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January 25
2013年1月25日

視成就他人心願為己願—
記一位城大校友

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去年12月16日,我與學生、校友、教職員組成的城大馬拉松團隊共82人,參加了台北的國際馬拉松賽,為城大組團參加境外比賽打響第一砲,既可推廣城大的形象,又可增強城大社團的凝聚力。將來,我希望我們的馬拉松選手也能夠在其他國家與地區舉辦的國際馬拉松賽上展露身手。

其實,同樣去台北跑馬拉松賽的,除了以城大團隊報名的82人之外,還有一位校友,名叫楊肇麟;只不過,他本人並沒有報名參賽,而是作為視障長跑手的義務領跑員,協助其中一位選手跑完比賽。比賽前一天,他與城大馬拉松團隊同日同機從香港抵達台北。

我認識肇麟源於2008年。當時,他代表運動代表隊(Sports Team Council)到校長室為城大運動代表隊刊物訪問我。2009年11月18日我家訪時去了他家。他家住在大埔富亨邨,他母親和他熱情地接待了我們一行人,至今記憶猶新。

2011年2月,他參加香港渣打馬拉松賽,並在10公里挑戰賽中奪得男子組全場及壯年組亞軍,我們曾合照留影。

肇麟2008年入讀應用社會科學系,畢業時獲得應用社會學榮譽社會科學學士。在學期間,他擔任城大越野長跑隊隊長及運動代表隊資深領袖(Sr Sports Team Council Member)。他除了在長跑方面表現卓越之外,更曾帶領當年的城大隊伍,連續數年贏取大專比賽的大滿貫殊榮。畢業後,他仍然繼續參與長跑運動,並且跑而優則導,工餘替香港盲人體育會擔任視障長跑者的義務領跑員,把成就他人的心願視為自己的快樂。

我知道,擔任領跑員絕對不容易,不僅要有一夥愛心、無私的奉獻精神,而且要有比視障長跑者更強的體力。平時,領跑員須與視障長跑者一起訓練,靠一條彩繩和口頭指示提醒對方,培養默契;長跑途中,領跑員要觀察跑手的身體狀況、路況、人流,決定何時加速、減速、轉彎、避開人群;何時在有水或食物的地方放慢腳步,取水或食物;何時可以衝刺奔向終點。

我在不同場合都說,我們作育英才的成功標誌,不僅限於為學生創造美好的事業前程,同時還在於培育他們遠大的志向、豁達的心胸。這既是我們教育者的心願,也是家長的期待。看到城大畢業生除了工作、運動之外,還在社會上參加有益社會的公益活動,幫助有需要人士,我感到非常的高興。

人飢己飢,人溺己溺。肇麟是我們的楷模!

 

Regarding others' wishes as one's own – the selfless dedication of a CityU alumnus

The CityU Marathon Delegation, composed of 82 students, alumni, staff and me, participated in the Taipei International Marathon on 16 December, 2012. It was the first time that CityU formed a team of this size to participate in an international marathon outside Hong Kong. This trip has helped to promote CityU's image and the cohesiveness of our community. I hope in the future our marathon runners will appear in more international marathon races in other countries or regions.

Running along with our 82-member team in Taipei this time was Yeung Shiu-lun, a CityU alumnus. He didn't participate as a runner, however; but ran as a volunteer guide runner whose duty was to help a blind participant complete his race. On the day before the marathon, he took the same flight as CityU Marathon Delegation and arrived at Taipei at the same time.

I met Shiu-lun in 2008 when he interviewed me in my office for a publication of the Sports Team Council. I have been paying regular visits to CityU students' families since I arrived in Hong Kong. On 18 November, 2009, I visited Shiu-lun's home in Fu Heng Estate, Tai Po. The warm hospitality he and his mother extended to me and other CityU members still remains fresh in my memory.

In February 2011 he took part in the Hong Kong Standard Chartered Marathon and won second place in the All Men's 10Km Challenge as well as in the senior's category. I remember we had a photo taken together.

Shiu-lun was enrolled in the Department of Applied Social Studies in 2008 and graduated with a BSocSc (Hons) in Applied Sociology. While studying at CityU, he was the leader of the CityU Cross-country Running Team and a Senior Sports Team Council member. As an excellent long-distance runner, he also led the CityU Running Team in winning all the competitions among institutions of higher learning in Hong Kong for several years. Since graduation, he has continued his long-distance running. And because of his excellent performance, he started to volunteer at the Hong Kong Blind Sportsmen Association as a guide runner for the blind runners. He regards it his own happiness to help others fulfill their wishes.

I understand that working as a guide runner is no easy job. A guide runner is required to have a loving heart and selfless dedication. What's more, a guide runner must have a stronger physique than the blind runner he guides. The guide runner and the blind runner have to train together, communicating with a color string and verbal instructions. During the race, the guide runner must take into consideration the physical condition of the blind runner, the road situation and the flow of people to decide when to speed up or slow down, when to make a turn and how to avoid the crowd. The guide runner also needs to tell the blind runner to slow down ahead of time in order to get water or food at the supply station, and to pick up the pace for the final dash toward the finish line.

I have said on different occasions the hall mark of our education success is not limited to improving the career prospects of our students. It also includes how we develop their minds and hearts. This is our wish as educators as well as the expectations of the parents. I'm extremely delighted that CityU has such an outstanding alumnus as Shiu-lun. In addition to his work and his hobby as a sportsman, he is also actively engaged in public welfare undertakings to help those in need.

Putting himself in the place of others and being always eager to help those in need, Shiu-lun is certainly our role model!

January 25, 2013

 

 

 

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