Welcome Home Celebration for the Paralympic Heros
Hong Kong Paralympic heroes returned home with a record medal haul of 19 medals, which put Hong Kong in 17th out of 136 countries and territories at the recently concluded Athens Paralympic Games.
A welcome home celebration reception, initiated by the Hong Kong Sports Institute (HKSI) staff, is held today (Thursday) in congratulating their outstanding achievements at the Games. Hong Kong scored a record high of 11 gold, seven silver and one bronze medals and was ranked first on the medals table of the wheelchair fencing event with eight gold, five silver and one bronze medals.
Mr Victor Hui, Chairman of the HKSI extends his heartfelt congratulation to the delegation. " I am so impressed with the outstanding performances of the Delegation and proud of our athletes who have to overcome a lot of hurdles to gain glory for Hong Kong. I would like to pay tribute to all the coaches and officials in support of the team. In the coming future, the HKSI will continue to provide a comprehensive range of support and services for the development of elite athletes of disabled sports," Mr Hui added.
The celebration reception begins with a warm welcome of Paralympic athletes by the Board of Directors and staff of the HKSI, followed by autograph ceremony and presentation of souvenir. Wheelchair fencers and table tennis players have been training at the HKSI for many years and all HKSI staff are very pleased to see the athletes returning home with such a remarkable result which is also the reward for all sports scientists, doctors, psychologists, nutritionists and administrators who have been playing a part during their preparation for the Paralympics.