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SPH Schools Relay Championships returns for the 18th year

Call for registration commences today and ends 26 February

Singapore, 26 January 2010 - Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), together with the Singapore Athletic Association (SAA), will host the annual SPH Schools Relay Championships at the Bukit Gombak Stadium from 6-7 March. Participants from eligible schools and institutions can register starting from Wednesday 27 January.

Into its 18th year, the SPH Schools Relay Championships is a major highlight in the school sports calendar., A total of 24 races will be held over the two-days 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 championship trophies given out to division champions. The school with the most division championship titles will be given 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 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, Corporate Communications and General Counsel of SPH said, “This is an exciting and significant year for the youth sports scene in Singapore. With the inaugural Youth Olympics Games being held in Singapore in August, the SPH Schools Relay Championships is an excellent platform for school athletes to prepare for the Games and to pit themselves against the best in Singapore. We are pleased to be the main sponsor of this event which helps develop sporting excellence among our youths.”

Mr Loh Lin Kok, President of SAA said, “Relay skills made a difference for Singapore in the SEA Games 2009. SPH continued support for this event has allowed a platform each year to focus on these skills and teamwork on the track.”

Last year, the Singapore Sports School retained the SPH Overall Challenge Trophy for its dominant performances in the Boys’ and Girls’ A Division and Girls’ C Division events. Victoria School won the C Division (Boys), Cedar Girls Secondary School won the B Division (Girls) and Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) won the B Division (Boys).

Three new records were established last year – CHIJ Toa Payoh for the Girls’ 4x800m C Division, the Singapore Sports School for the Girls’ 4x400m A Division and the Singapore American School for the Girls’ 4x 800m A Division. The Tay Cheng Khoon Memorial Trophy was awarded to the Singapore American School as they broke the record they had set the previous year by 10 seconds.

Entry forms for the SPH Schools Relay Championships are available from the SAA website at www.singaporeathletics.org.sg or the SAA office from 27 January 2010 at the following address. Registration closes on 26 February 2010.

Singapore Athletic Association
3 Champions Way
Block 1, Singapore Sports School

#01-10
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 Singapore Press Holdings Ltd

Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2009. It is Southeast Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.

Newspapers and Magazines
In Singapore, SPH publishes 17 newspaper titles in four languages. Every day, 3 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 an 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 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 Mandarin and 91.3FM in English.

Outdoor Advertising
In addition, SPH has ventured into out-of-home (OOH) advertising through its wholly-owned subsidiary, SPH MediaBoxOffice Pte Ltd, Singapore’s largest outdoor motion display advertising network media company.

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.