Singapore, 7 May 2014 – Singapore Press Holdings Foundation (SPH Foundation), together with the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC), will host the fourth edition of the SPH Foundation National Para-Swimming Championships on 10 May at Toa Payoh Swimming Complex.
The championships, now into its 33rd year, is a highlight in the SDSC's annual sporting calendar. It is aimed at creating opportunities for persons with disabilities to swim at a competitive level. Over 100 para-athletes from 18 special schools, associations and clubs are expected to compete. The participants are assigned to different categories and events based on their disabilities, and will participate in all four swim strokes, as well as the freestyle relay. Paralympians Theresa Goh and Yip Pin Xiu have taken part and excelled in past editions of the competition.
The competition also serves as a platform for coaches and officials to spot potential candidates to join the National squad and to represent Singapore in prestigious competitions overseas. Outstanding swimmers may be selected for the 2nd Asian Para Games to be held in Incheon, South Korea, as well as the 8th ASEAN Para Games next year.
Ms Ginney Lim, General Manager of SPH Foundation, said: "Our sponsorship of the National Para-Swimming Championships for the fourth consecutive year reaffirms SPH Foundation's commitment to build a community that embraces healthy living and sports. This platform has provided us the opportunity to show our support towards SPH Foundation's key objectives of promoting community participation in sports and doing charity."
Associate Professor Mohan Menon, President of SDSC, said: "We are grateful to SPH Foundation for sponsoring and supporting this event. At SDSC, we are continuously building our pool of sporting talents. Competitions such as this, serve as a useful platform to identify junior athletes who can then be nurtured and developed to represent Singapore in international competitions such as the Para Games and Paralympics. In particular, we are now focused on spotting promising swimmers that can be groomed for the ASEAN Para Games in 2015. The SPH Foundation National Para-Swimming Championships will be instrumental in generating awareness and interest among potential disabled athletes to take up the sport."
Your journalist and photographer/camera crew are cordially invited to cover this event. Please RSVP to the following before 4pm, 9 May 2014 to:
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Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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Details of National Para-Swimming Championships 2014
Date: 10 May 2014
Time: 9:00a.m. to 3.00p.m.
Venue: Toa Payoh Swimming Complex (301 Toa Payoh Lorong 6 Singapore 319392)
8.00am Registration of participants
9.00am Commencement of 200m & 100m races/events
9.30am Prize Presentation
10.10am Commencement of 100m & 50m races/events
11.00am Prize Presentation
11.30am Commencement of 50m & Relay races/events
11.45am Arrival of Guests
12.00pm Arrival of Mr Lim Puay Tiak, Chairman of Sports, Singapore Disability Sports Council
1.00pm Speech by Mr Lim Puay Tiak, Chairman of Sports, Singapore Disability Sports Council
1.15pm Final Prize Presentation
3.00pm End of event
Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Ltd
Co. Regn No. 200300910M
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 sports for persons across all kinds of disabilities. It aims to help people 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.