GEORGE TOWN: Already famous for its beach life, Penang now promotes kayaking as a recreational activity for outdoor enthusiasts.
To encourage people to practice this water sport, 62 participants were selected for a clinic at the Penang Water Sports Center in Tanjung Bungah, where they experienced paddling not only in a kayak but also in a dragon boat.
Penang Sports Council Director Harry Chai Heng Hua said the massive response to the session proved that there was indeed a demand for the activity, making it worth developing talent.
“In addition to introducing sports to people, the clinic also aims to expand the range of sports available to the public.
“This is in line with the state’s ‘Sports for All’ initiative introduced in 2019 to instill healthy lifestyles in Penangites.
“By organizing such clinics, we can attract young people, because kayaking has long been popular, but especially among fishermen.
“I hope that more operators will engage in this activity because it is not only healthy but suitable for the geographical area of Penang,” he said.
At the clinic, members of the Penang Canoe Association taught participants the basics of handling kayaks and dragon boats.
A physical session where they were able to paddle in the water was fun and challenging as they were trying the activity for the first time.
Those interested in trying the sport can visit Penang Water Sports Center in Tanjung Bungah or call 04-890 0197.
The center is open every day except Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.