Hong Kong Team advanced to Finals A in five events
Lee Ka Man & Lee Yuen Yin to fight for medals in Coastal Women’s Double Sculls
(Hong Kong, 2 Nov 2019) The 2019 World Rowing Coastal Championships presented by Dah Sing Bank (WRCC) continued to Day 2 of the Championships under the perfect weather at the Victoria Harbour today, Hong Kong Team rowers made it to Finals A in three out of four participating events, among the finalists are Lee Ka Man & Lee Yuen Yin (coastal women’s double sculls), Chiu Hin Chun, Hui Wing Ki, and Chan Tik Lun, Loo Ka Fu (coastal mixed double sculls), and Yuen Yum Lam, Wong Wai Chun, Chan Chi Fung, Lam San Tung & Lam On Ni (coastal men’s coxed quardruple sculls). For overseas rowers, Eduardo Linares Ruiz from Peru, who is the defending champion of the coastal men’s solo, as well as Dutch rowers Janneke van der Meulen and Mitchel Steenman, who compete in coastal mixed double sculls, all made it to Finals A tomorrow. 11 races will be held at the Victoria Harbour tomorrow, with the first race beginning at 8:35 in the morning. Seven gold medals will be decided on Sunday, and Hong Kong Team will be competing in five of the events.
The 2019 World Rowing Coastal Championships presented by Dah Sing Bank had received a positive response with about 460 local and overseas rowers from 28 countries and regions, including but not limited to Germany, Italy, France and Spain competing at the Victoria Harbour, among them are some elite rowers who had been crowned world champions before. The 2019 WRCC is first held in Asia since its inaugurated version back in 2007. The race course is set at the Victoria Harbour, stretching from the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) at Causeway Bay, to the Hong Kong Convention Centre and Central Pier No. 9 & 10. The course for all heats and classification races will be 4 km long, while the course for all medal races is 6 km.
On Day 2 of the championships, ten qualifying heats from four different events, and Final B of two events were held. Hong Kong’s Lee Ka Man and Lee Yuen Yin finished 3rd in Heat 2 of the coastal women’s double sculls with a time of 19:47.60, qualifying for tomorrow’s Finals A. “Today is windy and the waves are big, the current is a bit chaotic too, thus giving a stern challenge to the rowers’ performance and techniques. Although we did not finish first in the qualifying heat, hopefully we can perform better tomorrow and fight for medals,” said the siblings. Hong Kong will be competing in Finals A for five events in this World Championships, apart from Lee Ka Man & Lee Yuen Yin (coastal women’s double sculls), other finalists include Chiu Hin Chun & Chun Yuk Man (coastal men’s double sculls), Wong Sheung Yee, Leung King Wan, Leung Wing Wun, Hung Wing Yan, Winnie and Yse Yan Man, as well as Wong Lok Yiu, Choi Ying Lee, Poon O Yu, Cheung Hoi Lam and Chan Mei Ching (coastal women’s quad coxed sculls), Chiu Hin Chun, Hui Wing Ki, and Chan Tik Lun, Loo Ka Fu (coastal mixed double sculls), and Yuen Yum Lam, Wong Wai Chun, Chan Chi Fung, Lam San Tung & Lam On Ni (coastal men’s coxed quardruple sculls).
Of the overseas rowers, most defending champions made it through to Finals A, among them are Eduardo Linares Ruiz, who is defending champion of the coastal men’s Solo, Dutch rowers Janneke van der Meulen and Mitchel Steenman, who compete in coastal mixed double sculls, and Team Italy, who are the reigning champions in coastal men’s quad coxed sculls. Team Italy finished 1st in Heat 1 with a time of 15:18.99, “Hong Kong’s organizers are doing a great job, it is well organized, smooth and professional. It was a tough race today because of the waves, but we are glad to have tackled the problems and advanced to the Finals, hopefully we can retain the gold medal,” said Sfiligoi Piero.
The theme for The 2019 World Rowing Coastal Championships presented by Dah Sing Bank is “Let’s Row ‘n’ Rock”, the Organising Committee has organised the “World Champ Festival” at Central Harbourfront Event Space. The Medals Presentation Ceremony will be held at the World Champ Square locating in Central Harbourfront Event Space at 7:00pm tomorrow night, followed closely by a performance of local band sp’ACE, who will perform the theme song “Let’s Row ‘n’ Rock” for all participating rowers and guests.
Official broadcaster i-CABLE will broadcast the races LIVE from 8:30am to 1:30pm, as well as from 2:25pm to 6:00pm tomorrow (3 November) via i-CABLE HD Sports 2 Channel (Channel 602), i-CABLE Sports 2 Channel (Channel 662) and i-CABLE mobile app. Meanwhile, all events’ start list, results, pictures and news stories will be shared on WRCC’s website, as well as the official website of The 2019 World Rowing Coastal Championships (www.wrcc2019.com).
The 2019 World Rowing Coastal Championships presented by Dah Sing Bank is recognised as an “M” Mark event, and that helps promote Hong Kong’s image as Asia’s sports hub. The “M” Mark awarded by the Major Sports Events Committee, symbolising intense, spectacular and signature event in the territory sports calendar. Presented by Dah Sing Bank, the event is also supported by the RHKYC as the Venue & Delivery Partner and Lead-up & Legacy Partner, as well as The Tung Foundation as education programme sponsor. Other supporting partners include “Star” Ferry, the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and the WWF.
Hong Kong’s Lee Ka Man & Lee Yuen Yin advance to Finals A of the coastal women’s double sculls.
Defending champion Eduardo Linares Ruiz made it to Finals A of the coastal men’s solo.
Hong Kong’s Chiu Hin Chun & Hui Wing Ki performed well in coastal Mixed double sculls.
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About The World Rowing Federation (FISA)
The World Rowing Federation, FISA (from the French, Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron) is the governing body of the sport of rowing. It is empowered by its 155 member National Rowing Federations, the National Olympic Committees and the International Olympic Committee to govern the sport of rowing.
FISA sets the rules and regulations for the practice of the sport, in all its forms including elite, para-rowing, coastal, masters and aspects of indoor rowing. FISA oversees sanctioned World Rowing events and provides advice and expertise for the organisation of rowing regattas. The Federation also works on coaching education and other matters relating to the sport and its development.
About Hong Kong China Rowing Association (HKCRA)
The Hong Kong China Rowing Association (HKCRA) was established in 1978 and is the governing body for the sport of rowing in Hong Kong. It is affiliated to the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, and to the Asian Rowing Federation (ARF) and World Rowing Federation (FISA).
The HKCRA operates two rowing centres adjoining the Shing Mun River in Sha Tin. They are Sha Tin Rowing Centre and Jockey Club Shek Mun Rowing Centre, located at Fo Tan and at Shek Mun respectively. Most Hong Kong rowing clubs are based at these two Centres for regular training and competition. Sha Tin Rowing Centre also serves as the official headquarters and administrative offices of the Association.
The HKCRA has entitled and organised different types of promotion and development programmes and activities including Youth Development Programme, Para-rowing Programme, Indoor Rowing for Schools Programme and Coastal rowing activities, aiming to expand the sport of rowing at community level for different people with the ultimate goal to achieve rowing for all.
About Dah Sing Bank
Dah Sing Bank, Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dah Sing Banking Group (HKG:2356) which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Founded in Hong Kong over 70 years ago, Dah Sing Bank has been providing quality banking products and services to our customers with a vision to be “The Local Bank with a Personal Touch”. Over the years, the Bank has been rigorous in delivering on our brand promise to grow with our customers in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area and beyond – “Together We Progress and Prosper”. Building on our experience and solid foundation in the industry, the Bank’s scope of professional services now spans retail banking, private banking, business and commercial banking, with 45 branches operating throughout Hong Kong. Meanwhile, the Bank is also making significant investments in our digital banking capabilities to stay abreast with smart banking developments in Hong Kong and to support financial inclusion at large.
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About Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC)
The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club is one of the oldest and largest sports clubs in Hong Kong, with a rich, colourful history that spans 170 years of community and competitive sailing and rowing. The RHKYC provides training programmes for practitioners of all abilities and ages – both members and non-members – to nurture their development, produce elite athletes capable of competing at the highest levels, and contribute to the growth and popularity of these great pastimes. The Club also organises a full calendar of high-profile local and international race events, helping place Hong Kong firmly on the global sporting map.
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