The drummer at the front beats and screams while the paddlers work on their stroke to keep the boat going. In the middle of Stanley Bay, members of the Link dragon boat team push themselves hard as they prepare for the Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships, to be held at Tuen Ng Festival. Among them is Eric Law, a self-described fanatic of dragon boat. To him, paddling doesn’t just bring fun and joy, but also helps him become healthier both physically and mentally.
When Link put together its Dragon Boat Team for the first time in 2010, Eric joined the team right away, hoping for a good workout and the chance to get to know more colleagues from other departments. It was in the first training that he fell in love with the sport.
What draws Eric to the sport is the camaraderie - the feeling that everyone in the team are fighting for the same goal. “There’s no individualism in dragon boat,” he said. “It is about communicating, understanding and trusting your teammates. Teamwork is the most important.” In addition, dragon boat requires paddlers to be physically well-conditioned, as they need to keep pushing themselves for a few minutes while racing towards the finishing line.
Eric has gone through a body transformation. Just by looking at him now, it is hard to imagine the body shape that he was in – he weighted as much as 220 pounds at one point. From April of last year, through a healthier diet that includes eating less greasy food, and by slowing down his eating speed, drinking more water and resting more, Eric managed to shred 50 pounds in just over a year!
The motivation for Eric’s weight loss was from dragon boat. "I was the heaviest in the team. More weight on the boat means more resistance in the water, which ultimately affects the team’s performance.” So it was for the sake of the team and his own health that Eric’s fitness journey began. “I used to feel tired very easily between sets. But ever since I lost the weight, training became a lot easier, and I am also able to recover quicker after each set and be ready for the next one.”
Link Dragon Boat Team was disbanded in 2016, but that did not dim Eric's enthusiasm for the sport. He would later join other dragon boat teams, including one that represented Hong Kong in competitions held in South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan and other places – in total he participated in seven overseas races during that time. Through competing against dragon boat teams from other countries and regions, Eric also learned more about training and gained valuable competition experience.
This year, Link is once again putting together its own Dragon Boat Team for the competition, with most members being newcomers to the sport. As a senior member of the team, Eric is excited to share his experience. He has been reminding the team about the importance of warming up before the training and competitions, while also stressing the need for stretching afterwards to help relax the muscles and prevent injuries. During training, he has been vocal in encouraging other members to train harder, boosting morale and driving the team to win!
Eric believes the key to physical and mental wellbeing is to stay positive and cheerful. And his goal is to use his personal experience to help inspire new team members to become healthier and happier through the sport of dragon boat!
Receive updates in Messenger
Receive updates in Messenger
This Statement is made by Link Asset Management Limited ("Link Asset Management") as manager of Link REIT and Link Properties Limited (collectively "Link", “we”, "our" or "us"), in accordance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (Cap. 486) of the Laws of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ('the PDPO'). This Statement intends to notify you why your personal data is collected, how it will be used, to whom the personal data will be transferred and to whom data access requests are to be addressed.
We hold four broad categories of personal data, namely customers' and tenants' personal data, business associates' personal data, employment-related personal data, website and social media users' personal data.
From time to time, we may collect your personal data to provide our services to you and in an effort to improve your customer experience. You are not obliged to provide your personal data to us but if you do not, we may not be able to provide you with some of the information, materials, services and/or products of Link Asset Management and/or Link Properties Limited.
Provision of personal data (i.e. email address or similar personal data) to us is obligatory should you subscribe to “Channel 823” or any contents thereto.
If you are under the age of 18, you must ask your parent or guardian before providing any personal data to us.
The personal data you registered for subscribing to "Channel 823" (whether through our websites or through social media platforms) will be used for:
We would like to use your email address or social media messengers for sending you "Channel 823" information or part thereof from time to time by way of direct marketing.
If you object to our use of your personal data for the relevant purposes as listed above, you can, at any time without charge, inform us via the “unsubscribe” function available in the emails or social media messengers of “Channel 823” updates or send an email to email@example.com.
Personal data held by us will be kept confidential, but we may disclose/transfer such data to the following parties (whether within or outside the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) for the purposes set out in this Statement:
We strive at all times to ensure that your personal data will be protected against unauthorized or accidental access, processing, erasure or other use. We have implemented appropriate physical, electronic and managerial measures to safeguard and secure your personal data.
Your personal data will be kept in the office of Link Asset Management and/or Link Properties Limited or by the service providers engaged by Link Asset Management and/or Link Properties Limited and is accessible only to our authorized employees and service providers.
We will keep your personal data for a reasonable time to fulfill the purpose for which the data was collected or comply with the relevant rules, regulations and laws of Hong Kong. Personal data which is no longer required will be destroyed.
Under the PDPO. any individual has the right to request access to and correction of his or her personal data held by us. In accordance with the terms of the PDPO, Link Asset Management or Link Properties Limited has the right to charge a reasonable fee for the processing of request.
If you wish to access or correct your personal data in relations to "Channel 823" subscription held by us, please send your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please read the below terms if you provide your personal data for the use of our services in Mainland China.
Cross-border data transfer
Since "Channel 823" is published by Link Asset Management in Hong Kong, transfer of your personal data to Hong Kong is necessary for us to send you "Channel 823" information or part thereof. During such cross-border data transfer and storage, we are committed to protecting the security of your personal data. If you object to our cross-border transfer of your personal data, we may not be able to provide you with the services for the relevant purposes listed above.
Other than the rights to request access and correction, in accordance with the Personal Information Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China, you will also have the rights to copy, supplement and deletion of your personal data held by us.
To Change the scope of consent
We respect your right to know and right of decision on the processing of your personal data. You can change the scope of your consent to our processing of your personal data at any time, however this might affect your use of our services. If you wish to access, copy, correct, supplement or delete your personal data in relations to "Channel 823" subscription held by us or to change the scope of your consent, please send your request to: email@example.com.
In case of discrepancies between the English and Chinese versions of this Statement, the English version shall apply and prevail.