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October
LCSD encourages students to take up water sports
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The Chong Hing Water Sports Centre in Sai Kung was a splash hit today (October 30) as 800 students, parents and teachers tried their hands at various water sports at a carnival organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD).

A major event under the School Sports Programme funded by the department, the water sports carnival was aimed at stimulating primary and secondary school students' interest in water sports.

Participants rowed recreational canoes and colour boats, pottered around on pedal-driven boats and sampled the fun of windsurfing, canoeing and rowing in simulators.

Taking advantage of the scenic venue, the department also organised activities like orienteering, African drum, folk dance, a duathlon play-in and a duathlon invitation competition.

The highlight of the carnival was a canoe race between students who received canoe training under the School Sports Programme. Apart from canoeing, the programme also offers training courses in windsurfing and rowing.

Speaking at the carnival opening ceremony, the department's Chief Leisure Manager (Sports Development), Ms Alice Heung, said the progressive water sports training courses of the School Sports Programme were designed to lead to the elite training provided by national sports associations.

"Students with good potential will first advance to higher-level training under the Joint Schools Training Programme of the School Sports Programme, before they are recommended for elite training," Ms Heung said.

The water sports activities under the School Sports Programme have been well received since their introduction in 2001. A total of 788 demonstrations and training courses in canoeing, windsurfing and rowing have been arranged for more than 87,000 students. Interested schools may visit the LCSD website at http://www.lcsd.gov.hk or contact the department's School Sports Team at 26017602 for details.

Ends/Saturday, October 30, 2004
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