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Athletic prowess on show at the SPH Schools Relay Championships 2012

- Registration opens from 2-29 February
 
Singapore, 1 February 2012 - Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), together with the Singapore Athletic Association (SAA), will host the annual SPH Schools Relay Championships at the Bishan Stadium on 10-11 March 2012. Participants from eligible schools and institutions can register from 2 February 2012.
 
2012 marks the 20th year of the SPH Schools Relay Championships. This highly anticipated event in the school sports calendar will see a total of 24 races held over the two day competition. The Championships comprises four types of relays - 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m and 4x800m – and will feature boys and girls in the A Division (17-19 years); B Division (15-16 years) and C Division (13-14 years).
 
There will be a total of six championship trophies given out to the division champions. The school with the most division championship titles will win 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 in the year’s competition which successfully breaks an existing record by the biggest margin. Named after the late Sports Editor of The Straits Times 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, SPH’s General Counsel and Executive Vice-President of Corporate Communications, said: “The SPH Schools Relay Championships is a major event in the track and field calendar. In the last 20 years, new athletic talents have been discovered and have progressed to representing Singapore and in establishing new national records. Its continuing success is only possible with the strong support from schools, athletes and parents. SPH looks forward to host once again, this year’s edition of the highly anticipated school sporting event.”
 
Mr Tang Weng Fei, President of SAA, said: “SAA would like to thank SPH for the many years of support and its role in the development of athletics in Singapore. The SPH Schools Relay Championships has established itself as a major event in the SAA calendar.”
 
Last year, Singapore Sports School won the SPH Overall Challenge Trophy by virtue of emerging as division champions in both the Boys’ and Girls’ B and C Divisions. Raffles Institution Junior College emerged as the A Division champions for both the Boys’ and Girls categories. 
 
Five new records were established in last year’s competition. The Tay Cheng Khoon Memorial Trophy was awarded to the Singapore Sports School’s B Division Girls’ 4x100m team, who broke the record held by their predecessors set in 2006 by 1.59 seconds.
 
Entry forms for the SPH Schools Relay Championships are available on the SAA website at www.singaporeathletics.org.sg from 2 February 2012. Registration closes on 29 February 2012.
 
 
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Media contacts:
 
Frankie Lee (Mr)
Chief, Events & Marketing 
Singapore Athletic Association
DID: 6386 2721
 
Yeo Siew Chi (Mr)
Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings 
DID: 6319 1586
 
 
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 18 newspaper titles in four languages.  On an average day, 2.92 million individuals or 74 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 330 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. 
 
SPH also launched The Straits Times’ iPad and enhanced iPhone applications, an Android smartphone application and The Business Times Weekend's iPad application. SPH's Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital platforms which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.
 
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 Out-of-Home 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.