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Registration commences for SPH Schools Relay Championships 2009

Singapore, 28 January 2009 - Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), together with the Singapore Athletic Association (SAA), will hold the annual SPH Schools Relay Championships at the Bukit Gombak Stadium from 28-29 March. Participants from secondary schools, integrated programmes schools, junior colleges and centralised institutions can register starting from tomorrow, Thursday 29 January.

The yearly highlight of the school sports calendar, the event is into its 17th year. A total of 24 races will be on show over the two days of competition, comprising A Division (17-19yrs); B Division (15-16yrs) and C Division (13-14 yrs) for boys and girls. The four relay distances of 4x100m, 4x200m, 4x400m and 4x800m will be covered.

There will be six trophies given to the champion school for each of the divisions, with the penultimate honour being the SPH Overall Champions Trophy.

The best-performing relay team will be awarded the Tay Cheng Khoon Memorial Trophy. This was inaugurated last year and is presented to 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 and helping youths develop and nurture through sports.

Ms Ginney Lim, Executive Vice-President, Legal and Corporate Communications, SPH which is the title sponsor of this event, says “We are pleased to be the title sponsor of the Singapore Press Holdings Schools Relay championship for the last 16 years. The event showcases the best in athletic teamwork and individual talent. Last year´s event saw five new records set and many close-tie finishes. I’m sure both athletes and spectators can look forward to an intense and exciting event this year.”

SAA President Mr Loh Lin Kok said, “SAA would like to thank SPH for its continued staunch support for the schools relay championships. This is a valuable platform for us to talent-spot budding athletes for selection into the national squads, especially with the Asian Youth Games in June this year and the Youth Olympic Games in 2010. "

Last year´s event saw the Singapore Sports School sweep the division titles for both the B and C Boys and Girls divisions and consequently clinched the SPH Overall Champions Trophy. Its 4x100m B Division Boys squad won the Tay Cheng Khoon Memorial Trophy for breaking the existing record twice. Victoria Junior College and National Junior College won the A Division Boys and Girls titles respectively.

Entry forms for the 2009 SPH Schools Relay Championships are available from the SAA website at www.singaporeathletics.org.sg or the SAA office from 29 January 2008 at the following address. Registration closes on 13 March 2008.

Singapore Athletic Association
3 Champions Way
Block 1, Singapore Sports School
Singapore 737912
Tel: 6386 2721
Fax: 6386 7773
Email: events@singaporeathletics.org.sg, saa.events@gmail.com

Issued by Singapore Press Holdings Ltd
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Media contacts:

Lim Jit Kee (Mr)
Events Director
Singapore Athletic Association
DID: 6386 2721
HP: 9696 1233
Email: jitkee_lim@singaporeathletics.org.sg

Yeo Siew Chi (Mr)
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications
Singapore Press Holdings
DID: 6319 1586
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 domestically, it is responsible - by its legal status, its recognition from the IAAF and its own constitution - for sanctioning, promoting, expanding, and strengthening athletics in Singapore.

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. Boasting a membership of 20 affiliate institutions, SAA continues to build on its proud history and tradition as Singapore’s governing body in the track and field for the new millennium.

About SPH
Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It is the leading media company in Southeast Asia, delivering news and information through multiple media platforms.

Newspapers and Magazines
In Singapore, SPH publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 2.9 million individuals or 79 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.

Internet and Mobile
Beyond print, the Internet editions of SPH newspapers enjoy over 150 million pageviews with 9 million unique visitors every month. Apart from SPH AsiaOne portal, SPH’s online and new media initiatives include a revolutionary mobile advertising and information service, ZapCode; online marketplace for products, services and employment, ST701; local search and directory engine, rednano.sg; Stomp (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging; omy, a bilingual news and interactive portal and The Straits Times RazorTV, a free access interactive webcast service offering live chat shows and video on demand clips.

Broadcasting
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, 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 FM in Mandarin and Radio 91.3 FM in English.

Outdoor Advertising
In addition, SPH has ventured into outdoor advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore´s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company and a 35 per cent stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.

Properties
SPH owns and manages Paragon, the prime retail and office complex in the heart of Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping belt. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, is also developing a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.