The Way of Water - A History of Swimming in Hong KongVIEW EVENT DETAILS
19:00 Filming Screening
19:18 Q&A with audience
ASHK Member Ticket: HKD60
Non-Member Ticket: HKD80
Hong Kong has over 700 kilometres of coastline, more than any other global city. The archipelago's rich maritime past from fishing village to major trading entrepot is well documented. Less well known is the city's unusual swimming history.
Simon Holliday will share some of the pioneering swims that have taken place in these waters, including an exclusive documentary screening of a daring wartime escape by Admiral Chan Chak who led a multinational band of men to safety on the eve of Hong Kong's surrender during the Second World War.
Despite a rich swimming history and success at the elite level of the sport, Hong Kong needs to address a problem: why is it, in an affluent city with an abundance of swimming pools and beaches, do more than half the population not know how to swim? Simon will share Splash Foundation's work in providing thousands of kids and adults the opportunity to learn to swim, significantly improving mental health as a result.
Simon Holliday co-founded Splash Foundation with Libby Alexander in 2015. It is Hong Kong's only charitable organisation dedicated to providing free learn-to-swim programmes for under-served communities, including kids from low income communities, kids with Special Educational Needs (SEN), and migrant domestic workers.
Simon is a marathon swimmer and was the first man to swim around Hong Kong Island, and the second to swim from Hong Kong to Macau. He has also swam across the English Channel. He has recently undertaken a project - HK263 - to swim around every island in Hong Kong, sharing the history of these islands as he goes.
Simon works for Herbert Smith Freehills in Hong Kong. He has 15 years experience in professional services environments across Asia Pacific and EMEA. Working mainly with lawyers, he has dedicated his career to helping people reach their potential. He is an executive coach and public speaker.
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