Trainer falls to death

Local | Ellen He 18 Aug 2017

A personal trainer fell to his death from a Central building while trying to pick a location for photographing fitness instructors.

Bodybuilder Will Kong Wai, 25, who finished fourth in a Macau physique competition several days ago, was picking a spot for taking photos at around 9am when he climbed out of the 12th floor of the Li Dong Building on Li Yuen Street East when he fell, sources said.

Apparently he climbed over a one- meter- high railing to stand on a narrow ledge when he slipped and fell to the podium on the fourth floor. He was found in a pool of blood and unconscious. He was later certified dead at the scene.

Police said initial investigations suggested it was an accident and that there were no suspicious circumstances. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Reports said Kong was helping an Australian photographer when he suggested the best spot was on the 12th floor of the building. The photographer was to take promotional pictures of two other fitness instructors.

Kong was working as a freelance trainer at a gym on the second floor of the building. According to his personal website, he had four years' experience of personal training "at one of HK's top personal training gyms." He also wrote articles on strength, muscle gain and weight loss.

He has participated in several competitions, the latest being the Macau Global Classic Invitational Championship 2017 (Bodybuilding & Fitness), held on August 14-15.

He posted photos of the competition on his social platform the night before he died, saying: "I tried my best. I feel proud of myself."

Kong came second in the Mr Olympia Amateur Asia Hong Kong 2016 (Men's Physique) and sixth in the Hong Kong Body-building Invitation Championship 2017 (Men's Physique). He posted many photos on Instagram and Facebook in order to encourage others to work and gain a better shape.

After a competition in June, he wrote on his website: "Everything is a learning experience, it's a matter of not making the same mistakes again and finding the optimal way that works for you really looking forward and this is just the beginning."

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