M arco Fu was named one of the UK’s Ten Outstanding Chinese Young Persons at a ceremony in London earlier this month.

The category was part of the Big Ben Awards, run by the British Chinese Youth Federation, a charity and non-profit making organisation.

Hong Kong’s Fu became the first Chinese player to climb into the top eight of snooker’s official world rankings, thanks to his performances over the past two seasons. The 31-year-old won the Royal London Watches Grand Prix in 2007 and reached the final of the 2008 Maplin UK Championship.

He received a trophy and certificate from Lord Pentry and Alan Yau OBE at the ceremony at Le Méridien hotel in Piccadilly.

The objectives of the annual award are to give formal recognition to the Chinese young people who excel in professional endeavours and contribution to the British community; to promote prominent roles played by the aspiring Chinese young people in shaping a better future for British society; and to provide an incentive to all the promising Chinese young people who seek further advancement in personal achievement as well as in British public services.

The other nine recipients of the award, which were chosen through a combination of public voting and a judging panel, included fashion consultant Gok Wan, chef Ching-He Huang, violinist Vanessa-Mae Vanakorn Nicholson and writer Jo Ho.

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