To Inspire. To Be Inspired. – 30 Stories on HKUST Faculty, Alumni and Students

Celebrated figure skater Chow Hiu-Yau has always been determined to pursue all her passions. But finding a balance between her athletic dream and her academic aspirations hasn’t always been easy. A quiet three-year old wobbles out onto the ice rink, her ice-skating boots a fraction too big for her small frame. She has been waiting for this day. For months she has watched her older sister twirl and swirl on the ice, dreaming of the chance to glide out 109 herself. She finds her balance and, a moment later, she’s hooked. Fast-forward ten years and, at just thirteen years old, Chow Hiu-Yau was on the Hong Kong Figure Skating Team. Her favorite hobby had become her life’s passion. Hiu-Yau quickly rose to her athletic potential, winning two bronze medals in figure skating for Hong Kong at the second National Youth Games, and also Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy in 2019. This cemented her as a rising star.