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School running rivalries renewed at the 2008 SPH Schools Relay Championships

Singapore , 27 March 2008 – Get set for a weekend of high-octane relay action as the SPH Schools Relay Championships sprints off at the Yio Chu Kang Stadium this weekend of 29-30 March 2008.

A total of 55 schools have signed up for this year´s competition, an increase of 20% from last year. There will also be 48 more teams taking part, up from 290 the previous year. Among these, 14 schools – two co-ed schools, four junior colleges and eight single-gender schools– will be sending in full squads and taking part in all the events that they are eligible for.

Although Singapore Sports School is the heavy favourite to retain the SPH Overall Challenge trophy, the competition is far from being a one-horse race.

In the “A” division races, Anderson Junior College, Saint Andrew´s Junior College, National Junior College and Victoria Junior College are represented in all 8 relays races and will head off against contenders such as Catholic Junior College and Raffles Junior College in what promises to be a keen and intense competition.

In the “B” and “C” division races, running rivalries will be renewed between adversaries such as Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), Catholic High School and Saint Patrick´s School in the boys category; and between Cedar Girls Secondary School, Nanyang Girls´ High School and Raffles Girls´ Secondary School.

Ms Ginney Lim, Executive Vice-President, Legal and Corporate Communications, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), which is the title sponsor of this event, says “The strong response for the SPH Schools Relay 2008 from the schools testifies to its importance in the local sports calendar. With Singapore hosting the inaugural Youth Olympic Games in 2010, identifying promising young athletes for Singapore is critical for us to achieve sports glory. SPH is pleased to support this event which helps to identify fresh athletic talent for Singapore.”

The penultimate prize for the SPH Schools Relays is the SPH Overall Challenge Trophy to be given to the school which has consistently performed over the two days of competitions. There will be six trophies given out to the champion team for each of the divisions, for both the boys and girls categories. A total of 72 medals are at stake for the top three teams of each of the 24 relay races.

For the first time this year, the winning relay team that breaks the schools or national record by the largest margin will be honoured with the Tay Cheng Khoon Memorial Trophy. Named after the late Straits Times Sports Editor who passed away in July 2007, the trophy is a tribute to his efforts as a former school teacher, sportsman and sports mentor who was passionate about sports and helping youths develop and nurture through sports.

Mr Loh Lin Kok, President of the Singapore Athletic Association says, “I have known Cheng Khoon as an advocate of school sports and as a personal friend. I am pleased that SAA can pay tribute to him with the creation of the Tay Cheng Khoon Memorial Trophy to honour the best performing record-breaking relay team.”

Mr Han Fook Kwang, Editor of The Straits Times, says, “Cheng Khoon would have been delighted to have this trophy named after him. He would know that in relay races you need both individual ability and team work. That´s what makes these races so exciting and fun to watch. And that´s why SPH has supported this competition since 1992.”

As the guest of honour for the event, Mr Han will be presenting the SPH Overall Challenge Trophy and the Tay Cheng Khoon Memorial Trophy on 30 March 2008.

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Singapore Athletic Association
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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 (SPH)

Newspapers and Magazines
Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is the leading media company in Singapore, delivering news and information through print, Internet and broadcasting platforms. In Singapore, it publishes 14 newspapers in four languages. Every day, 2.9 million individuals or 81 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH also publishes and produces over 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 110 million pageviews with 7 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; and STOMP (Straits Times Online Mobile Print), a portal that connects, engages and interacts with readers on the Web and via mobile phone messaging.

SPH has a 20 percent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8, U and TV Mobile, and a 40 percent stake in MediaCorp Press Pte Ltd, which publishes the free newspaper, Today. In the radio business, SPH has a 80 percent 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 percent stake in TOM Outdoor Media Group, a leading outdoor advertising company in China.

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.