The Standard, Hong Kong
27th December 2023
Special-needs teen now sails through life
By Christine Tang
A 15-year-old boy who has special education needs has become more independent and gained in confidence since representing Hong Kong in a sailing world championship in Portugal.
Gabriel Leung Man-hong, a secondary four student with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, was one of four competing in the 2023 Hansa Class World and International Championships in Portimao, Portugal, between October 14 and 21.
Teaming up with volunteer Ng Ka-wa, the two finished the championships in 54th place out of 75 teams.
The 75 boats competed in windy and choppy conditions, with wind speeds hitting up to 21 nautical miles per hour, double those of Hong Kong's 10 nautical miles per hour for the most part.
Competitors had to fight for the best starting position and to finish eight races in the shortest distances and times.