CTU Health and Leisure Studies Student Lin Zi -Hui Wins The 2015 Presidential Education Award
英文編譯／應二甲 林嘉漩、張維哲 Instructor／Irene Lee Reviewer／Jeanne Riley
The Ministry of Education announced the Presidential Education Award winners list on May 14, 2015. Lin Zi-Hui from CTU’s own Department of Kinesiology (Health and Leisure Studies) received this honor. According to the Ministry of Education, there were 395 nominees who had been recommended by nationwide educational authorities of varied levels and public organizations.
Each winner must pass both first and second reviews from the reviewing panel, which consists of educational administrators, and then 51 committee reviewers conduct field interviewing before the final selection may be drafted.
A total of 56 students received this honor: 8 university students, 12 from the senior and vocational high school level, 18 from junior high and 18 from elementary respectively. The purpose of this award is not only to celebrate these students’ moral character and special talents, but also to inspire the students with increased motivation for learning, and also to provide motivation for emulating the positive deeds and attributes of their peers. Therefore, this kind of student award can create more positive elements in our society.
Lin Zi-Hui was born in Lun Bei Xiang Village, small rural township in Yunlin County. She has been confined to a wheelchair since she was 9 months old, due to a fever accidentally infected by the polio virus which left her unable to walk.
Lin Zi-Hui studied at Changhua Homei experimental high school; it is a school that actively promotes education for students with physical disabilities. She recalled while she was in the third grade, she had to rely on exercise to relieve stress from the pressure of schoolwork. “It’s also a good way to manage weight”, she added. She did not expect that one day; she could become the national champion in less than 3 months!
Lin Zi-Hui won the gold medal in the category of 79 kg weightlifting contest at the South Korea Incheon Asian Paralympics in 2014; this was her fifth time to participate in this event. She has also won 2 gold medals from both of the competitions in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, too. In conclusion, she has already received 4 gold and 1 silver medals so far, and is looking forward to the Rio De Janeiro Olympics in Brazil, 2016.
Since setting foot on the world stage, Lin Zi -Hui has made many friends through the competitions. She even found that she is, in fact, very happy since she had received so much help and support from others when she was little. "People tend to envy and focus on what they do not have; instead, they should make good use of what they’ve already got, and make it better”, she wisely informed us.
Lin Zi -Hui, who will turn 33 this year, decided to pick up the books 2 years ago and become a student of the Department of Kinesiology here at CTU. Although she was older than her peers by 10 years, she still felt fortunate to have the opportunity to go back to school, invest herself, and cultivate diverse interests rather than be considered a simple-minded athlete with plenty of muscle but no brains.