Paraplegic Rock Climber LAI Chi Wai: There’s No Mountain Too High / 半癱攀山王將志不滅,沒有翻不過的高山——黎志偉

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On the night of 15th March, Student Development Services and Student Residence Office held the Wellness March talk series, “My Way in Life”.  A special guest rolled into our lecture hall in a wheelchair, but the unruffled look on his face hinted that, he is fighter. And his story is definitely one to remember.

LAI Chi Wai was an elite athlete specializing in rock climbing, he was given the name “Spiderman” and “King of the Bun Scrambling Competition”. Since he was young, he dreamt of being an athlete under the influence of LEE Lai Shan, Hong Kong’s first-ever Olympic gold medal winner. Dream was not just a dream for LAI, his determination and persistence enabled him to swift climb up the ladder to elite performance level. He conquered the field of rock climbing in Asia within 4 years after entering the field in 2000, and aimed towards a world-recognized ranking. He did not come back empty-handed from Europe, he ranked no.8 in the world after a series of competitions.

His future seemed very promising, but an accident took everything away. On 9th December in 2011, a motorcycle accident left him permanently paralyzed from the waist down. His wife at that time, was pregnant for 8 months. Immediately after the accident, LAI pulled himself together. He refused to just lay there and feel sorry for himself. His only target at that time, was to get out of bed and meet his wife and their new-born son at the entrance of the delivery room. His faith ruled him and sustained him through times of unbearable pain, and motivated him every morning in building up muscles of his upper body. After two months, almost recovering at a miraculous pace, he kept his own promise, and embraced his wife and son by the delivery room.

Even until today, LAI still loves sports. He enjoys life from another perspective, and hopes to inspire other people with his story. He did not give up his passion towards sports, and took up fencing, basketball, table tennis, etc. on wheelchairs. He noticed how limited were the sports choices for wheelchair disables, therefore he started working on wheelchair boxing, and at the same time actively organize activities for wheelchair disables. He was physical confined to wheelchair, but his soul was free, and he was living life to the full extent.

Last year, on the same day that the accident happened, LAI conquered the Lion Rock once again – together with his wheelchair. Behind the every step he made towards the mountaintop, he was supported by a bunch of friends, together they have written down another definition of the “Spirit of Lion Rock” – persistence, unity, and the willingness to help one and other.

A student who participated in the talk, CHUI Ka Lam (Year 4, Information Management) thought that the story of Lai Chi Wai is exceptionally inspiring to athletes, “As athletes, we often stumble on the course of achieving more. LAI Chi Wai carried through his persistence on the rock climbing field to that in life. Whenever we fail, it is easy to just walk away and give up, but if you can pick yourself up and brush yourself down, you are the true winner.” YIU Chun Hei (Jockey Club Academy Hall, Year 2, Social Work), who sat besides CHUI, agreed that LAI’s story is one to reflect on, “(Most of us) University students are perfectly healthy and we can do anything we want, yet we idle away the hours doing nothing, and at the end of the day complain about time being never enough. If LAI Chi Wai can achieve that much in such a short period of time, why can’t we make better use of our time and live life to the fullest?’

Despite being in face of adversity, LAI Chi Wai never flinches. He embraces life and is never strapped by the wheelchair. His story is one to remember; his unswerving determination is for one to learn from; and his attitude towards challenges is one for us to reflect on.

By:   LOCK Kar See (Jockey Club Academy Hall)
Images:   LOCK Kar See (Jockey Club Academy Hall), mings.mpweekly.com, www.stheadline.com

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三月十五日(星期三)晚上,香港城市大學學生發展處及學生宿舍處舉行了《My Way in Life》講座。演講廳裡迎來了一位熱愛生命,永不言敗的演講嘉賓。雖然一場意外奪去了他直立行走的能力,但悲劇卻未令他自憐自艾,他的腳步在人生路上依然鏗鏘。

當晚的演講嘉賓便是「蜘蛛俠」、「包山王」——黎志偉。黎志偉自小已懷揣成為職業運動員的夢想,少時便憑著過人的運動天賦以及從不懈怠的努力,築起了實現夢想的橋樑。2000年於攀石界出道的黎志偉,僅用4年時間便稱霸亞洲,勇奪多屆亞洲攀石錦標賽冠軍。其後更躋身攀石世界排名第八位,成為香港少數於世界排名佔一席位的運動員。翌年,黎志偉更成為首位奪得攀石X Game冠軍獎牌的華人,名震一時。但正值前途無可限量之時,黎志偉卻因一次交通意外,導致下半身癱瘓,永久失去行走的能力。由攀石場上身手矯捷如神的精英運動員,一下被拉到病床上,成為下身全無知覺的傷者,且康復遙遙無期,命運給了他一個措手不及的打擊。

黎志偉的故事卻未因此而畫上句號。車禍發生時,他的太太已有八個月身孕,他當時並沒有悲天憫人,而是重新振作,憑著「要在兩個月後親身到產房外見太太及兒子第一面」的信念,克服了一次又一次傷口帶來的痛楚,堅持每天清晨鍛鍊上半身肌肉。兩個月後,他以奇蹟般的康復進度,實現了意外後的第一個願望,其意志及毅力皆是不容小覷。

如今的黎志偉仍然熱愛運動,熱愛生活,他期望自己的故事能為別人帶來啟發,以生命影響生命。他接觸了輪椅運動,如劍擊、籃球、乒乓球等,因意識到輪椅人士的運動選擇有限,他創辦了輪椅拳擊總會,並積極拓展輪椅人士的活動,如以繩索及滑輪吊輪椅人士上高空,讓他們一嚐從高處俯瞰山林的滋味。去年,於意外發生的第五年,他實現了給自己定下的目標——帶輪椅攀爬獅子山。創舉背後,有他的一大班朋友支援,他們攜手並肩,以行動與黎志偉一同寫下獅子山精神的新一層定義——堅持、團結、互助。

城市大學學生徐家林(資訊管理學系四年級)也認為,黎志偉的故事對運動員來說非常勵志:「作為運動員,在運動場上亦會有失落的時候。而黎志偉不僅在運動場上,在生命的路上,也貫徹了堅毅,不放棄的精神。跌倒的時候,放棄很容易,能咬緊牙關站起來,才是最難能可貴的。」她身邊的姚俊熙(賽馬會群智堂 / 社會工作系二年級)也認為,黎志偉能在意外後如此短的時間內完成一連串目標,並積極參與社會,對大學生來說,是很值得反思的。「我們作為健全的人,每天卻只顧飲飲食食,然後抱怨時間不夠用,畢業時後發現自己一無所得。既然黎志偉能在如此短時間內完成那麼多,為什麼我們不能善用時間,活出生命的意義?」

失去了行走能力的黎志偉,卻比任何人都走得更遠,爬得更高,無懼命運的挑戰,不向現實低頭,無論是經歷人生的高山或低谷,他亦能泰然而處,憑著堅毅的信念,永不妥協的生活態度,活得精彩,活得無悔。

文:   駱嘉時 (賽馬會群智堂)
圖:   駱嘉時 (賽馬會群智堂)、mings.mpweekly.com、頭條PopNews

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