AISHK Alumnus Bill Thorley Qualifies for Tokyo Olympics

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!

In case you missed it:
AISHK Alumna Stephanie Norton is also competing in the Tokyo Olympics in Laser Radial Sailing – race starts Sunday 25 July! Read more here.