500 World Class Rowers Are Ready for
2019 World Rowing Coastal Championships presented by Dah Sing Bank
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Receives The Greatest Number of Entries First Hosted in Asia
France becomes the most active participating overseas team
(Hong Kong, 21 October 2019) 2019 World Rowing Coastal Championships presented by Dah Sing Bank (“2019 WRCC”) in Hong Kong has received the greatest number of entries for a coastal regatta first hosted outside of Europe. 2019 WRCC will be held in the Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong on 1-3 November 2019.
Hailing from 29 countries and regions, about 500 world class rowers are gathered in Hong Kong for the Championship. France is the most active participating overseas team, sending the largest number of boats while men’s solo (single) receives the largest number of entries.
The men’s solo has 45 competitors participating and last year’s World Champion Eduardo Linares Ruiz is back. Up to now, Linares Ruiz represented a Peruvian club but he is representing a British club this year. Linares Ruiz will face 2018 silver medallist, Lars Wichert of Germany and bronze medallist Simone Martini of Italy. Martini most recently raced at the 2019 World Rowing Championships in the men’s single sculls. Wichert is also a flat-water rower racing on the German national team last year in the lightweight men’s single sculls.
The mixed double sculls has attracted a large number of entries with 39 boats represented. Back to defend their 2018 win is Janneke van der Meulen and Mitchel Steenman of the Netherlands. They will face last year’s silver medallists from France, Pierrick Ledard and Edwige Alfred. Bronze medallist from Spain, Ander Martin has teamed up with a new partner, Maria Del Mar Ferrer Sanchez.
Diana Dymenchenko of Ukraine is back to defend her title in the women’s solo and, in the men’s coxed quadruple sculls, Italy’s World Champion crew from CC Saturnia return to defend their title.
“Hong Kong and Victoria Harbour will prove to be a spectacular location for these Championships – an iconic waterway in the middle of one of the world’s great cities,” says World Rowing Federation President Jean-Christophe Rolland. “The visibility that this will bring to the event will be of great benefit and will showcase the exciting nature of coastal rowing to the crowds.”
The World Rowing Coastal Championships will go from 1-3 November 2019 with racing taking place on Victoria Harbour. The course length is 4km for heats and B-finals and 6km for A-finals. It includes buoy turns. This is the first time that the World Rowing Coastal Championships has been staged in Asia since the event was launched in 2007.
As the host city, we are honoured that there will be 23 Hong Kong Rowing Team Members participating in the Championships. We will cheer and support all the Hong Kong rowers and wish they can achieve the best results in this world-class event in Hong Kong. Full list of Hong Kong Rowing Team Members is enclosed in the appendix.
“We are thrilled to receive an overwhelming response from local and international rowers participating at the 2019 WRCC. Amongst the 23 top rowers from Hong Kong Rowing Team, there are Rio Olympians and gold medallists at 2018 Asian Coastal Championships - Carmen Lee, Yuen Yin Lee and Chiu Hin Chun. The total numbers of Hong Kong’s entries is 81, which demonstrates the increasing popularity and rapid development of coastal rowing in Hong Kong.” Added by Mike Tanner, Chairman of the Organising Committee of 2019 WRCC and Chairman of Hong Kong China Rowing Association.
There will be a full television production of the A-finals that can be watched online at www.worldrowing.com. Both the World Rowing and 2019 WRCC (www.wrcc2019.com) websites will also have start lists, results, photos and stories.
For entries click here: http://www.worldrowing.com/events/2019-world-rowing-coastal-championships/event-information.
About The World Rowing Federation (FISA)
The World Rowing Federation, FISA (from the French, Fédération Internationale des Sociétés d’Aviron) is the governing body of the sport of rowing. It is empowered by its 155 member National Rowing Federations, the National Olympic Committees and the International Olympic Committee to govern the sport of rowing.
FISA sets the rules and regulations for the practice of the sport, in all its forms including elite, para-rowing, coastal, masters and aspects of indoor rowing. FISA oversees sanctioned World Rowing events and provides advice and expertise for the organisation of rowing regattas. The Federation also works on coaching education and other matters relating to the sport and its development.
About Hong Kong China Rowing Association (HKCRA)
The Hong Kong China Rowing Association (HKCRA) was established in 1978 and is the governing body for the sport of rowing in Hong Kong. It is affiliated to the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, and to the Asian Rowing Federation (ARF) and World Rowing Federation (FISA).
The HKCRA operates two rowing centres adjoining the Shing Mun River in Sha Tin. They are Sha Tin Rowing Centre and Jockey Club Shek Mun Rowing Centre, located at Fo Tan and at Shek Mun respectively. Most Hong Kong rowing clubs are based at these two Centres for regular training and competition. Sha Tin Rowing Centre also serves as the official headquarters and administrative offices of the Association.
The HKCRA has entitled and organized different types of promotion and development programmes and activities including Youth Development Programme, Para-rowing Programme, Indoor Rowing for Schools Programme and Coastal rowing activities, aiming to expand the sport of rowing at community level for different people with the ultimate goal to achieve rowing for all.
About Dah Sing Bank
Dah Sing Bank, Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dah Sing Banking Group (HKG:2356) which is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Founded in Hong Kong over 70 years ago, Dah Sing Bank has been providing quality banking products and services to our customers with a vision to be “The Local Bank with a Personal Touch”. Over the years, the Bank has been rigorous in delivering on our brand promise to grow with our customers in Hong Kong, the Pearl River Delta and beyond – “Together We Progress and Prosper”. Building on our experience and solid foundation in the industry, the Bank’s scope of professional services now spans retail banking, private banking, business and commercial banking, with 45 branches operating throughout Hong Kong. Meanwhile, the Bank is also making significant investments in our digital banking capabilities to stay abreast with smart banking developments in Hong Kong and to support financial inclusion at large.
In addition to its Hong Kong banking operations, Dah Sing Bank also has wholly owned subsidiaries including Dah Sing Bank (China) Limited, Banco Commercial de Macau, and OK Finance Limited. It is also a strategic shareholder of Bank of Chongqing with a shareholding of about 15%.
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