A Pink Fleet Takes Over Victoria Harbour

Jul 02, 2015, 18:05 ET from Hong Kong Tourism Board

LOS ANGELES, July 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Breast cancer survivors hailing from Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and the UK will compete in the International Breast Cancer Survivor Championship in the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival (July 3-5). The traditional Chinese sport of dragon boat racing has now become a popular international sport and a proven treatment for women who have recovered from breast cancer.

The various pink dragon teams will gather in Hong Kong to celebrate life and promote the sport as a means to enhance physical and social well-being. The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) cordially invites TV stations, print media and online media to broadcast, publish, or report on this meaningful race, as well as the rest of the carnival.

Associated Press and Getty Images will have video news and photos available in the newsroom. Please find the details below:

  • Associated Press (AP) – Video News & Footage
    Language: English

    Release Date & Time:
    12:30 a.m., Saturday, July 4, 2015
    Hong Kong Time (GMT+8)
    Video news and footage is available on the AP newsroom feed and can be downloaded from the following link:
    Login and password: gmsclient109

    An edited version for online media will be ready for download at 7:00 a.m. Hong Kong time (GMT+8), Monday, July 6, 2015 from the same link above.

  • Associated Press (AP) – Photos
    10:00 p.m., Sunday, July 5, 2015
    Hong Kong Time (GMT+8)
    Photos can be downloaded from the following link:
    Password: HKTB2015

  • Getty Images – Photos
    10:00 p.m., Sunday, July 5, 2015
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Background Information

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival will be staged from July 3, 2015 (Friday) to July 5, 2015 (Sunday). The carnival features two key programs: the CCB (Asia) Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races in Victoria Harbour and the San Miguel BeerFest at the UC Centenary Garden in East Tsim Sha Tsui. Expect three days of intense racing that will fill the harbour with heart-stopping action, right next to a beer festival, where athletes and spectators can mingle and dance to live music and enjoy glasses of refreshing beer.

Dragon Boat Teams Formed by Breast Cancer Survivors

The world's first dragon boat team formed by breast cancer survivors (BCS), named "Abreast in a Boat", appeared back in 1996, as part of a study conducted by the University of British Columbia on the impact of exercise on BCS. The study revealed that the sport, which provides strenuous upper body exercise in beautiful surroundings and a socially supportive environment, promotes both physical and emotional health, and is beneficial to women recovering from breast cancer.

For more details about the event, please visit: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/eng/see-do/events-festivals/highlight-events/dragon-boat-carnival.jsp

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SOURCE Hong Kong Tourism Board