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SPH Foundation hosts inaugural National Para-Swimming Championship 2011

Singapore, 28 July 2011 - Singapore Press Holdings Foundation (SPH Foundation), together with the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC), will be hosting the inaugural SPH Foundation National Para-Swimming Championship 2011. This will take place on Saturday 30 July 2011 at the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex.
 
The event’s Guest-of-Honour is MG (NS) Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports and Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts. 
 
This year marks the competition’s 30th edition  and the first time the SPH Foundation is sponsoring this event. 
 
The event, an annual highlight in the disabled sports calendar, is for swimmers aged 7 years and above. The participants will compete based on their physical or intellectual disabilities. Races are held in all four swimming strokes, ranging from 50m to 400m. A total of 97 swimmers will be taking part in this year's championship. The youngest and oldest participant is nine years and 55 years old respectively.
 
This competition also serves as a platform to identify junior swimmers for the Singapore Sports School and potential athletes for the national squad, with promising swimmers to be selected and groomed for the ASEAN Para Games 2011 in Indonesia and the 2012 Paralympics in London.
 
Participants this year include notable swimmers such as Paralympians Theresa Goh and Yip Pin Xiu; Khristine Quek, who was the first disabled swimmer to be admitted into the Singapore Sports School in 2007 and Adam Kamis, one of SDSC’s elite track & field athletes who have taken to competitive swimming as part of his rehabilitation.
 
Ms Ginney Lim, General Manager of Singapore Press Holdings Foundation said: Our sponsorship of the National Para-Swimming Championship supports two of the SPH Foundation's key objectives, which are promoting sports and reaching out to the underprivileged. We believe in providing opportunities for everyone to enjoy and excel in sports.  Through this event, we hope to raise the public profile of para-swimming, and encourage the disabled to showcase their achievements to all.”
 
Mr Frankie Thanapal Sinniah, President of SDSC, said: “We are grateful to the SPH Foundation for sponsoring and supporting this event. SDSC is continuously building up our pool of sporting talents to represent our country at events such as the Para Games and Paralympics. The SPH Foundation National Para-Swimming Championship will be instrumental in generating awareness and interest among potential disabled athletes to take up the sport.”
 
 
Details of the event 
 
Date :  Saturday 30 July 2011
Time :  8am to 2pm 
Venue :
Toa Payoh Swimming Complex  
301 Toa Payoh Lorong 6
Singapore 319392
 
 
Programme
 
8.00am Warm-up 
9.00am   Freestyle Events
10.00am  Breaststroke Events
10.30am  Arrival of VIPs and Guests
11.00am Arrival of Guest-of-Honour - MG (NS) Chan Chun Sing
11.20am  Prize Presentation 1 
11.30am  Backstroke & Butterfly events
12.00pm  Reception
12.30pm Relay events
1.30pm Prize Presentation 2
2.00pm 
End of Competition
 
 
 
Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Ltd
Co. Registration No. 200300910M
 
For more information, please contact:
 
Yeo Siew Chi (Mr)
Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Ltd
DID: 6319 1586
HP: 9749 5105
 
Ng PeiRu (Ms)
VOX Group Pte Ltd  
Mobile: (65) 9839 0905 
 
 
About the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation
 
The Singapore Press Holdings Foundation, a registered charity and an Institution of Public Character, was first set up as the Press Foundation of Singapore in January 2003 to help build a lifelong learning community that embraces language enrichment, creativity, diversity, healthy living and sports. The seed contribution of $20 million to the Foundation came from media group Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. It was renamed Singapore Press Holdings Foundation in May 2005. 
 
For more information, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.sphfoundation.org.sg 
 
 
About Singapore Disability Sports Council
 
SDSC is the only organisation in Singapore that caters to sports for persons across all kinds of disabilities. It aims to help persons with disability lead full and independent lives through sports. Besides providing sporting opportunities for them to realise their potential, SDSC trains talents to represent Singapore and pursue excellence at regional and international competitions. Find out more at www.sdsc.org.sg