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Water sports activities attract 70,000 students


The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) held a Water Sports Carnival today (October 18) for 1,700 students, parents and teachers at Chong Hing Water Sports Centre, Sai Kung.

The event, aimed at stimulating students' interest in a variety of water sports, was a major activity under the School Sports Programme (SSP) jointly organised by the LCSD and the Education and Manpower Bureau.

Participants tried their hands at recreation boats, pedal-driven boats and simulators for windsurfing, canoeing, rowing and dinghy sailing.

A kayak race and an indoor rowing competition added excitement to a fun-filled morning.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Carnival, the LCSD's Chief Leisure Manager (Community Sports), Mr Wells Ho, said: "About 1,000 water sports activities have been organised for primary and secondary school students under the SSP since January last year, attracting a total of 70,000 students.

"These activities included rowing, canoeing and windsurfing training courses, which have achieved encouraging results in nurturing young athletes during their school age.

"Four secondary school students who received training under the SSP have been selected to represent Hong Kong to compete in the 4th Junior Champion Kayak Racing in India early this month."

Mr Ho said that the LCSD would join hands with the Hong Kong, China Rowing Association, the Hong Kong Canoe Union and the Windsurfing Association of Hong Kong to provide more advanced water sports training courses for students with good potential.

Ends/Saturday, October 18, 2003.

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