Friday, June 30, 2017

From our friends in Hong Kong....

...local media promotes water polo.

Five unusual Hong Kong water sports you should try this summer

Bored of swimming? Try cooling off instead in some fun, unconventional ways during Hong Kong’s hottest months – and make some friends while you’re at it

As the weather heats up in Hong Kong, there’s no better way to cool off than to head to the beach or a pool. But if you’re bored with swimming, or just want to try something different, then we have the ultimate water-based sports list for you. So cool down, meet some new people and test your skills at these five unusual activities that you may not have considered trying before.

Water polo

If you’re looking for a water sport that tests your strength and stamina while having fun doing it, then beach water polo is for you.
Water polo is a competitive contact sport played between two teams in a pool or the sea. Combining the speed of swimming and the strength of shooting with the occasional tussle, it’s undoubtedly a strenuous workout.
“It’s tiring but it’s the best exercise you can fit into an hour,” says Doug Woo, founder of Hong Kong Beach Water Polo. Established in 2010, the club is run by volunteers and is made up of men and women from varying levels of the sport.

“Seven years ago we started jumping into different places in the ocean … and it kind of grew from there,” Woo says. “We are open to all levels. We are just people who want to have fun.”
The social club trains twice a week: once at Island School’s pool in Mid-Levels, and the other – with the help of a blow-up portable goal set – at different beaches around the island, including Deep Water Bay.
“Hong Kong is the perfect place to play water polo because a lot of people swim. There’s a lot of ocean here,” Woo says.
On top of training, the group holds a social Friday night competition (generally followed by a drink at a nearby bar). It also runs the annual International Hong Kong Beach Water Polo Tournament, taking place this year at Repulse Bay on October 28 and 29.
“We started [five years ago] with seven teams and now we are up to 20 teams,” Woo says. “We’ve had Hungarian teams, German teams and Asia-Pacific teams.”
Where: Island School, Mid-Levels; alternating beaches
When: Thursdays 7.30pm-9pm (Island School); Saturdays 3pm-5pm (beaches)
Cost: HK$50 per session for adults, HK$20 for students; or HK$2,000 for full year

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