The Chairman of Organizing Committee
Mr. Alson K.C. Wong
Chairman Stanley Residents Association
Desperate for innovations, Pioneer to step forward - this has always been our style. With this motto in hand over decades, an irreplaceable and world-renowned Stanley Dragon Boating Racing results in return. This prodigious achievement credits to all our acquaintances for support and encouragement to make this forging forward possible.
Among all, I would like to express my thanks to Sun Life Financial, our Title Sponsor with three consecutive years. With their full support, we can keep upgrading our dragon boating equipment and service to respond the gradually increase of enquiry for dragon boat training. Simultaneously, there was excellent media coverage from the 2 major Hong Kong TV stations and other international media in the past years. In additional to the remarkable scale of the event, the eagerness of blending of tradition and modern life as well as keeping abreast with the society together made Stanley as the pace maker in local dragon boat arena.
This year, SRA successfully manufactured our own 14 high-quality fibre-glass dragon boats. The whole research and construction phases takes over two years blossomed from the idea of shifting to fibre-glass boats for our seasonal trainings. Now, the final product adopts modern pleasure boat construction standard, such as double slick surface on both inner and outer sides of the hull and floatation compartment which can also act as dry storage for voyage. Some other traditional Chinese dragon boat craftsmanship, including the traditional dragon heads, hard wood spine, spine knots and insert mode drummer seat, etc. are preserved. Comparing to IDBF endorsed racing boats, two more rows seats are added, making it more flexible and suitable for open sea.
SRA has always been active in all kinds of community social services especially projects to care for the under-privileged. Therefore, this year we co-operated with the social enterprise of Stanley Caritas Social Services to hand-make branded cookies, hoped to play a part in such a meaningful activity.
Marched to her 43rd anniversary, Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships is still receiving vigorous responds from different parties. Without the great support from all participants, friends, assisting parties, officials, volunteers, sponsors, guests and VIPs, the Stanley International Dragonboat Championships 2010 would not run with such a great success. I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to all of them and wish all the best in event!