The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) dominated the ninth Hong Kong Universities Rowing Championships, held at Shing Mun river. CUHK won seven gold medals and two bronze in 10 events. Their haul included the men's, women's and overall championships. The team's success was the result of a tough training regimen over the past three months. They prepared for the long-awaited competition by rowing six to eight hours a day, six days a week in very hot and humid conditions. Rowers who took part in each race in the championships were greeted with hugs and cheers, regardless of the results. That's what the event was all about. As the rowers toiled during the summer, bonds were established, team spirit was enhanced and life-long friendships were developed. Rowing is a sport in which co-operation and communication among teammates is vital. Each rower makes their own unique contributions to the team and is equally important. Team spirit, therefore, is crucial. The training may seem intimidating, but rowing builds up stamina and the ability to overcome challenges in other walks of life. CUHK's achievements were based on the principle: 'You never know how far you can go before you try it.'