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Press Release

FROM : STANLEY RESIDENTS ASSN.

10th June 2002

142 Teams Compete in Stanley Dragon Boat Championships
The largest One-day Event of This Kind in the World

The annual Stanley Dragon Boat Races grow in size and reputation and keeps breaking new ground year after year and has gained international recognition. After 30 years of solid hard work, now comes the time of international class scale. Following last year's turn-out of the record high of 143 teams, we will be seeing 142 teams competing at Stanley Main Beach this year on 15th June, 2002 (Saturday ) at the Tuen Ng Festival. As in the last two decades, RTHK (Radio 3, AM 567) will again boardcast the event live and set up webcasting cameras at the site for the public to share the joy and exciting moments ( http://www.rthk.org.hk )

This year, the Organizer boldly renamed and upgraded the event to "championships" status. Soon afterwards it was realized that the IDBF had included the Stanley races in its annual calendar for international events.

The dragon boat is a jewel in the Chinese culture, drawing both Chinese and expatriate alike to its mantle. It boasts, according to Paddler Magazine, the second largest involvement base of any sport worldwide. For many years, the Stanley Residents Association has committed considerable resources for the grass-roots development of the dragon boat racing as a sport and has played an increasingly important role in its appeal by popularizing and promoting the culture of dragon boat races to all people in Hong Kong. Stanley has become the cradle in which many new dragon boating teams to cut their teeth in competition.

2002 sees a change in the race format. The organiser have set separate classes for which teams of different strengths may opt. This endeavour not only can encourage novices to take part, it also stimulate the elite teams and provides them with a consistently higher standard of competition than was possible in the past. And the elite Class A Men of expat and Chinese Teams will combine to race together for the first time in the Grand Finals of "Stanley Cup" Championships - the ending hightlights of the day.

In this decade, a tun-out of over 100 teams in Stanley has been a phenomenon. This year, the 142 teams(slightly amended comparing with the list as printed in the Race Programme) of 64 Expat Men's Teams, 59 Chinese Men's Teams and 19 Ladies Teams will compete in one single day again, thus making Stanley Dragon Boat Championships one of the world's largest events of its kind.

The colourful Race Programme has been sent separately by post. If it has not reach you, please inform the Secretariat or claim a complimentary copy at the Reception Table. Your paper/ magazine/ station is cordially invited to cover the Event

Other details:

  1. Event Date :2002/6/15 (Festival Day proper), Saturday
  2. Time: 08:00 – 18: 00 hr (Opening Ceremony at 13:30 with Mr Raymond H.C. Wong, JP, The Commissioner of Custom and Excise as our Chief Officiating Guest; Prize Presentation 18:00-18:30)
  3. Full Time Table available at our web site, with

    1st Round Races ) 0800 - 1145
    2nd Round 1430 (Opening at 1330)
    Ladies Plate and Cup Finals 1430 - 1500
    Men's Plate and Cup Finals ( Expat and Chinese Separate ) 1500 - 1700
    Ladies Cup Final (Race II) 1630
    Stanley Cup Grand Finals ( Expat and Chi Men Joint Championships)1700-1745

  4. Venue : Stanley Main Beach, HK
  5. Cameras & transmission equipment can be set at the Grand Stand, next to the stage, or official boats. .Please arrange with the Organizer in advance and wear the Press ID card .
  6. Enquires: Mr Alson Wong (Race Director) at 94854152 , Edwin Hou (Exe.Secretary) at 92083049, Ms Connie Cheng (Secretary) at 28130564; Fax:(852) 28135704

Official Website : http://www.dragonboat.org.hk
Email:
dragonboat@hongkong.com

  1. Special Event (a) Mini Concert ( Link Road Mini Carpark. ) Time 10:00 - 12:30, 1400: - 16:00. Performance by competitors and youth groups of Stanley Caritus ;

  2. Special Event (b) To further enhance the lively atmosphere and enjoyment, trophies for the “Most-Outstanding-Outfit Teams” will again be available. Contestants must parade at the beach in front of the Judge Table at lest once, before 2:30pm.

  3. Special Event (c) "Radio 3 Street Party" from 18:00 till late, with Peter King and Tom Bowsman, and RTHK sound system stretching along the sea front of Stanley Main Street

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Stanley Residents Association

PRESS RELEASE 21 June 2001

STANLEY DRAGONBOAT RACES 2001

Tuen Ng Festival falls on 25 June (Monday) this year. This year the Stanley Residents Association will celebrate its 32 year of Dragon Boat Races with the introduction of ten new dragon boats. These sleek, new vessels will add greatly to the continued success of the event. The number of entries this year is a record 143 teams.

The Organizers will set up an amateur radio station for the event to allow instant images to be sent out all over the world via Slow Scan TV. This is in addition to the RTHK webcast. Supporters of the event will be able to immediately feel for themselves the festive atmosphere characterized by cheering gongs and drums.

In conjunction with the Dragon Boat Races this year the organizers will hold a Festival Concert to be broadcast by RTHK in the Main Street Pedestrian Area from 1900 – 2400 hours. Before the concert proper from 1700 – 1900 amateur groups featuring an East-Meets-West Theme will be performing.

Popular local DJs, including “Uncle Ray” Cordeiro will broadcast live from the Street Concert. On 25 June, Radio 3 presenters will all be based at Stanley Main Beach to give live reports all the dragon boat action from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. ______________________________________________________________
Your paper/ magazine/ station is cordially invited to cover the Event with details as follows:

For information about the events please visit the Race website at www.dragonboat.org.hk

For details of RTHK’s broadcasts visit their website at www.rthk.org.hk

Event Date :25 June 2001 (Festival Day proper), Monday
Time: 08:00 to 18: 30 hr (Opening Ceremony at 13:30 with Mr YP Tsang Commissioner ny at 13:30 with Mr YP Tsang Commissioner Police as our Chief Officiating Gues
Venue : Stanley Main Beach, HK
Parking for the Press: not provided
Note: Extra Complimentary Copies of the Programme can be obtained at the Souvenir or Enquiry Booths. TV host tables, transmission equipment or cameras can be set at the Official Stand, or official boats with free rental service to be applied from the organiser in advance.Please wear Press ID card for using the aforesaid facilities and free shuttle to starter boat.
Enquires: Edwin Hou (Hon.Secretary) at 92083049, Connie Cheng (Exe. Secretary) at 28130564, Mr Alson Wong (Race Director) at 94854152;, Enquires: Edwin Hou (Hon.Secretary) at 92083049, Connie Cheng (Exe. Secretary) at 28130564, Mr Alson Wong (Race Director) at 94854152;,    Fax:(852) 28135704/ 281376


Last Year Info:


Press Release of  Radio Television Hong Kong 2000
(http://www.rthk.org.hk/press/english/20000601.htm)
http://www.rthk.org.hk/special/vwebcast/page_r3.htm (text & photos)

Date: 1 June, 2000

   RTHK Radio 3 Goes on "Video Webcasting Channel"
Blending Tradition with Technology in its Debut Webcast of Dragon Boat Races

Tuen Ng Festival falls on 6 June (Tuesday) this year. To tie in with this uniquely Oriental festive tradition, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) Radio 3 (English channel) is pioneering a blend of tradition with innovative technology by broadcasting the annual dragon boat races at Stanley Main Beach from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on that day via the "Video Webcasting Channel" installed on RTHK's Website. By bringing live scenes from the races to the Web pages, it is hoped that both Chinese and foreign Netizens will be able to immediately feel for themselves the festive atmosphere characterized by cheering gongs and drums.

According to Mr. Martin CLARKE, Head of RTHK Radio 3, over the past twenty years, the radio channel has been relaying live the spectacular scenes from the Tuen Ng Festival dragon boat races to give listeners a share of the distinctive atmosphere of the Festival. Radio 3 by launching the "Video Webcasting Channel" that blends sound and images will present for the first time the dragon boat races live on the Net. Netizens all over the world can share the spirit of this Chinese traditional festival across the boundaries via such innovative computer technology.

IOn 6 June, Radio 3 presenters will all be based at Stanley Main Beach to give live reports from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and later provide live coverage of all the dragon boat action from 1:15 pm to 6:00 pm.
"RTHK Radio 3 Webcasting Day - Live from the Dragon Boat Races in Stanley" will be presented on 6 June (Tuesday) from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm by Martin CLARKE, Andy CURTIS, Melanie HOMER and Phil WHELAN. The whole event will be broadcast live on RTHK Radio 3 (AM 567) and "RTHK on Internet Cyber Station" (http://www.rthk.org.hk/special/vwebcast/) synchronously.


Stanley Residents Assn

   PRESS RELEASE       30 May 2000     

STANLEY DRAGONBOAT RACES 2000

   The annual dragon-boat races in Stanley have gloriously forged ahead to its 31th year. In recent years the event has been very successful and can attract more than 100 teams to take part and become the largest single day event in the sport scene of dragon-boating in the world. This year, Stanley has a new record of 132 teams who comprises of 40 Chinese Men’s teams, 64* Expatriate Men’s teams and 28 Ladies teams. (*2 late foreign entries from N. America). Stanley also hold the record of the first district to have foreign participation, first to compile a race web site (www.angelfire.com/on/dragonboat) and has always been, and is still the biggest race and is most welcomed by foreigners in Hong Kong.
   On top of RTHK's live show (Radio 3 on AM567) in the last decade or so and the 1999 maneuver to include the live broadcast in her web-site (www.rthk.org.hk), world wide webcam will be set up this year for on-line global TV broadcast. Such innovation brings more glory for Hong Kong.
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Enclosed please find the colourful Race Programme and the list of Honourable Guests. Your paper/ magazine/ station is cordially invited to cover the Event with details as follows:

Event Date :2000/6/6 (Festival Day proper), Tuesday
Time: 08:00 – 18: 30 hr (Opening Ceremony at 13:30 with Mr NG Ching Kwok, JP, Commissioner      of Correctional Services as our Chief Officiating Guest;
Venue : Stanley Main Beach, HK
Parking for the Press: not provided
Note: Extra Complimentary Copies of the Programme can be obtained at the Souvenir or Enquiry Booths. TV host tables, transmission equipment or cameras can be set at the Official Stand, or official boats with free rental service to be applied from the organiser in advance.Please wear Press ID card for using the aforesaid facilities and free shuttle to starter boat.
Enquires: Edwin Hou (Exe.Secretary) at 92083049, Connie Cheng (Secretary) at 28130564, Mr Alson Wong (Chief Organizer) at 94854152;,    Fax:(852) 28135704
 
 

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1st round Expat Men Cup 08:00-10:00
1st round Ladies Cup 10:00-10:30
1st round Chinese Men Cup 10:45-12:00
2nd round Cup 12:00-13:30
1st round Plate14:00-16:30
Finals 16:40-17:45

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