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June
Water Safety Campaign launched

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The 2003 Water Safety Campaign, jointly organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Hong Kong Life Saving Society, was launched at the Kowloon Park Swimming Pool today (June 21).

Speaking at the ceremony, Assistant Director of Leisure and Cultural Services Mrs Loran Mao said the department and the Life Saving Society were actively promoting water safety awareness. She said swimming was one of the most popular sports in Hong Kong. More than 19 million people used the department's beaches and public pools last year.

"The Water Safety Campaign includes a Poster Design Competition and a Slogan Competition," Mrs Mao said. "This year's theme is to urge parents not to take too many children swimming at one time."

Children are especially vulnerable to accidents when they are not supervised by adults, she said.

To improve lifeguard services in accordance with the more demanding qualifications recently introduced by the Life Saving Society, the Training Section of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department provides courses that allow lifeguards to upgrade their skills.

All lifeguards employed by the department have now obtained the new lifeguard qualifications.

Mrs Mao urged everyone to take swimming classes, and young people in particular to take lifesaving classes.

Today's ceremony featured the awards presentation for the Water Safety Poster Design Competition and a demonstration by the Hong Kong Life Saving Team. The winning entries in the Water Safety Slogan and Poster Design Competitions were on display in the foyer of the swimming pool, as was a selection of lifesaving equipment. A number of game stalls was also set up.

Also officiating at the ceremony were the President of the Hong Kong Life Saving Society, Mr Steve Lau Hon-wah, and Vice-president Mr Wong Hok-yiu.

End/Saturday, June 21, 2003

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