SPH Foundation hosts National Para-Swimming Championship 2012

Singapore, 25 September 2012 – Singapore Press Holdings Foundation (SPH Foundation), together with the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC), will host the second edition of the SPH Foundation National Para-Swimming Championship on Saturday, 29 September at the Toa Payoh Swimming Complex.

The event’s Guest-of-Honour is Mdm Halimah Yacob, Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports.

The event, a highlight in the Singapore Disability Sports Council’s annual sporting calendar, is for swimmers aged 7 years and above, classified according to their functional disabilities. They will participate in all four swimming strokes, ranging from 50 metres to 400 metres. 

This year, there will be a total of 113 participants, with the youngest and oldest being 7 years and 47 years old respectively. Para-swimmers Theresa Goh and Yip Pin Xiu, who recently represented Singapore in the London 2012 Paralympics, will also be taking part.

Ms Ginney Lim, General Manager of SPH Foundation, said: “We are pleased to support the SPH Foundation National Para-Swimming Championship for the second consecutive year. This event reaffirms the Foundation’s commitment to build and empower communities. Through sports, we are able to showcase the talent and determination of these exceptional athletes, in spite of their disabilities.”

Associate Professor Mohan Menon, President of SDSC, said: “We are grateful to the SPH Foundation for sponsoring and supporting this event. At SDSC, we are continuously building our pool of sporting talents. Competitions such as this, serve as a useful platform to identify junior athletes who can then be nurtured and developed to represent Singapore in international competitions such as the Para Games and Paralympics. In particular, we are now focused on spotting promising swimmers that can be groomed for the ASEAN Para Games in 2015. The SPH Foundation National Para-Swimming Championship will be instrumental in generating awareness and interest among potential disabled athletes to take up the sport.”

Details of the event 

Date : Saturday 29 September 2012
Time : 8am – 4pm 
Venue : Toa Payoh Swimming Complex

    301 Toa Payoh Lorong 6
    Singapore 319392


8.00am Warm-up
9.00am Commencement of Freestyle Events & Backstroke Events
10.40am Arrival of guests & VIPs
11.00am Arrival of Guest-of-Honour - Mdm Halimah Yacob, Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports
11.15am Welcome address by Assoc. Prof. Mohan Menon, President of SDSC
11.30am Prize Presentation 
12.00pm Tokens of Appreciation & Group photo
12.10pm Lunch Reception
1.30pm Commencement of Breaststroke & Butterfly events
2.55pm Commencement of Relay events
3.30pm Prize Presentation 
4.00pm End of Competition

Your journalist and photographer/camera crew are cordially invited to cover this event.

To RSVP, please contact the following by Thursday 27 September 2012.

Yeo Siew Chi (Mr)
Singapore Press Holdings Foundation Ltd
DID: 6319 1586
HP: 9749 5105
Email: yeosc@sph.com.sg 

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 www.sphfoundation.org.sg 

About the Singapore Disability Sports Council (SDSC)

SDSC is the only organisation in Singapore that caters to sports for persons across all kinds of disabilities. It aims to help persons 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 www.sdsc.org.sg.


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