Chi Wai Lai



Job Title

Co-Founder | Wheelchair climbing coach


Ignite Community Services


Hong Kong


Cantonese and Mandarin, English


A survivor, wheelchair rock climber and motivational speaker, also known as the “King of Lion Rock” in Hong Kong, Lai became the first in Hong Kong to climb more than 250 metres of a skyscraper while strapped into a wheelchair as he pulled himself up for more than 10 hours to raise money for spinal cord patients.

Speaking Topics

  • Resilience and mental wellness

  • Conquering fear, managing emotions and embracing change

  • Dare to dream

  • Entrepreneur spirits and leadership

Expert Profile

The speaker was once the world’s No 8 Rock Climber, a 4-time winner of the Asian Rock Climbing Championship, and the world’s first Chinese winner of X-Game (extreme sports). At the age of 28, while reaching the climax of his life and enjoying the glory as the best climber in Asia, on the night of Dec 9, 2011, Lai met with a devastating car accident that rendered him paraplegic in the lower part of his body. Overnight, he lost almost everything he took pride in, plunging down from heaven to hell. Instead of wallowing in misery, he decided he would not allow adversity to stop him from pursuing his dream. On Dec 9, 2016, the 5th anniversary of his terrible accident, strapping himself to his wheelchair, relying on the strength of his upper body and his unbeatable determination and endurance, Lai strived to climb up the Lion Rock, a symbol of Hong Kong’s spirit – persistence, resilience and unity.