When you are born with jaundice, which affects your body balance, it is unlikely that you will walk properly. But So Wa-wai, whowas born with the condition, not only walked – he went on to become a Paralympic runner. With a time of 12.15 seconds, he is currently the men’s world record holder for 100 metres (in the cerebral palsy category) and has won 11 medals across four Paralympic Games. Many deem him Hong Kong’s miracle athlete.
How did you get involved with sports?
As a kid, I loved to run around. I liked taking part in school athletics’ meets and my performance at one caught the attention of athletics coach Poon Kin-lui. I was in Primary Five at the time
and the coach asked if I wanted to train with him. My mother warned me that trainingwould be tough, but I didn’t believe her. Looking back, I was naive not to. I thought training would be
relaxing and a time for fun. How wrong I was, though of course I enjoy it.
What has been your most memorable sporting moment?