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。
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。
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