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More than 270 teams to take part in SPH Schools Relay Championships 2014

Singapore, 18 March 2014 - Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH), together with Singapore Athletics Association (SAA), will host the SPH Schools Relay Championships 2014 from 22-23 March 2014 at Choa Chu Kang stadium. Admission is free.

With more than 1,000 participants, 274 teams from 42 schools, the two days of intense competition will see participants compete in six categories.

Singapore Sports School will be looking to defend the Overall Champion Title which they won last year. It will be sending a strong field of 15 teams to compete in the various categories and events. Its star runners include Kugapriyad Chandran, Ismi Zakiah, Muhammad Syazani and Muhammad Shahrieza, all of which recorded fastest timings this year in their respective events and categories at the Singapore Youth & Junior Athletics Championships.

Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) will field a total of 16 teams, while Raffles Institution and Chung Cheng High School (Main) will be represented by 15 teams and 12 teams respectively to vie for top honours. Ahmad Ibrahim Secondary School, viewed as the underdog, will send 13 teams.

Another award that will be hotly contested for is the Tay Cheng Khoon Memorial Trophy. There was no winner last year as no records were broken.

In attendance for the event is Mr Marc Lim, The Straits Times Sports Editor.

Ms Ginney Lim, General Counsel, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications & CSR and Group Company Secretary, SPH, said: "Important qualities such as teamwork and sportsmanship are crucial in competitions such as the SPH Schools Relay Championships. Since the championships was introduced about 20 years ago, the participants have demonstrated true grit and determination, and that they can excel in both academic studies and sports.SPH is pleased to continue as the title sponsor of such a meaningful event."

Mr Tang Weng Fei, President, SAA, said: “We are delighted that the partnership with SPH over the years has developed the SPH Schools Relay Championships as a marque event in the athletics scene. The increase in number for both teams and participants this year would make this championships more exciting and we are eager to see these young athletes competing and hopefully, identifying potential athletes for 2015 SEA Games.”

For more information, please visit www.singaporeathletics.org.sg


Details of SPH Schools Relay Championships 2014


Date: 22 - 23 March 2014
Time: 2pm - 5.30pm

Venue: Choa Chu Kang stadium - 1 Choa Chu Kang St 53 Singapore 689236 


Media Invitation

Your journalist and photographer/camera crew are cordially invited to cover the SPH Schools Relay Championships 2014. Please RSVP to the Deror Wong at 6319 1226 or email derorw@sph.com.sg before 4pm, 21 March 2014.

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
Co. Registration. No. 198402868E

For more information, please contact:

Deror Wong (Mr)
Senior Executive
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1226
Email: derorw@sph.com.sg

About Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

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


Newspapers, Magazines and Book Publishing 

SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across four languages. On an average day, 3.05 million individuals or 76 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, SPH's suite of digital products, including online editions of newspapers and magazines, as well as mobile applications, enjoy over 400 million page views with 20 million unique visitors every month. Apart from AsiaOne, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include ST701, the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds); 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’ iPhone application. SPH’s Chinese flagship newspaper Lianhe Zaobao has also launched its digital editions which include a web application, as well as online and PDF versions.

Broadcasting

In the radio business, SPH Radio Pte Ltd operates entertainment stations UFM 100.3 in Mandarin, as well as Kiss92 and HOT FM91.3 in English. 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. 


Events and Out-of-Home Advertising

SPH’s events arm Sphere Exhibits organises innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region. In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its digital out-of-home platform SPHMBO. 


Properties

SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established principally to invest, directly or indirectly, in a portfolio of income-producing real estate which is used primarily for retail purposes in Asia-Pacific, as well as real estate-related assets. SPH REIT is managed by SPH REIT Management Pte. Ltd., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings Limited. 

The initial portfolio of SPH REIT comprises the following two high quality and well located commercial properties in Singapore:

· Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property, well known for its upscale mall housing many luxury brands, located in the heart of Orchard Road; and
· The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall located in the centre of Clementi town, an established residential estate in the west of Singapore. 

The Seletar Mall is SPH's latest retail development and is expected to open at the end of 2014. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.

For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg


About Singapore Athletics Association

Founded in 1934, SAA's historic footprints began more than 60 years ago when we opened our doors to Singapore's early athletes at the Farrer Park Stadium. Since then, the SAA has toiled and grown, and is now poised to chart new territories for the future. Under the helm of a new dynamic team of volunteers and full-time secretariat, the association will take bold strides to nurture talents and work towards a holistic athlete development and making competitive athletics a viable career.