AISHK is extremely proud to have two alumni competing in the Tokyo Olympic Games! With the Olympics starting tomorrow, join us in rallying support and sharing some of the journey of these two extraordinary young athletes. Bill and Stephanie have trained tirelessly, defeated all odds, overcome global challenges and made history to represent Hong Kong SAR on the world stage!
AISHK Alumnus Bill Thorley | Marathon Swimmer
Join us in congratulating and following AISHK Alumnus, Bill Thorley on his Tokyo Olympics journey!
Qualifying for the Marathon Swim in Portugal in June, Bill has become one of only four Hong Kong swimmers to secure an individual event at the Olympics.
Bill is the youngest Olympian representing Hong Kong at the games and youngest in his race.
Attending AISHK for eight years from 2010 (Year 2) to the end of 2018 (Year 10). Bill’s father, Dr Ken Thorley was also the AISHK school head swimming coach for four years leading the school to multiple ISSFHK victories.
In order to qualify, Bill had to achieve in the top 9 (with only one swimmer per country allowed). Swimming 2 hours, 3 minutes and 11 seconds on a rough wind and current-affected course in 18 degree waters, Bill came 26th, one minute behind the winner to secure the Asian continental spot. Bill has qualified as fastest in the continental position (Asia), not including Japan, the host nation.
Under a month out from race day, Thursday 5 August, Bill has been in Montpellier, France preparing for this momentous event. After finishing an 87km week in Montpellier, Bill is moving on to Spain as the team start to ease into race day at the Olympics.
We have been following Bill’s journey and invite you to do the same. Show Bill some support directly by following his stories and posts on his official Instagram account: @bill.thorley
Our resounding congratulations go to Bill, from the entire AISHK community. His achievements, despite global obstacles, are truly to be celebrated. We will all be sending best wishes and cheering Bill on in the leadup to and on race day!
Stay tuned to AISHK publications and social media for more insights from Bill on his achievements and Olympic experience!
AISHK Alumna Stephanie Norton | Laser Radial Class Sailor
Congratulations to Hong Kong Sailor Stephanie Norton, who is currently in Japan preparing to compete in the Laser Radial Sailing race commencing this Sunday 25 July.
Stephanie is the first female single-handed dinghy sailor to secure a place to represent the SAR at the Olympics.
At 20 years of age, Stephanie qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games in sailing, after taking third place in the Laser Radial class at the Mussanah Open in Oman. She has also reached the Olympics via a competitive route following implementation of stricter qualifying rules, introduced the 1996 Games.
These are extraordinary achievements by Stephanie and, in addition credit should also be given to Head Coach Jamie Boag and the rest of the team at the Hong Kong Sports Institute.
Stephanie is an AISHK alumna, starting in Reception in 2005 and graduating in the Class of 2018.
Stephanie is recently quoted as saying was proud to become the first female single-handed dinghy sailor from Hong Kong to qualify for the Olympics, given most people in the city are not aware that women even sail.
On behalf of the AISHK school community, we proudly send warm congratulations and best wishes for her upcoming competition. We will certainly all be cheering Stephanie on in both the leadup to and on the day of this momentous event.
Stay tuned to AISHK publications and social media for more insights from Stephanie on her achievements and Olympic experience!
We have been following Stephanie’s journey and invite you to do the same. Show Stephanie some support directly by following her stories and posts on her official Instagram account: @snort0n
- Press Release from The Hong Kong Sailing Federation
- Video interview from RTHK
- Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: Stephanie Norton proud to be first Hong Kong woman to qualify in single-handed dinghy class
- Tokyo 2020: sailor Stephanie Norton makes history for Hong Kong with Olympic place but Games heartbreak for two teams
- Hong Kong’s Stephanie Norton sails into Olympics
Where to catch the Olympics in Hong Kong
If you are in Hong Kong, you can watch the Olympics for free through five local television stations: TVB, ViuTV, Hong Kong Open TV, Cable TV, and NowTV.
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