更上一層樓 - 蔡華傑
Swim to Excel – CHOI Wa Kit
 
年紀輕輕的蔡華傑被喻爲泳隊的新力軍,2009年才加入泳隊的他,經過短短4年便獲挑選進入精英隊,可見他絕非等閒之輩。華傑口中「好嚴厲」的教練更稱讚他是一個非常有潛質的泳手,讚揚他訓練時十分投入及認真。正所謂「嚴師出高徒」,正正是這份「嚴厲」的鍛煉,引領著他逐漸游向世界的舞台。
 
嚴師不僅出高徒,亦會出「嚴徒」,嶄露頭角的華傑一直對自己有很高的要求,並不斷訂立目標來鞭策自己。現時100米蛙泳世界排名前十位的華傑,希望自己能夠力爭上游,達到世界排名的前五名位置:「我會谷自己,但唔會逼得自己太緊。」年紀輕輕的他已懂得自我調節,在動力與壓力間取得平衡,不至於被成績所牽動,實屬難得。
 
游泳使華傑感到最開心的莫過於能夠四出參賽。升上精英隊後,第一次隨隊出賽是2013年的英國國際殘疾人游泳錦標賽,由於不習慣場邊有大量觀眾,華傑坦言當時特別緊張,但專注的他並沒有因此而影響比賽表現,更勇奪100米蛙泳16歲以下組別冠軍,一鳴驚人。他笑稱站在頒獎台上比下水比賽更加緊張,會「腳震震」卻「好滿足」。
 
在2014年舉行的瓜亞基爾殘疾人游泳公開賽中,華傑與隊友更創出佳績,打破了4x100米自由泳接力、4x100米混合泳接力及4x50米混合泳接力三項世界紀錄,充分體現了他與團隊間的合作精神。能有如此默契非一日之功,華傑透露日常與隊友相處融洽亦關係密切,有時候還會互相捉弄對方呢!當然,每當遇上考驗時他們也會互相鼓勵,簡單的一句「比心機」或「加油」已蘊含著無限的支持。隊友中雖不乏強手,但華傑卻從不視他們為競爭對手,而是一個目標、一股互相支撐的動力。
 
於精英隊中剛起步的華傑,將來或會面對更多難關,包括需要兼顧游泳和生活上的各種挑戰。面對未知的將來,他誓會以微笑及信心來迎接,相信自己能更上一層樓,爭取更多出賽機會,脫「泳」而出!


 
Now at his teenage, CHOI Wa Kit is a young and promising swimmer. Joining the swimming team since 2009, he has already been selected to the elite team after just 4 years. As his coach comments, Wa Kit is very devoted to training and is an excellent swimmer with great potential. His coach, despite demanding as Wa Kit portrays, leads him the way towards the international sporting arena with much guidance, trust and care.
 
Wa Kit has high self-expectation and he sets up challenging targets to go beyond himself. He currently ranks among the top 10 worldwide in 100M Breaststroke. Wa Kit strives to be better, aiming to be in the world’s top five. With this high expectation at a young age, it is good that Wa Kit has learned to strike a balance between motivation and pressure. “I will put in my best effort! But I won’t push myself too hard”, he said.
 
Wa Kit is especially happy and excited to take part in local and overseas competitions. His first overseas competition was the 2013 British International Disability Swimming Championships. He was nervous at first to see a big crowd of spectators but he finally overcame his fear and concentrated in the competition. He won a gold medal for 100M Breaststroke in Multi-Disability 16 Years/Under Age. He was very delighted to receive the gold medal, though he expresses that he was more anxious to receive the award on the podium than swimming in the competition!
 
In the 2014 Guayaquil Open Para Swimming, Wa Kit and his teammates achieved outstanding results, setting a new world record in 4x100M Freestyle Relay, 4x100M Medley Relay and 4x50M Medley Relay. This achievement was the result of strong team spirit and unity. Wa Kit always maintains a close and harmonious relationship with his teammates. He looks at his teammates as personal goals rather than competitors, and always supporting each other whenever new challenges emerge.
 
Though Wa Kit is fresh in the elite team, he will soon encounter different challenges, which may arise from swimming and other aspects of life. In the near future, we believe that he will continue carrying a cheerful smile and moving on with confidence. He believes that he can surpass himself, to obtain more opportunities to take part in different competitions and to excel in swimming.