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)
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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。
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？」
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