HKETO Newsroom

June 17, 2018

HKETO Director attends the Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival

The 30th Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival (the Festival), organized by the Toronto Chinese Business Association, was held on the Centre Island in Toronto on June 16 and 17. The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto (HKETO) is a special sponsor of the event.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Director of HKETO, Miss Kathy Chan, said that dragon boating as a sports competition originated from Hong Kong, and we are glad to see that dragon boat racing has developed roots in Canada. “Back in 1976, the Hong Kong Tourist Association at that time launched the first ever international dragon boat race in Hong Kong. Hong Kong introduced dragon boat sports competition to Canada at the 1986 World Expo held in Vancouver. Since then, dragon boat race festivals have become popular events in cities like Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary and Montreal,” Miss Chan said.

Miss Chan noted that HKETO has been sponsoring dragon boat racing in different cities across Canada. “At the same time, we know many Canadian dragon boat teams have gone to Hong Kong to participate in our annual Dragon Boat Carnival. It shows the strong and close ties between Hong Kong and Canada,” Miss Chan added.

The Festival this year has attracted around 150 teams with over 5 000 athletes from all parts of the world to compete in the races. HKETO has set up a pavilion where visitors can learn more about the history of dragon boating and also take pictures against some beautiful images of Hong Kong. In addition, the Hong Kong Cup was presented to the winning team at the event.

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June 17, 2018

香港經貿處處長出席多倫多國際龍舟節

由多倫多華商會主辦的第三十屆多倫多國際龍舟節於六月十六及十七日在多倫多中央島舉行。香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處(香港經貿處)為該活動的特別贊助機構。
香港經貿處處長陳納思在開幕禮上致辭時表示,龍舟競渡作為一項體育賽事,發源自香港,很高興龍舟競渡已經紮根加拿大。她說:「一九七六年,當時的香港旅遊協會在香港舉辦首個國際龍舟賽。一九八六年,香港在溫哥華舉行的世界博覽會將龍舟競渡引入加拿大。自此,龍舟節成為了加拿大各大城市,包括多倫多、溫哥華、渥太華、卡加利及滿地可備受歡迎的地方盛事。」
陳納思表示,香港經貿處多年來一直贊助在加拿大不同城市舉辦的龍舟賽。她又說:「與此同時,許多加拿大龍舟隊曾前往香港參加年度『香港龍舟嘉年華』,這見證了港加兩地的緊密聯繫。」
多倫多國際龍舟節今年吸引約150隊龍舟隊伍和超過5 000位來自世界各地的健兒參加競賽。香港經貿處在現場設有展館,讓訪客認識更多有關龍舟競渡的歷史,並在香港美麗景色的背景前拍照。此外,大會在活動中頒發「香港杯」給得獎隊伍。