SPH Foundation Schools Relay Championships 2006

343 teams from 62 schools braved the afternoon heat over the weekend of 25 and 26 March to compete for top honours at the Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Schools Relay Championships 2006.

Organised by the Singapore Athletic Association and held at its Centre of Excellence, Gombak Stadium, the event's popularity even among spectators was evident in the 1000 plus crowd that turned up on each day to witness the 24 relay races.

Sponsored by SPH for 13 years since 1992 and the SPH Foundation from last year, it is the only athletic meet for school teams to test-run their relay capabilities in preparation for the mid-year National Schools Track & Field Championships.

With the Singapore Sports School joining the tussle in recent years, stiffer competition has led to a high level of performance from the athletes, complete with thrills and spills.

To add a new dimension to the event this year, the organisers boosted the already electrifying atmosphere at the stadium with heart-thumping and feet-stomping music, entertaining activities, exciting games and lots of attractive prizes.

A cheerleading competition on the final day of the two-day meet saw some slick dance moves and daredevil acrobatics from the four teams that took part, with the group from Northbrook Secondary School calling themselves "Blast" walking away with the top prize of $500 cash and a trophy.

The carnival-like happenings did little to distract the athletes blazing the tracks. At the close of the championships on Sunday, the Singapore Sports School re-wrote eight records and Victoria Junior College broke one.

Guest-of-Honour Arnold Gay, Deputy General Manager of the SPH Foundation, presented the winners with their medals and trophies The highlight: Singapore Sports School taking the overall challenge trophy and getting to keep it for good having won it for the third consecutive year.


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