Dr. Tom Chan

WS Teacher’s message #11

Dear students,

加入和聲書院雖然只有短短不足一年的時間,事實上我已經在中文大學任教了15年。今天想跟大家分享的是我一項維持了18年的興趣愛好 – 扒龍舟。18年前在朋友的介紹下,我開始接觸了『傳統』的龍舟,自此以後龍舟訓練和比賽幾乎佔據了我大部分星期天的時光。訓練通常是在柴灣避風塘內進行,一年四季恆常不斷。這些年來訓練和比賽的點點滴滴,匯聚成為許多難以忘懷的記憶,也讓我擁有了教學工作和家庭生活以外的一片天地。

與其他運動項目一樣,扒龍舟需要體力和技能,看似重複簡單枯燥的動作,其實是對個人的體能、意志的考驗,同時作為一項團體運動,更講求隊員之間的協調和一致性。比起龍舟賽事的緊張刺激,我更享受平常的訓練過程。無論是炎炎夏日還是寒潮襲來的冬日,能夠堅持訓練本來就是一件不容易的事情,而每次訓練都需要『俾盡佢』,船能有多快,可以去到多遠都依賴船上每個人毫無保留地為同一個目標而努力。教練常說『練到係自己嘅!』,也許正是這份訓練的艱辛,才使得這一切來得更為充實和真切!

龍舟訓練並不只有汗水和陽光,在賽季後的耐力訓練中,我們會從避風塘出發,沿著藍灣半島外的海岸線前往大浪灣。離開了風平浪靜的避風塘,海況也常常更為複雜多變,面對水流和湧浪,路程也變得格外艱辛,心中總會為自己打氣“快到了,快到了,再堅持最後100下!”。在經歷了無數次的“最後100下”後,大浪灣的沙灘終於出現在礁石淺灘的拐角處,一鼓作氣將龍舟衝上沙灘登陸大浪灣!選擇大浪灣為目的地並非沒有原因,答案或許就在靠近沙灘茶餐廳的燒鵝瀨粉裡,一份燒鵝瀨粉足以讓我們心滿意足地完成這無盡的“最後一百下”之旅。

『長風破浪會有時,直挂雲帆濟滄海』,希望同學們可以在和聲書院揚帆登上自己駛向廣博天地的龍舟,大家一起『俾盡佢』!

I am Tom and a member of Lee Woo Sing College for less than one year, but my teaching at The Chinese University of Hong Kong is more than 15 years. What I want to share with you today is a hobby even longer than this. My friend brought me into dragon boat 18 years ago. And since then, dragon boat training and races have taken up most of my Sundays. We have regular training in the Chai Wan Public Cargo Working Area (or we usually call it as Chai Wan Typhoon Shelter) throughout the year. Years of training and races have gathered into many unforgettable memories little by little, and allow me to embrace a different another world for me distinct from my teaching and family life.

Like other sports, dragon boat requires physical strength and skills. The seemingly repetitively simple and tedious practices actually pose a great challenge for one’s physical fitness and willpower. Meanwhile, as a team sport, it requires coordination and cooperation among team members. Compared with the excitement of dragon boat races, I enjoy the regular training more. Whether they are hot summer or chilly winter mornings, persistence in training is not an easy job, not to mention we need to “play it hard” in every single stroke. How fast and how far the boat would go relies heavily on everyone’s full commitment to strive for the goal ahead. The coach often encourages (or yells at) us, “No pain no gain!”, perhaps only the toilsomeness of training makes all this more substantial and vivid to me!

Sweat and sunshine are not the sole ingredients in dragon boat training. In playoff training for endurance, we would depart from the Chai Wan typhoon shelter and along the coastline out of the Island Resort to Big Wave Bay. Unlike the calm and peacefulness in typhoon shelter, the conditions are more complicated and unpredictable in the open water. Against the current and mighty water, you need some self-talks to gain strength and motivation for the rocky journey. “Hold on! Almost there! The last 100 strokes to go!”.  Repeating the countless “last 100 strokes to go”, Big Wave Bay is finally around the corner of the reef shoal, time to speed up and power the boat to land on the beach of Big Wave Bay! Why we choose Big Wave Bay as the destination? The answer may be found in the roast goose noodles in the Chinese tea restaurant near the beach. A serving of roast goose noodles is a wonderful reward for the countless “last 100 strokes to go” journey.

“Someday, with my sail piercing the clouds; I will mount the wind, break the waves, and traverse the vast, rolling sea.” I hope you all can sail to the vast world from WS college with your own “dragon boat”, and let’s play it hard together!


About Dr. Chan To, Tom

Tom, a senior lecturer at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, joined LWS College in 2022 May. Before he joint LWS College, he was an affiliated member in the United College since 2007. His teaching focuses on STEM education in Primary/Secondary Education and he is now the deputy programme coordinator of BA and BEd in Early Childhood Education programmes. If you would like to know more about Tom, please visit https://www.fed.cuhk.edu.hk/cri/faculty/dr-chan-to-tom/

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