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Tuesday, 16 May 2023

Hong Kong Rowing Association Celebrates Opening of Major Extension in Sha Tin

(16/05/23)  The Hong Kong, China Rowing Association (HKCRA) has celebrated the opening of the Jockey Club Sha Tin Rowing Centre (JCSTRC) Extension Project.

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.

HKCRA has celebrated the extension of Jockey Club Sha Tin Rowing Centre (JCSTRC). Click to enlarge.
HKCRA has celebrated the extension of Jockey Club Sha Tin Rowing Centre (JCSTRC)

"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 international level!"

Construction of 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.

Training rooms for coaches and umpires are also features of the extended centre, and will provide strong future technical support for the association’s activities.

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.

President of 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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