Paralympics Spotlight: Yu Chui Yee

As the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics finally get underway this summer, &ASIAN spotlights a few Asian athletes that might go under your radar. In this week’s issue, we highlight Yu Chui Yee, one of Hong Kong’s most decorated Paralympians.
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Paralympics Spotlight: Yu Chui Yee

Name: Yu Chui Yee

Date of Birth: 29/03/1984

Discipline: Wheelchair Fencing

Country: Hong Kong

Competition Dates: 25th - 29th August

Why she’s one to watch:

Yu Chui Yee comes to Tokyo as one of Hong Kong’s most decorated Paralympians of all time having strongly established her name in Wheelchair Fencing across four Paralympic Games, with this Games being her fifth.

The 37 year old attributes a lot of her success to her strong-will and her overwhelmingly positive outlook on life - she was only 11 when she was diagnosed with bone cancer and had to have a leg amputated, but for Yu, without those experiences drastically changing her life. She told Trans World Sport:  “I wouldn’t have become an athlete, and I wouldn’t have won all my gold medals.”


  • Yu has won 11 medals in 4 Paralympic Games (7 Gold, 3 Silver, 1 Bronze)
  • She won 4 Gold medals on her Paralympic debut at Athens 2004 at the age of 20, becoming the first athlete to do so in Category A fencing. It remains her most successful Games to date.
  • Yu Chui Yee is also a keen swimmer and a public radio host, a columnist on the official paralympic movement website, and co-founded the Fencing Sport Academy for young children and teenagers in Hong Kong with former coach Kang Zhao Zheng.

Catch Yu Chui Yee in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics this summer.