Big thumbs up for Mak Cheuk-wing on winning an international title
Hong Kong is so desperate for a good news story and finally we have one in Mak Cheuk-wing.
Remember her name because she's a rising star in windsurfing and she's only 13!
Mak won an international youth-class race on Lake Garda in Italy, beating out favourites Mathilde Garandeau from France and Linoy Geva from Israel to clinch the Techno 293 junior girls U-15 class.
It is Hong Kong's first world title in the Techno class.
This competition is seen as a path to the Youth Olympics for windsurfing competitors under 17 years of age.
Mak started windsurfing at nine and was humble about her win, saying she owed it to her coaches, Cheng Hing-lun who coaches her in Hong Kong, and Cheng Kwok-fai, who led the Hong Kong team to Italy.
She also thanked her parents "for supporting me and allowing me to do a sport I love".
"I am very happy to win this title this time after I missed out at the European championships."
In the Techno 293 European championships in Poland, Mak finished second.
Coach Cheng Kwok-fai said, "She is very talented. She is able to pick up new skills very quickly."
We hope this paves the way for more Hong Kong kids and their parents to realize that academics are not the be all and end all -- that it's passion about something that will really propel you to success.
Congratulations to Mak and we'll be following her career, already well on her way to more competition and pride for Hong Kong.