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SO Wa Wai
Sport Para athletics
NPC Hong Kong, China   
GenderMen
Age37
Place of BirthGuangzhou, CHN
Height1.78 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Classification
T36
Further Personal Information
Residence
Hong Kong, China
Languages
Cantonese, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics at age 10.
Why this sport?
A coach began training him because he had always shown an interest in the sport. He enjoys the sensation of speed during competition.
General Interest
Nicknames
William, Wizard Boy (vjmedia.com.hk, 11 Sep 2014; hk-magazine.com, 16 Jan 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Each of the 12 medals he won at the Paralympic Games between 1996 and 2012. (Athlete, 15 Apr 2013)
Most influential person in career
His coach. (Athlete, 15 Apr 2013)
Injuries
A knee injury affected his performance at the 2010 Asian Para Games in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China. (chinanews.com, 15 Dec 2010)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Hong Kong, China at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (2008.qq.com, 06 Sep 2008)

He was named the 1999 Outstanding Junior Athlete of the Year by the Hong Kong Sports Institute [HKSI]. (hksi.org.hk, 2014)
Impairment
He was born with jaundice, which affected his hearing and the balance of his limbs. (vjmedia.com.hk, 11 Sep 2014; Athlete, 15 Apr 2013)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He retired in 2016 due to a back injury. (dotdotnews.com, 13 Mar 2017; sportsroad.hk, 11 Jan 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 1996 4 x 100m Relay T34-37 50.46
1 2000 100m T36 12.58
1 2000 200m T36 25.62
3 2000 4 x 100m Relay T38 49.49
3 2000 4 x 400m Relay T38 4:09.60
1 2000 400m T36 57.58
2 2004 100m T36 12.51 
1 2004 200m T36 25.15 
2 2004 400m T36 57.52 
3 2008 100m T36 12.38
6 2008 400m T36 58.44
1 2008 200m T36 24.65
4 2012 100m T36 12.28
2 2012 200m T36 24.77
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 1998 100m T36 12.66
1 1998 200m T36 26.14
1 1998 4 x 100m Relay T35-38 49.23
1 2002 100m T36 12.30
1 2002 200m T36 25.04
2 2002 4 x 100m Relay T35-38 49.32
1 2006 100m T36 12.22
1 2006 200m T36 25.09
1 2011 100m T36 12.17
2 2011 200m T36 24.71
4 2013 100m T36 12.58
3 2013 200m T36 25.20
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014 100m T36 13.67
6 2014 200m T36 29.05
4 2014 400m T36 1:12.94