Baptiste wins the king of fencing among six elites

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Sharon Lee

Olympic fencing gold medalist Edgar Cheung Ka-long is among six athletes who have enrolled at Baptist University through its Talented Athlete Direct Admissions program.

The other five who join him in reading physical education and recreation management are rugby player Shanna Forrest, paddler Kwan Man-ho, swimmer Jimmy Kwok Chun-hei, wushu athlete Lau Chi- lung and athlete Shak Kam-ching.

The university said personalized support and flexible lesson arrangements will be provided to them to cope with training and competition schedules, including online tutorials and hybrid-mode lessons.

They will also get housing and scholarships based on need.

Free extensions of the duration of their studies will also be authorized.

All six were sold on the program’s offer of flexibility and freedom to balance academia with their sporting ambitions.

Cheung said his interest was piqued by athletes such as Olympic bronze medalist in cycling Sarah Lee Wai-sze, who reads creative and professional writing at Baptist University.

The 25-year-old had interrupted his studies in fourth secondary to focus on fencing.

His goal is to focus on upcoming competitions and an early ranking for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Kwok and Lau said they would be able to balance practice and study time with the flexible study arrangements.

The two, along with Kwan and Shak, are preparing for the Asian Games in Hangzhou next year.

Forrest is pushing to be selected for the Asia Rugby Seven Series.

University president Alexander Wai Ping-kong said the six were selected out of 12 who applied for the program this year.

The University Grants Committee has launched a program to support outstanding athletes who aspire to pursue dual-track career developments at the eight funded universities from 2022/23 to 2024/25.

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