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Applications invited for Southern District Sand Sculpture Competition

Aspiring sand sculptors are invited to test their skills in this year's Southern District sand sculpture competition.

Jointly organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) and the Southern District Recreation and Sports Association, the Southern District Sand Sculpture Competition cum Sand Sculpture Exchange Programme 2004 will be held at Shek O Beach from 1pm to 5pm on November 21.

An LCSD spokesman said that the competition was a great opportunity for sand sculptors to share their experiences with other participants, to enhance teamwork spirit and to foster close family ties.

"Also, the participants will have the chance to appreciate the skills of sand sculptors invited from Kagoshima, Japan," he said.

The sand sculpture competition will be divided into five divisions, namely family, corporate, open, students (including primary and secondary schools sections) and disabled divisions.

Each team should be made up of two to six members. In the disabled division, at least half of each team should be disabled members.

Based on the themes suggested by the organisers or deciding their own composition topics, participating teams have to complete their sand sculptures in an area of about three metres by four metres within two hours.

Spades and buckets will be provided. The participants can also bring along their own tools, but electrical and mechanical ones are not allowed. Ornaments such as shells and stones that will not harm the ecosystem can be used.

Adjudication of the compositions will be based on skill, creativity, aesthetics and whether they are relevant to the themes stated by the participants.

Four top prizes will be awarded to winners of each division. All teams will also vie for the overall championship.

Application forms are now available at LCSD's District Leisure Services Offices in 18 districts.

Completed application forms, together with an entry fee of $60, should be submitted on or before November 5 to the Southern District Leisure Services Office, 4/F Aberdeen Municipal Services Building, 203 Aberdeen Main Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong.

Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Enquiries can be made on 2555 1268.

Ends/Friday, October 8, 2004
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