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Swiss private bank EFG has confirmed showjumper Vincent Capol and golfer Chloe Chan as the scholars of the 2018 EFG Young Athletes Foundation scholarship programme. The two 14-year-olds follow the footsteps of the pride of Hong Kong golf, Tiffany Chan, who has been supported by EFG since 2008, and in particular a beneficiary of the foundation from 2009 and 2014.
Capol and Chan are both elites of their chosen sport with a wealth of experience representing Hong Kong. Capol, who started riding when he was seven, secured a spot at the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games after winning his qualifying equestrian event in March. The German Swiss International School student considers German rider Christian Ahlmann as his international sporting hero, and Lei Lai-shan as his most admired local athlete for bringing to Hong Kong an Olympic gold medal, which is one of his biggest career goals.
“We are delighted to offer a scholarship to both Vincent and Chloe, who have shown all of us their immense potential and desire to succeed in their respective sports. The EFG Young Athletes’ Foundation is about nurturing upcoming local talents so they have every chance to reach their full potential, and hopefully represent Hong Kong one day. We received nearly 70 entries and interviewed 10 shortlisted finalists and while all of them demonstrated their passion and commitment, Vincent and Chloe were the standouts, and we are very much looking forward to working with them, supporting them as they look to achieve their dreams,” said Albert Chiu, Chief Executive, Asia Pacific, EFG, who is also a trustee of the EFG Young Athletes Foundation.
Upcoming junior golfer Chloe Chan (second from left) and rising show jumping star Vincent Capol (second from right) received their certificates from Albert Chiu, Chief Executive, Asia Pacific, EFG, and EFG Global Sport Ambassador (far left) and LPGA rookie Tiffany Chan