
cycling buddy in a car accident, Hung had never given up his goal of becoming a cyclist.
With his strong determination to succeed, he worked even harder in cycling and finally
became a member of the Hong Kong Team with awards in many world class events. Hung
joined the insurance industry after his claim for a motorcycle accident. While developing his
career in the insurance industry, Hung remains a committed amateur cyclist and strives to
promote the cycling sports in Hong Kong. His story truly exemplifies the Hong Kong Spirit ---
never quit and never falter.


KO Chi Kin, Derek (高誌樫)
Founder of Adventure Training Academy; Former Hong Kong Representative of Paralympic
Games
Ko lost his right arm in an accident when he was 12. Yet, with great determination, he
overcame many physical challenges and devoted himself to sports activities like swimming,
life saving, climbing and canoeing, etc. Representing Hong Kong on numerous occasions
between 1977 and 1984, Ko attained brilliant results in the Paralympic Games and the Far
East and South Pacific Games for the Disabled. His remarkable performance in sports and
perseverant attitude earned him the Outstanding Disabled Persons Award 2002 as well as the
Top 10 Regeneration Warrior Award in 2006. Ko established a training academy in 2003,
assisting people to overcome obstacles brought about by mental or physical disabilities and
raising their adversity quotient through adventure trainings. His extraordinary experience
would certainly inspire many others in many ways.


SANTOS Leslie (山度士)
Founder of Soccer Training School; Famous Soccer Player
A famous soccer player in the 80s and 90s, Santos was the winner of the Hong Kong Top
Footballers Awards in 1989-90 and 1990-91. He also won the Hong Kong Sports Stars Awards
consecutively from 1989 to 1991. Santos established a soccer training school after
retirement, dedicating himself to soccer training for young people and community charity
activities. He also hired many retired soccer players as coaches, offering them a chance to
contribute to the society by nurturing aspiring soccer players. His work and success have
proved that soccer players can still have a bright future after retirement.
                                     香港精神大使
                                    Hong Kong Spirit


                          2011 Hong Kong Spirit Ambassadors


SO Wai Kin, Kenny (蘇偉健)
Registered Social Worker; Lyricist
As a result of a medical accident, So has been suffering from cerebral palsy since his birth.
Even with this handicap, he studied at ordinary schools from kindergarten all the way to
university and the amount of efforts that he put in was much greater than anyone could have
expected. Despite these difficulties and obstacles, So overcame them all. He is now a
registered social worker and a song lyrics writer (pen name ‘qiáo xīng’ “喬星”), who has
written more than 30 song lyrics. Through his personal experiences, So has been advocating
equality for the disabled. He was awarded the Top 10 Regeneration Warrior 2010 and the
Young Leaders award in 2011.


WONG Legward (黃卓健)
Young Entrepreneur of Social Enterprise
Wong worked as a prosthetist-orthotist in Sweden before his return to Hong Kong six years
ago. Realising that the quality of private elderly homes in Hong Kong varied significantly,
Wong soon gave up his well-paid job and established a social enterprise - Home of the Elderly
- to look for suitable elderly homes for the aged so as to improve their living quality and
environment. A member of the post-80s, Wong holds high respect for the elderly; he has
leveraged his business acumen to contribute to the society. He is truly a role model for the
younger generation.


WONG Wan Yiu, Jamie (黃蘊瑤)
Member of Hong Kong Cycling Team
Wong, a cyclist, was brought up in a single-parent family. She was a member of the Hong
Kong Canoeing team but switched to the Hong Kong Cycling Team when in Form 3. In 2002,
she became a full-time athlete of the Hong Kong Cycling Team. In less than a year’s training
in cycling, she won a medal in the Asian Junior Cycling Championship. She was the first
Asian female cyclist awarded the gold medal in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in
Denmark in 2008. At the 2010 Asian Games, she was run over by two bicycles and suffered
a fractured rib during the point race. Despite severe pain, she insisted on completing the
race and finally received the silver medal. Her perseverance exemplified the essence of the
Hong Kong Spirit in front of the global audiences.

				
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