New World Harbour Race 2021 Marks 10th Anniversary 1,200 Swimmers Embrace Challenges in New Route 16-year-old Cheung Sze-yu Claimed Gold in New World Springboard Championship Empowering Young Swimmers to Unleash Growth Potential

12-12-2021

  • Sin Chin-ting Keith and Nip Tsz-yin triumphed in the Racing Group
  • New route from Wan Chai to Tsim Sha Tsui brings a different perspective of Victoria Harbour

(Hong Kong, 12th December, 2021) – Title sponsored by New World Development Company Limited (“New World Development”) and organised by Hong Kong China Swimming Association (“HKGSA”), New World Harbour Race 2021 – the annual sporting event – made its comeback at Victoria Harbour today, with 1200 swimmers taking into water celebrating its 10th anniversary. Cheung Sze-yu, a young swimmer aged 16 claimed gold in New World Springboard Championship.

To mark the official opening of the racing groups at 8:15am today, the gun-firing ceremony was officiated by The Honourable Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Mr. Wong Kam-Sing, Secretary for the Environment; Mr. Adrian Cheng Chi-Kong, Chief Executive Officer of New World Development Company Limited; Mr. Sitt Nam-Hoi and Ms. Jenny Chiu, Executive Directors of New World Development; Mr. Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, President of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China; and Mr. Ronnie Wong, President of HKGSA. Meanwhile the three event ambassadors of New World Harbour Race – So Wa-wai, the six-time Paralympic gold medalist nicknamed “Magic Kid” (track and field), Hayley Chan, Champion in World Cup series (wind surfing), and Lai Chi-wai, Asia’s Rock-Climbing King (rock climbing) – showed up to cheer for all participating swimmers.

After a morning of intense competition, the trophies for the Racing Group Individual Men & Women went to Sin Chin-ting Keith and Nip Tsz-yin, who clocked 13’44 and 14’56 respectively. Cheung Sze-yu the young swimmer aged 16 was declared the champion in the New World Springboard Championship, achieving a time of 22’22. Full results of the race will be uploaded to the New World Harbour Race website (https://www.hkharbourrace.com/?lang=hk).

New World Harbour Race has welcomed many young swimmers from the New World Springboard programme in recent years. Launched in 2012, New World Springboard offers sports programme and training to under-resourced children for free – such as swimming, basketball and rope skipping etc. – to empower them to unleash full potential and reach beyond.

Staying true to its spirit of “Together We Make Waves” and mission to encourage swimmers to embrace challenges, New World Harbour Race invited five “Hong Kong Sports Legends” as event ambassadors and mentors for the New World Springboard participants. The five ambassador-mentors included Siobhan Haughey, double Tokyo Olympic silver medal-winner (swimming), So Wa-wai (track and field), Ng On-yee, Women’s World Champion (snooker), Hayley Chan (wind surfing), and Lai Chi-wai (rock climbing), who shared their road to champion stories with young swimmers, encouraging them to stay undaunted and to create their own waves of success in sports and in life.

New World Harbour Race also marked its 10th anniversary with a collaboration with CASETiFY, which saw the launch of five limited edition phone cases. Designed with the theme of waves, these fives phone cases each come in a different coloured design, and include a motto from each of the five Harbour Race ambassadors. The limited-edition phone cases are now available via the CASETiFY website today (12 December), with a portion of the sales going to WWF Hong Kong to support their marine conservation and education projects.

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Photo Caption:

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The gun-firing ceremony was officiated by The Honourable Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-Ngor, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (middle); Mr. Wong Kam-Sing, Secretary for the Environment (second left); Mr. Timothy Fok Tsun-ting, President of the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (far right); Mr. Adrian Cheng Chi-Kong, Chief Executive Officer of New World Development Company Limited (third to left); Mr. Sitt Nam-Hoi, Executive Director of New World Development (second right); Ms. Jenny Chiu, Executive Director of New World Development (far left) and Mr. Ronnie Wong, President of Hong Kong China Swimming Association (third to right).

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The Honourable Mrs. Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-Ngor, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Middle), Mr. Adrian Cheng Chi-Kong, Chief Executive Officer of New World Development Company Limited (Third to left), and the two event ambassadors of New World Harbour Race – So Wa-wai (Second left) and Hayley Chan (Far right) – cheered for the young swimmers from New World Springboard.

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The trophies for Racing Group Individual Men & Women went to local swimmers Sin Chin-ting Keith (Left) and Nip Tsz-yin (Right), who clocked 13’44 and 14’56 respectively.

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16-year-old young swimmer Cheung Sze-yu (middle) touched first in the New World Springboard Championship, with a time of 22’22.

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The event ambassadors – So Wa-wai (track and field) and Hayley Chan (wind surfing), – cheered up swimmers at the starting point.

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1200 swimmers took the plunge to cross the signature Victoria Harbour, taking the route from Golden Bauhinia Square Public Pier at Wan Chai to the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui.

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Swimmers took photos warming up themselves and were excited to kick start the 1000-metre New World Harbour Race.

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New World Development Company Limited formed a cheering team to cheer for the swimmers at the finishing point.

New World Harbour Race 2021 Winners List

New World Harbour Race Racing Group Men’s Individual

PositionNameTime
ChampionSIN Chin-ting Keith13:44.2
1st Runner UpSUM Ka-lok Leo14:45.3
2nd Runner UpKWOK Chun-hei14:47.4
4th PlaceLI Chun-yin Jason15:02.5
5th PlaceCHAN Tsun-hin15:02.9


New World Harbour Race Racing Group Women’s Individual

PositionNameTime
ChampionNIP Tsz-yin14:56.0
1st Runner UpLAM Pac-tung Nikita15:23.5
2nd Runner UpWONG Ching-lam Anthea15:47.2
4th PlaceLEUNG Ka-ching16:04.9
5th PlaceTO Wing-yan16:48.8


New World Harbour Race New World Springboard Category

PositionNameTime
ChampionCHEUNG Sze-yu22:22.5
1st Runner UpLI Edmil Kong-fei24:24.3
2nd Runner UpCHAN Chun-hei25:47.9