Hong Kong Rowing Association Celebrates Opening
of Major Extension in Sha Tin
The Hong Kong, China Rowing Association (HKCRA)
has celebrated the
opening of the Jockey Club Sha Tin Rowing Centre (JCSTRC)
The new centre, funded by The Hong Kong Jockey
Club Charities Trust, will become the training base for the Hong Kong Rowing
Team and will also be open to the public as a community hub for
rowing, making good use of the expanded facilities to encourage a
wide range of participation and host activities for all age groups
and sectors of society.
"An easily accessible and well-equipped venue is of
crucial importance to the day-to-day training of athletes,"
said Hong Kong Rowing Team Olympian, Carmen
Lee Ka-man. "Thanks to the generous support and funding from The Hong
Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, I'm sure it will not be long
before we have more home-grown world-class athletes. I can't wait
to witness the rising stars competing for glory at an
the JCSTRC Extension Project started in
2021. New features include more than 200 BIPV solar panels
installed to generate green energy and also provide financial
resources to support rowing programmes for disadvantaged groups.
Among its new facilities is an elevator to make the centre fully
accessible. There is also a renovated rowing-specific gym,
ergometer training room, competition management room and upgraded
changing rooms, which together provide a first-rate environment
and user experience for athletes and other users.
rooms for coaches and umpires are also features of the extended centre, and will provide strong future technical support for the
Usable area at the centre
has been increased from approximately 1,500 sqm to over 3,000 sqm. It will become an integrated community hub for rowing-related programmes and activities, including corporate team building,
volunteering and community outreach events, all of which can help
to build a more inclusive and active community.
the HKCRA, Mike Tanner, BBS, MH, said, "The
Extension Project, construction of which has taken nearly two
years to complete, has produced this modern and functional sports
centre as the home of rowing in Hong Kong. In addition to the
extensive rowing facilities, the centre is the headquarters of the
association. The design has focussed on functionality, to provide
those elements needed by the association to support the growing
number of programmes demanded by our ambitious plans for the
further development and promotion of rowing."
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