The HKBU men’s team wins the first gold medal in the 8x Octuple Scull event for 23 years


男子隊在八人艇項目中23年來首奪金牌

HKBU community members cheer their rowing team at the venue


浸大社群到比賽地點為划艇隊打氣

Date: 18 Aug 2017 (Friday)

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HKBU rowers achieve historic result at Jackie Chan Challenge Cup

浸大划艇隊於成龍盃賽事締造歷史成績

The HKBU rowing team clinched three gold, two silver and two bronze medals as well as the first runner-up title in the overall, men’s and women’s categories respectively in the Jackie Chan Challenge Cup Hong Kong Universities Rowing Championships. Moreover, the men’s team made history by winning the Men's Coxed Eight event for the first time in 23 years. 
 
Tai Ka-lam (Geography Year 4), the HKBU Rowing Club’s Internal Vice-President, said that while the team line-up had changed over the years, these changes had not affected the team’s competitive momentum. Team members had devoted themselves to comprehensive training over the past three months, not only familiarising themselves with the practical tactics involved in competitions, but also improving their physical fitness and skill levels. 
 
Ka-lam added that when the men’s team reached the finals of  the Men's Coxed Eight event, the hope was of course to make history. But the competing team was from CUHK, well known as one of toughest competitors. Excited teammates and alumni flocked to the venue to cheer on their team, and the finishing line was packed with HKBU supporters. “The Office of Student Affairs always offers assistance to the Rowing Club and its staff members also watch the competition and show their support for us every year. This year, Dr Albert Chau, Vice-President (Teaching and Learning), also joined us as well. His presence was valuable to us and significantly boosted our morale,” she said. Despite the fierce competition, the men’s team performed well enough to clinch the championship.
   
Several large-scale competitions are scheduled for the coming months, and Ka-lam said the HKBU rowers are well prepared, ready and waiting to achieve even better results.   
 

浸大划艇隊早前在成龍挑戰盃全港大學賽艇錦標賽中勇奪單項三金兩銀兩銅的佳績,更取得男子、女子及全場總亞軍。男子隊於23年來首奪八人艇金牌 ,創下歷史性成績。
 
浸大划艇會內務副主席戴嘉琳(地理四年級)表示,今年出現划艇隊隊員新舊交替的情況,但未影響比賽士氣。在過去三個月,隊員積極投入連串訓練,除了水上實戰技術外,還包括體能等,全面提升隊員水平。
 
嘉琳表示,今年男子隊在八人艇項目打入決賽,有望締造歷史,但對手是實力強勁的中大,隊員和校友都萬分緊張,紛紛湧到比賽地點打氣,終點更被他們擠得水洩不通。她說:「學生事務處一向十分支持划艇隊,每年比賽都會有同事出席,以表支持。今年副校長(教與學)周偉立博士更抽空到場,實在難得,讓我們士氣大振。」雖然戰況緊湊,但男子隊發揮應有水平,終如願以償一嘗冠軍滋味。
 
由於未來數月將有多項大型賽事接連舉行,嘉琳表示,划艇隊隊員將會積極備戰,力求再創佳績。