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Swimmers reminded to observe safety advice

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department is committed to promoting activities on water sports safety and increasing public awareness to prevent accidents.

Speaking today (June 25) at the launching ceremony of the Water Sports Safety Campaign 2005, the department's Assistant Director (Leisure Services), Mr Cheung Yiu-kong said swimming was one of the most popular sports in Hong Kong. "Last year, more than 22 million people visited the department's public swimming pools and bathing beaches. It is extremely important to promote public awareness of water sports safety with the ever-increasing number of swimmers," Mr Cheung said.

"Every year, the department and the Hong Kong Life Saving Society organise various activities to promote water sports safety including a Poster Design Competition and a Slogan Competition for primary and secondary schools."

This year, 372 students from 47 schools participated in the Poster Design Competition, while the Slogan Competition attracted 11,507 students from 176 schools.

The entries of this year's competitions were all very impressive, Mr Cheung said. The department has chosen the champion entry of the primary school section in the Slogan Competition, and the champion entry of the secondary school section in the Poster Design Competition as this year's campaign poster.

Mr Cheung encouraged people to enrol in swimming classes to improve their swimming skills and young people in particular to take life-saving classes. He also urged people to help keep public swimming pools clean and observe personal hygiene advice.

The Water Sports Safety Campaign 2005, jointly organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Hong Kong Life Saving Society, was launched at the Kowloon Park Arcade today. Winners of the Poster Design Competition were awarded at the ceremony and there was also an exhibition of winning entries in the two competitions. A life-saving equipment display and game stalls were set up at the foyer of Kowloon Park Swimming Pool.

Also officiating at the ceremony were the Hong Kong Life Saving Society's president Mr Steve Lau, vice-presidents Mr Wong Hok-yiu and Mr Wai Kam-chiu, and chairman Mr Anthony Chan.

Ends/Saturday, June 25, 2005

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