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Entries for March 2009


By Nur Fazilah Abd Latif


The SAFRA Mount Faber Badminton Tournament 2009 was held from16 till 20 March, Participants of the tournament were put through grueling rounds where eventually, the champion was decided.


Besides badminton enthusiasts pitting their skills against each other, the other objective of the tournament was also wanted to promote badminton as an enjoyable sport that helps one stay hale and hearty.

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By: Domnic Dass

Imagine attending a Press Conference, with a legendary panel of triathletes? Well it was too exciting for me, to meet elite triathletes such as Craig Alexander and Chris McCormack! With two days away to the widely anticipate AVIVA Ironman 70.3 Singapore, meeting the elite competitors was more than a face to face experience. It was a gift.

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Written by:  Novea Chan

This is the time, the moment, the unveiling…

Mr. Teo Ser Luck, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports & Ministry of Transport, unveiled the official mascot and theme song for the first Asian Youth Games at Velocity, this afternoon.

The AYG’s theme song is entitled ‘Asia’s Youth, Our Future’, and will be sung by two youth singers from Anglo-Chinese Junior College - Nathan Hartono and Lian Kim Selby. It carries the message of hope, friendship and comity. In addition, the theme song was composed by renowned musician, Mr. Iskandar Ismail and jointly written by Mr. Jose Raymond and Mr. Hoo Cher Liek, staff officers from the AYG co-organisers, the Singapore Sports Council and the Ministry of Education.

Ms. Sum Chee Wah, Co-Chair of the Singapore Asian Youth Games Organising Committee (SAYGOC) and Director of Education Programme at MOE said, “MOE is proud to contribute towards the creation of the theme song. We hope that the song will inspire the youth of Asia to seize the moment, unite and work towards in realising their dreams in order to build a better future for the world.”

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Pioneering event in the Northeast goes beyond promoting a healthy lifestyle to help the community as well

Tired of conventional charity sporting events? Well for a change, you are able to donate groceries for the needy at [email protected] North East Run 2009 held on the 15th March.

For an event which was the first of its kind, the Suburban @ North East Run was a huge success. This was because its main objectives, aside from advocating a healthy lifestyle, the event also provided help for the needy and promote environmental awareness.

Participants were all encouraged to bring along packets of rice, milk tin cans as well as bottles of cooking oil which will be collected for needy residents in the North East CDC.

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Know about chess? If you do, than you will understand the importance of the middle game, the part where patience and strategy hold sway. Last night, more than 100 corporate leaders gathered to play their pieces at the 4th CEO Networking Session held at the F1 Pit Building @ Marina Bay.

Singapore’s sports industry value crossed the $1 billion mark in 2007, and it made Singapore on track for hitting their target of reaching a $2 billion GDP contribution by 2015.

Dr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports was present at the Session and is optimistic about the development of sports in Singapore. Dr. Balakrishnan pointed out that Singapore will benefit economically from significant sports events such as the Asian Youth Games and the Youth Olympic Games, and major infrastructural projects such as the Singapore Sports Hub and the upcoming, Changi Motorsports Hub.

Singapore will hold over 600 international and local sports events and attracting international companies like MP & Silva and Life Fitness to invest in, has been successful. Dr. Balakrishnan urges companies to “ride on these events to grow their profile and their business”.

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The idea of waking up at 5 am in the morning just to spend the next two to three hours sweating and journeying through the elements on a gloomy Saturday morning is hardly the highlight of most of our lifestyles.

On 7th March 2009, the 9th Annual Singapore Biathlon took place along the shores of East Coast Beach. The Biathlon, consisting of a 1.5 km swim and a 10 km run, youths, NS men and of course Safra club members, the host of this annual effort, rallied at the start line enthusiastically. For some it’s a challenge, some others, training for future marathons, and of course there are the few who are just there for the fun of it.

Young men and ladies, scuttled behind the white line, spending the last few minute stretching their limbs, encouraging one another and getting their minds prepared for the task that lay ahead of them. In a flash of crimson and a stream of white onto the sand, the participants donned in their best swimming gear and colour coordinated swimming caps, dashed for the open sea stopping for nothing but the occasional breath of air. Truly a sight to be seen, these marathoners have heart, even as it started pouring, they pursued.

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By: Domnic Dass

Have you ever seen a Sentosa beach, flocked massively with “green people”? Sentosa’s Tanjong Beach was the venue for the MILO® MOE Youth TRYathlon™ 2009 on Saturday,  7th March. The “green people” to be defined, were actually competitors, volunteers and supporters adorning the MILO singlet provided in goodie bags. Boy was it a sight you could not miss.

The event started with a slight downpour and eager competitors had to wait as the start of the race was postponed to a later timing. The Triathlon was separated into a junior, senior and intermediate category, all categorized by their ages. The youths, aged from 8 to 18 years, embarked in a course of 4.62km, throughout the Tanjong Beach.

As I weaved my way through the “green parade”, I managed to speak to Dwayne Lim of Greenwood Primary School, “This morning, there was a downpour and the event was shifted a little later. I was definitely lucky” he said, ending with a chuckle, and rushing away to his friends.

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By: Novea Chan


“Mummy, I don’t want to eat this green yucky looking thing!”

Doesn’t this sound familiar? Yes of course, we know how much young kids these days loathe eating fruits and vegetables. They will either pick out every single vegetable in their plate or wail out loud when they are told to eat fruits and vegetables.

Well, parents, fret not! Cold Storage brought a fun way to educate you and your kids about good nutrition in eating the greens! A Kids hunt was held at the Cold Storage Novena Square on March 7th. Participants of the Kids Hunt are to pick out the right mix of products in a stipulated time frame. Those aged six and below were accompanied by their parents in the Hunt.

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By: Norman Tan


St Andrew and Montfort Secondary clinched the top spots for the M1 Rugby tournament but it was the Saints who won big  


Trudging towards the St Andrew’s Astropitch on Saturday, I was surprised to hear enthusiastic cheers and screams from fervent supporters despite the scorching heat. Upon closer inspection, I found out that these ‘supporters’ were in fact parents who were proudly cheering on their children participating in the M1 Schools Rugby Series 2009.


The M1 School Rugby Series is an annual event organized jointly between the Singapore Rugby Union and M1, and serves as an opportunity for the schools to pit their skills with one another. For Saturday’s tournament, the Under 14 plate and cup titles were up for grabs. I was there to provide coverage for the 2 defining matches and also to learn more about this world-renowned sport.


After a grueling hour showdown, the winners of the semi-finals emerged, with Pioneer Seconday and Montfort Secondary vying for the plate title and Anglo-Chinese School and St Andrew Secondary competing for the cup. The real action has just begun.

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Today marks the end of the 2nd successful year of the HSBC Women’s Champions, held at the Tanah Merah Country Club. But before I take you directly to the results, let us take a look back at the 3rd day of competition.

The third day of the HSBC Women’s Champions saw a powerful Katherine Hull carding a strong 6 under par round of 66 and placing her well on top of the leader board. Her magnificent performance was matched by American, Angela Stanford and Korea’s, Ji-Yai Shin, who came from behind. Both women also carded rounds of 66.

Our Singapore hopeful, Joey Poh managed her best round so far of 4 over par 76 but it was not enough as she dropped to overall last place. I sincerely hope to see better performances from her in the future.  


Let us now shift our attention to today’s final round. At about 1pm, Hull continued her strong play and was at -13, 4 shots ahead of the then 2nd placers Ji-Yai Shin and Sun Young Yoo. Angela Stanford was unable to keep her momentum from yesterday’s round going and she dropped to a -7.  

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