The Sailing Federation of Hong Kong, China held a welcome home ceremony at Hong Kong International Airport on 28th September to greet the Hong Kong sailing team athletes on their triumphant return from the 19th Hangzhou Asian Games. The federation congratulates the team on winning one silver and one bronze medal. It is the first silver medal for the sailing team in the history of the Asian Games, and it is also the first time the sailing team won two medals at the same Asian Games. The athletes’ perseverance and determination have written a new page in the history of sailing in Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Sports Institute Assistant High Performance Administration Manager Ms. Wing Lam, the HKSF Honourary Treasurer Mr. David Fan, the HKSF council member Walder Ip, the HKSF secretary general Ms. Jeanne Clot, together with the athletes’ parents extended their welcome to the Hong Kong sailing team. Mr. David Fan shook hands and presented flowers to the athletes at the event. Parents and athletes hugged each other in the airport arrivals hall.
The sailing team won one silver and one bronze medal at this year’s Asian Games. The women’s ILCA 6 sailor Stephanie Norton, won silver and the 49er sailors Akira Sakai and Russell Aylsworth won bronze. The Hong Kong team also achieved good results in other sailing classes. Men’s ILCA 7 sailor Nicholas Bezy finished 4th overall; the Hong Kong 49er FX team of Sandy Choi and Maddalena Di Salvo, girl ILCA 4 sailor Ziyan Huang, boy ILCA 4 sailor Daniel Chan and men’s kiteboarder Alex finished 5th overall respectively in their racing classes.
We are grateful to each athlete for their hard work and sweat. With their hard work and perseverance, they have established important milestones for Hong Kong sailing. They have also set an inspiring example for future generations of sailors in Hong Kong.
We will continue to be committed to developing and promoting local sailing, and will work in close cooperation with the Hong Kong Sports Institute to cultivate more talent in sailing.