Malaysian Dragon Boat Teams Return Home After Admirable Performance in Hong Kong

Blogged by @Lan
For Hong Kong Tourism Board

The three-day Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival, held at the Central Harbourfront, attracted over 4,500 athletes from 15 countries and regions.

Malaysian dragon boat teams, Pacific West Dragon Boat and Pink Challengers came home bearing honours from the 2018 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival race. 2006 Champions Pacific West Dragon Boat and breast cancer survivors’ team, Pink Challengers returned to Hong Kong’s spectacular Victoria Harbour this year to challenge teams from around the globe in a fierce competition of teamwork, speed and determination.

Malaysian team, Pacific West Dragon Boat celebrate winning 1st Runner Up in the International Boat Race Hong Kong with a victory dinner.

Pacific West Dragon Boat battled hard to place 1st Runner Up in the 2018 CCB (Asia) Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races, held on 22nd June 2018. Commenting on their success, team captain Lawrence Koh said, “It is such an honour to be back in Hong Kong again to compete with the world’s best dragon boat teams. Our team did extremely well and we are proud to be able to return home to Malaysia as winners. We look forward to participating in next year’s race and to finish in first place.”

Malaysian breast cancer survivors’ team Pink Challengers finished 2nd Runner Up in the Cancer Survivors Championship in Hong Kong.

Pink Challengers on the other hand finished 2nd Runner Up in the Cancer Survivors Championship.

Guests including Mr Edward Yau, Secretary for Commerce, Economic and Development of the HKSAR Government (Centre), Mr Joe Wong (first left), Commissioner for Tourism, Mr Anthony Lau (third left), Executive Director of the HKTB, Ms Alice Kwok (second left), Board member of the HKTB, Mr Jiang Xianzhou (third right), Chairman and Executive Director of China Construction Bank (Asia) gathered at the CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival.

“Being able to take part once more and finishing in the top three has allowed us to further our outreach in spreading the message that early detection and timely medical treatment can save life; and that there is life after breast cancer,” said team spokesperson Margaret Gabriel.

The participating teams dressed up in creative, eye-catching outfits to compete for the Best Costume Award in the “Elite Partners Fancy Dress Competition”, creating a joyous atmosphere

“It was thrilling to see so many cancer survivors enjoying life to the fullest, and it was just great to be a part of this experience,” Margaret added.

The new “QTSA x Black & White HK Style Milk Tea Trophy” race was held today, featuring teams from nine renowned Hong Kong-style diners (a.k.a. cha chaan teng). Complimentary milk tea was offered to visitors at the Carnival.

Organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and co-organised by the Hong Kong China Dragon Boat Association (HKCDBA), the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival successfully wrapped up on 24 June. The new “Greater Bay Area Trophy” race featured teams from nine cities in Guangdong Province, together with Hong Kong and Macao, competing for glory in Victoria Harbour.

Fourteen food trucks gathered at the venue, presenting signature delicacies to local residents and visitors.

The champion, first runner-up and second runner-up were the Shenzhen Rural Commercial Bank Dragon Boat Association, the Hong Kong West Dragon Sports Association, and the Guangdong Xinhui team, respectively. Mr Edward Yau, Secretary for Commerce, Economic and Development of the HKSAR Government, was invited to present the trophies to the winners.

A new element introduced in this year’s Carnival was an artificial beach set up at the Central Harbourfront, allowing members of the public to indulge in sunbathing in the heart of the city.


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