HKBU women’s rowing team performed outstandingly and recently won the champion title in the Women's Open Coxed Quadruple Sculls Race of the 2017 Harbour Regatta.
The winning team comprised Hung Wing-yan (Applied Biology, Year2) and Associate Degree Year 2 students Mak Yu-tim, Yeung Siu-wai, Law Wai-sum and Ng Hoi-ting.
Wing-yan, Vice-President of the HKBU Rowing Club, said that this was a valuable experience as they always receive training and take part in various competitions in Shing Mun River but never in Victoria Harbour. She said the team was excited to win the top title as they took part in the competition out of curiosity and a spirit of learning. The team deployed a higher level of skill and stamina to tackle the stronger wind and wave conditions when rowing in the sea. As the coastal racing channel is 600 metres long which is shorter than water rowing’s 2,000 metres, the competition was not too difficult for them.
The Harbour Regatta took place on 11 March after a lapse of over 60 years, and attracted a total of 200 participants from universities, secondary schools and major rowing clubs. Wing-yan said the club considered this competition a new race, therefore only senior members took part. After capturing experience, they will encourage new members to join in future races in order to gain more experience. The team is now preparing for the annual intercollegiate competition and aims to perform excellently again.