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SPH Schools Relay Championships 2011 opens for registration

Singapore, 11 Feb 2011 - Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), together with the Singapore Athletic Association (SAA), will host the annual SPH Schools Relay Championships at the Bukit Gombak Stadium from 26-27 March 2011. Participants from eligible schools and institutions can register from 14 February 2011.

Into its 19th year, the SPH Schools Relay Championships is a major highlight in the school sports calendar. A total of 24 races will be held over the two-day competition, comprising A Division (17-19 years); B Division (15-16 years) and C Division (13-14 years) for boys and girls. The Championships comprises four types of relays - 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m and 4x800m.

There will be six championship trophies given out to the division champions. The school with the most division championship titles will receive the SPH Overall Champions Trophy.

The best-performing relay team will be awarded the Tay Cheng Khoon Memorial Trophy. Inaugurated in 2008, the memorial trophy recognises the most outstanding relay team which successfully breaks a record by the biggest margin. Named after the late Straits Times Sports Editor who passed away in July 2007, the trophy is a tribute to his efforts as a school teacher who was passionate about sports, as well as his efforts to nurture youth through sports.

Ms Ginney Lim, Executive Vice-President of SPH's Corporate Communications, said, “SPH is pleased to continue our partnership with SAA for the SPH Schools Relay Championships. This event has been a part of the thriving school sports scene for nearly two decades. It has groomed many talents and set new track records. We look forward to creating an unforgettable sporting experience for the athletes and their supporters.”

Mr Tang Weng Fei, President of SAA, said, “The SPH Schools Relay Championships is important to athletics in Singapore as our youth athletes are able to compete and demonstrate their team work proudly in their school colours. We hope to unearth some gems and have them don our national colours to compete for Singapore in the future.”

Last year, Anglo Chinese School (Independent) beat the Singapore Sports School to win the SPH Overall Challenge Trophy with its outstanding performances in the Boys’ B and C Division events. The other division champions were Singapore Sports School (C Division Girls), Nanyang Girls’ High School (B Division Girls), Hwa Chong Institution (College) (A Division Girls) and Raffles Institution (College) (A Division Boys).

Two new records were established last year, both by Anglo Chinese School (Independent) for the B Division Boys’ 4x100m and 4x400m events. The Tay Cheng Khoon Memorial Trophy was awarded to the Anglo Chinese School (Independent) for the B Division Boys’ 4x400m team, breaking the record held by the Singapore Sports School set in 2006 by more than 2 seconds.

Entry forms for the SPH Schools Relay Championships are available on the SAA website at www.singaporeathletics.org.sg from 14 February 2011. Registration closes on 11 March 2011.


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Media contacts:

Hoe Aik Teng (Ms)
Events & Marketing
Singapore Athletic Association
DID: 6386 2721
HP: 9699 8623
Email: hoe_aik_teng@singaporeathletics.org.sg

Yeo Siew Chi (Mr)
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings
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HP: 9749 5105
Email:
yeosc@sph.com.sg


About Singapore Athletic Association (SAA)

Singapore Athletic Association is a member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) and domestically affiliated to the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) and the Peoples’ Association (PA). SAA is responsible - by its legal status, its recognition from the IAAF and its own constitution - for sanctioning, promoting, expanding, and strengthening athletics and road race in Singapore.

Founded in 1934, SAA’s historic footprints began more than 70 years ago when we opened our doors to Singapore’s early athletes at the Farrer Park Stadium. Since 2011, SAA has gained the Charity status and boasting a membership of 21 affiliate institutions, SAA continues to build on its proud history and tradition as Singapore’s governing body in athletics and road race.

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing
In Singapore, SPH publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 3 million individuals or 77 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications. SPH also publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. SPH's subsidiaries, Straits Times Press and Focus Publishing, produce quality books and periodicals in English and Chinese.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 263 million page views with 18 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH's online and new media initiatives include an online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; Stomp, omy.sg, and The Straits Times RazorTV.

Broadcasting

SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has an 80 per cent stake in SPH UnionWorks Pte Ltd, which operates entertainment stations Radio 100.3 in Chinese and 91.3FM in English.

Events and Outdoor Advertising

SPH’s events subsidiary Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s leading Digital Out-of-Home advertising company.

Properties

SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping belt. Its latest retail development, The Clementi Mall, started business operations in 2011. SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, has also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.