Gen.T honouree and Hong Kong swimmer Siobhan Bernadette Haughey has had a record-breaking week and became a national hero in the process. The Olympic swimmer, whose two silver medals from the Women's 100m and 200m freestyle races at Tokyo 2020 make her Hong Kong's first ever Olympic double medal winner, sat down with Tatler before her races to talk all about her training, surprising facts, life as a Eurasian female athlete from Hong Kong, and everything in between.
1. What was it like growing up in Hong Kong as a Eurasian in a local school?
I learnt to speak Cantonese since I was a baby, I watched the same TV shows and read the same Chinese books as my classmates, so I never saw myself as being "different" in a local school. Sometimes I did struggle with Chinese a little bit, or realised that my family doesn't follow certain Chinese traditions that my friends' families would, but for the most part, I think I was pretty similar to my friends in school.