GEORGE TOWN: Already famous for its beach life, Penang is now promoting kayaking as a recreational activity for lovers of the outdoors.
In encouraging people to take up this water sport, 62 participants were selected for a clinic at the Penang Water Sports Centre in Tanjung Bungah, where they experienced paddling not just kayaks but also dragon boats.
Penang Sports Council director Harry Chai Heng Hua said the overwhelming response for the session proved there was indeed a demand for this activity, making it worth developing for talents.
“Besides introducing the sport 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 inculcate healthy living habit among Penangites.
“By organising such clinics, we can attract youngsters to join, as kayaking has since been long popular but mostly among anglers.
“Hopefully, more operators will indulge in this activity as it is not only healthy but suitable for Penang’s geographical area,” he said.
At the clinic, participants were taught the basics of handling kayaks and dragon boats by the Penang Canoe Association members.
A physical session where they got to paddle in the water proved to be fun and challenging as they were trying the activity for the first time.
Those interested in trying out the sport may visit the Penang Water Sports Centre in Tanjung Bungah or call 04-890 0197.
The centre is open daily except for Mondays and Tuesdays from 9am to 6pm.