The kick-off ceremony of the 33rd Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival (the Festival), organised by the Toronto Chinese Business Association in collaboration with GWN Dragon Boat, was held virtually on June 26. The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Toronto) (HKETO) is a key sponsor of the Festival.
Speaking at the virtual opening ceremony of the Festival, Director of HKETO, Ms Emily Mo, said she was delighted to join the Festival and celebrate with the Canadian public this popular water sport event across Canada. "This wonderful event demonstrates the strong and close ties between Canada and Hong Kong, as Hong Kong is the birth place of modern dragon boat racing," Ms Mo said.
"Hong Kong hosted the first international dragon boat race four decades ago and introduced this sport to Canada at the 1986 World Expo in Vancouver, then to other major cities including Toronto," Mo Mo continued.
"Today, millions of paddlers around the world have participated in this international sport, and the Dragon Boat Festival has become one of the most popular races among athletes and the local community in Canada," Ms Mo said.
Noting the Festival this year has been postponed due to the pandemic, Ms Mo looked forward to seeing the relaxation of health restrictions and attending the event in person in September. As in previous years, HKETO will set up a Hong Kong pavilion at the Festival for visitors to learn more about the history of dragon boating and take pictures in front of Hong Kong landscape images.
由多倫多華商會及GWN Dragon Boat合辦的第三十三屆多倫多國際龍舟節（龍舟節）於六月二十六日舉行網上啟動儀式。香港駐多倫多經濟貿易辦事處（香港經貿處）是龍舟節的主要贊助機構。