16 September 2017 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Antwerp
Thirty-six teams of paddlers took part in the 7th Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival at Kattendijkdok in the Port of Antwerp on Saturday 16 September 2017. With the support of the Belgium Hong Kong Society, they included a team from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven). For the first time, there were also students from the University of Gent.
The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, organised by the Rotary International, Antwerpen West, attracted around 5000 enthusiastic spectators and participants. The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels, the title sponsor of the event, entered two boats in the races. One of them, Hong Kong International Paddlers, with a crew of locals and expats, made the final and came third.
An additional attraction this year was a new, talented professional rope skipping team from Hong Kong, S/L/A/S/H/, whose members engaged with the public and showed them how to do the moves.