Physical Education student makes Hong Kong squash history
Joey Chan (Physical Education and Recreation Management, Year 1) won a silver medal in the squash World Games in Poland, the historic first medal ever won by a Hong Kong squash player.
Joey took part in the Games with the simple goal of becoming one of the top four players. In the end she not only achieved a historic result but also beat Malaysian champion Nicol David, who was bidding for her fourth World Games title. Joey was surprised and excited at beating Nicol, who is not only a top world player but also Joey’s idol. She never dreamed of beating Nicol, which she did to reach the final. She lost to France’s Camille Serme, the world’s number three player, and won the silver medal.
Joey said she has played Nicol twice this year and performed better each time. At first she lost all sets but then managed to win one or two. She realised that the skills gap between them narrowed as she became familiar with Nicol’s style and tactics. She also took focused training which improved her performance a great deal. During the World Games she managed to stay calm and just focused on reaching each of her goals regardless of how many points she gained or lost. The outcome of all her hard work and training was the excellent result.
Since the World Games is always followed by an off season for competition, Joey will attend to her training and also her studies, including course registration. She was particularly grateful for the support she received from the Department of Physical Education which enabled her to strike a good balance between training, competition and study.