Known for her unique dancing style, she has captivated countless audiences. Other than dancing, she also has a love for water sports! As a child, she lived in Sai Kung and frequently went kayaking with friends. Water sports did not gain widespread popularity until a few years ago, although they were always part of Fongfong’s childhood. What sparked her interest in water sports? And how does she feel about rekindling her childhood passion?

Fong Fong

25-year-old Fong Tsz Yan has 7 years of experience as a professional dancer. Known for her unique dancing style, she has captivated countless audiences. Other than dancing, she also has a love for water sports!

Her Strength - Fong Fong - Decathlon
Her Strength - Fong Fong - Decathlon

How did you become a dancer? Did you ever think about giving up in the process?

My school grades were average, so I didn’t continue my studies after secondary school. At that time I only had one goal in mind – to make a career out of dancing. I had a fairly smooth run. The most difficult part is at the beginning, before you become a full-time dancer, because work can be quite sporadic – you don’t know when your next performance will be. Meanwhile, you still have to pay for your studies, and there’s no guarantee that your hard work will pay off, which can be quite demoralising.

Although it was tough, my family supported me all the way and didn’t have many complaints about my unorthodox choice of career – instead, they were happy that I’d found something I enjoyed. To begin with, my mum was worried that I wouldn’t be able to earn enough, but as I became more successful, my family could see that I enjoyed what I was doing and stopped expressing their doubts.

At first, I couldn’t rely on dancing alone to support myself, so I had to find a part-time job. All the decisions I made revolved around dancing – when I encountered difficulties, I found a solution rather than giving up.

Her Strength - Fong Fong - Decathlon
Her Strength - Fong Fong - Decathlon
Her Strength - Fong Fong - Decathlon

What’s your ‘strength’

Refusal to accept defeat and give up easily. I’ve got the classic Aquarius traits – impulsive but persevering. Whether in my dance career or that thrilling trip to the small island, when I’ve set myself a goal I don’t stop until I’ve reached the destination. When you choose to do something different, there are bound to be people who express doubts or disapproval, and I always ignore what other people say. When you persevere, you will eventually discover that things which previously seemed impossible will gradually become within reach.

Her Strength - Fong Fong - Decathlon

Regardless of the sport you do, perseverance is the only route to success. 

Her Strength - Fong Fong - Decathlon
Her Strength - Fong Fong - Decathlon

What are your favourite Decathlon products? 

My favourite product is the inflatable kayak. It can be folded into a backpack so that you can take it with you wherever you go – perfect for adventurous types like me! It’s also very stable and doesn’t capsize easily, so it’s great for chilling out with a friend.

INFLATABLE STAND-UP PADDLE BOARD - Decathlon

INFLATABLE STAND-UP PADDLE BOARD

A stable and easy-to-handle generously sized inflatable Stand Up Paddle (SUP) 

ADJUSTABLE CARBON SHAFT - Decathlon

ADJUSTABLE CARBON SHAFT

Fibreglass and carbon fibre tube for an ideal compromise between flexibility and efficiency.

2-PERSON TOURING KAYAK - Decathlon

2-PERSON TOURING KAYAK

For beginners for solo or tandem touring for 2 to 3 hours in calm water

If dancing is Fongfong’s passion, then kayaking is her way to escape from the stress of everyday life and enjoy some time alone. Standup paddle boarding, on the other hand, helps her recharge the batteries and gather her thoughts for the next challenge. If you’re going through a difficult time, why not take a break and try something different? All water sports, whether kayaking, stand-up-paddleboarding or even swimming, are excellent ways to immerse yourself in nature. While they may not be able to solve all your problems, they can at least give you a moment to relax and look at things from a new perspective.