Since first arriving at FCU, Ying-Xian Lu, a third year student in the Department of Fiber and Composite Materials, has participated in tug-of-war competitions of all shapes and sizes. In November of 2012, he participated on winning teams in three important tug-of-war tournaments – the 2012 National Games, the National Sports Cup, and the FCU tug-of-war championships – effectively winning a tug-of-war ‘triple crown’.
Lu deliberately chose to study at FCU as the school has a strong tug-of-war culture and tradition, allowing him to pursue his dreams of tug-of-war glory. For Lu, tug-of-war is more than a simple exercise, but a sport that encompasses strength, teamwork and strategy. Lu became interested in the sport only after a junior high school teacher encouraged him to try the sport and, importantly, asked him to take the sport seriously. Interestingly, Lu had not been an avid student before he began participating in tug-of-war competitions. The teacher saw in Lu a conscientious and hardworking individual with a powerful determination, qualities well-suited to the tug-of-war sport. More than that, though, he saw in Lu a youngster that needed a sport to help give him a little confidence and direction. The teacher’s instincts were accurate. Lu took up the sport, and excelled at it, gained confidence, felt a sense of accomplishment, his grades improved and, for the first time, he had a keen academic focus.
Tug-of-war became a passion that inspired Lu to dream, and dream big. More than that, because the sport requires unified cooperation, Lu learned about teamwork, too. When engaged in the competition, Lu says it does not matter if a teammate is a friend or classmate, when they work hard and give one hundred percent effort it is a source of inspiration. Lu, who has high hopes of one day becoming a professional coach, hopes that his experience and positive attitude can inspire younger teammates. FCU provides Lu, and his tug-of-war teammates, a training ground and equipment, financial resources and enthusiastic support. The FCU’s tug-of-war culture is famous beyond our campus, allowing all to see the unwavering determination of our students and fixed unity of our teams.