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SPH Foundation hosts National Para-Swimming Championships for third consecutive year

Singapore, 12 September 2013 – Singapore Press Holdings Foundation (SPH Foundation), together with the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC), will host the third edition of the SPH Foundation National Para-Swimming Championships on 14 September. It will be held at the swimming complex within MOE Physical Sports Education Branch (formerly known as CCAB Swimming Complex).

The Guest-of-Honour for the event is Ms Denise Phua, Member of Parliament for Moulmein-Kallang GRC.

The event, a highlight in the SDSC's annual sporting calendar, is for swimmers aged 7 years and above. Over 100 para-athletes are expected to vie for the championship title. 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 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. Swimmers who perform well may be selected for the upcoming ASEAN Para Games in Myanmar, and the 2015 ASEAN Para Games. 

Ms Ginney Lim, General Manager of SPH Foundation, said: "This is the third year we are supporting the SPH Foundation National Para-Swimming Championships. We are grateful that the Singapore Disability Sports Council has provided us the opportunity to show our support towards the Foundation's key objectives of promoting sports and doing charity."

Mr Henry Tan, Executive Director of SDSC, said: "There is renewed interest in disability sports, and this augurs well in Singapore. With more participation, there will be more awareness and inclusiveness for persons with disabilities."

Details of National Para-Swimming Championships 2013

Date: 14 September 2013

Time: 8:00a.m. to 3.00p.m.

Venue: MOE Physical Sports Education Branch Swimming Complex – 21 Evans Road

(Formerly known as CCAB swimming complex)


8.00 am Registration of participants

9.00am Commencement of 100m races / events

9.30am Prize presentation

10.30am Arrival of VIPs and Guests

11.00am Arrival of Guest of Honour, Ms Denise Phua, MP for Moulmein-Kallang GRC

11.10am Welcome address by Mr Mahadevan Lukshumayeh, Vice President of Singapore Disability Sports Council

Speech by Ms Denise Phua, MP for Moulmein-Kallang GRC

11.20am Prize presentation

11.45am Commencement of 50m races / events
-Relay Freestyle

12.45pm Final prize presentation

1.30pm Lunch

3.00pm End

Media Invitation

Your journalist and photographer/camera crew are cordially invited to cover this event. Please RSVP to the following before 4pm, 13 September 2013.

Deror Wong (Mr)
Senior Executive
Corporate Communications & CSR
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
DID: 6319 1226
HP: 9848 6934

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

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