Lings across the harbour

[Nov 2011 - The Journalist] Hong Kong swimming team member John Ling Tin-yu was crowned the champion of Hong Kong’s first cross-harbour swim in 33 years. While he beat 978 competitors by finishing 1.8 kilometers in a spectacular time of 20 minutes, 34.4 seconds, it will be even more surprising to know the father of this 18-year-old is also a journalist – Apple Daily photographer Marco Ling .

The proud dad said he had made no particular effort in nurturing John’s swimming skill, except to bring him to the swimming pool after seeing his talent and interest. “John started swimming at four or five. Kids either like playing football or swimming anyway,” said Mr Ling.

But that was not the only joy for the Ling family that day. Tin-long – John’s younger brother – was third runner-up in the team race across the harbour. The 13-year-old had spent his childhood swimming with his elder brother.

( all the gossip translated by Tanna Chong )