Class of ’24 Oscar Yu Brings Home Silver for Hong Kong Taekwondo
Earlier this term, Oscar Yu (Class of 2024) returned from Mongolia, where he had been representing the Hong Kong junior team at the East Asian Youth Games. It is wonderful that Oscar was selected to represent Hong Kong in this U18 age group International tournament. Even more impressive, Oscar managed to do extremely well in his match ups, in the 63-73 kg category, and ended up placing second bringing home the silver medal for Hong Kong.
Oscar has been learning and practicing Taekwondo since he was about ten years old. He began doing it with friends, and although at one point he became more interested in football he just kept going as he enjoyed the challenge of taking on opponents and the battling, competitive nature of the sport! Nowadays, Oscar trains 4-5 times a week for between 2-4 hours at a time. It is hard work, but it pays off with successes, like his recent ones in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
When our High School Principal, Mr. Wing asked him about his most recent tournament success, Oscar said that he had to battle hard to overcome his opponent in the semi-finals with last second kicks in each round to score enough points to defeat his opponent from the Republic of Korea. It was a very exciting match, and Oscar described it as his best ever performance. When asked why he thinks he did so well in that match up, he said he “just kept going and never gave up”. He was determined to win and kept believing in himself. “Just one more kick to his torso and I’ve got this”… and he did!
“When I am focused on something like my opponent in a Taekwondo match, I am so in the zone that I can’t hear anything else; it is the same in school: when I am focused on something I do not get distracted by anything else around me.”
— Oscar Yu
Oscar says that he believes the training and work that he has to do for Taekwondo has contributed to his determination and focus when it comes to schoolwork too. He says “…when I am focused on something like my opponent when I am in a Taekwondo match, I am so in the zone that I can’t hear anything else; it is the same in school: when I am focused on something I do not get distracted by anything else around me”.
Mr. Wing had a wonderful time speaking with Oscar. We can all be proud of our fellow Eagle and his international sporting success, but we can also all learn from Oscar’s experience and the importance of hard work, determination, believing in oneself, not giving up and staying focused no matter what challenge you may face.