Us Water skiing in Hong Kong became
popular in the 1950's, such that by the early 1960's a club was formed; the
Hong Kong Motor Boat and Water Ski Club based at Middle Island. This Club merged
with the Aberdeen Boat Club. Other skiers were operating in the Hebe Haven area.
Water skiing in Hong Kong became popular in the 1950's, such that by the early 1960's a club was formed; the Hong Kong Motor Boat and Water Ski Club based at Middle Island. This Club merged with the Aberdeen Boat Club. Other skiers were operating in the Hebe Haven area.
In the 1960's and early 1970's, tournaments were organised at South Bay on an annual basis. By 1973, the standard of Hong Kong skiers was such that a national team was formed and placed first in the South East Asian Championships, held in the Philippines. Further international tournaments saw the Hong Kong team as a major force in the region with successes in 1975 and 1976. In 1976, Hong Kong hosted its first international tournament; the 4th South East Asian Championships. In 1977 Hong Kong took first place in the men's overall with slalom and jumping titles and a third overall position in the women's division.
Forming of HKWSA
The idea of forming a national water ski association arose in 1976, though skiing had existed in Hong Kong for many years previously, mainly as a casual sport but with occasional competitions. In 1977, the Hong Kong Water Ski Association officially came into being as a national authority whose objectives were to promote the sport, organise competitive events, and select skiers to represent Hong Kong internationally. Since its formation, HKWSA has organised annual national and open tournaments which have become the highlight of the local skiing calendar, and participating in regional events and government sponsored water ski carnivals. In March 2001, the Association became a company limited by guarantee, registered in Hong Kong.
The Mission Statement of the HKWSA is –
"To increase the awareness of, and encourage the greater participation in towed water sports in Hong Kong. In particular the sports of waterskiing, wakeboarding and their derivatives.”
The Objectives of the HKWSA are –
Sadly after the loss of regular use of the West Sea Coffer Dam at High Island, Sai Kung until 2000, the high standards achieved in the late 1970's and early 1980's were not maintained. However, negotiations with the Government resulted in increased access to the Coffer Dam on two Saturdays every month during November to May. We are grateful to both the Leisure & Cultural Services Department as well as the former Hong Kong Sports Development Board for helping us in this endeauour. This objective to find a dedicated training site remains at the top of our list of priorities. HKWSA's medium term objectives include:
The cost of striving for the above objective: an annual individual subscription of HK$150 or only $300 per family and $100 for student, for which members are entitled to reduced-rate entry to HKWSA organised events. If you require further information don't hesitate to call us at 2504-8168.
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