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Entries for April 2009

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The 1st Asian Youth Games Singapore 2009 Organising Committee (SAYGOC) has announced that Swissotel The Stamford will now serve as the Games Village when Singapore plays host to over 40 countries for the first-ever AYG.

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Recently, the weather Gods seemed to be either upset or confused. The scorching sun, the erratic downpours and the humidity, oh the humidity…
Yesterday, about 8900 participants took part in the Tribob Singapore Sprint Series - Sprint Triathlon 2009 at Changi Beach Park. The overwhelming heat proved to be an added obstacle in the triathlon.
One such participant who overcame the heat and completed the triathlon is Natasha. She fought so hard with the heat that even her stomach was burning too.

“The environment affects your ability. But before you start the race, it’s all about the state of your mind. Forget about everything and focus on whatever you are doing. Be it swimming, biking or running. I was bearing with the pain and heat throughout the 2 hours!” said Natasha, a participant from the Women wave.

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The wait is over! The next massive multi sport event will commence in 3 months’ time. Held once every 4 years, The World Games 2009 it is the biggest international multi-sport games after the Olympic Games.

This year, Kaoshiung (Chinese Taipei) will be hosting the 8th edition of the Games. It will be held over 11 days from 16 to 26 July 2009, and about 5000 athletes from almost 100 countries will be expected to take to the platform to compete for the highest accolade in over 30 sports. Athletes will pit themselves against each other in sports such as, Squash, Bowling, Billiards, Wushu, Body Building and Dragon Boating.

Managing Director of the World Games 2009 Kaoshiung Organizing Committee, Ms Shyh-Fang Liu, conveyed her excitement in today’s press conference, ‘Taiwan is very honoured to have the opportunity to host an event of such magnitude, our state of the art facilities and stadiums are all ready for the Games, and we are looking forward to welcoming athletes from all over the world’.

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By Dexter Tay
With roads cordoned off and traffic diverted, this year’s JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, drew about 10 000 participants yesterday evening.

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The 1st Asian Youth Games Singapore 2009 mascot finally has a name!

FRASIA - a play on the phrase “Friends of Asia” was the eventual name chosen among some 1,470 entries from the public during the week-long contest to name the lion mascot. The winning entry was picked for its apt representation of the values and virtues associated with Olympism - friendship, respect and excellence.

In-flight supervisor Michael Lye, 55, is the humble winner of the contest, insisting that it was a team effort between him and his wife of 21 years, Georgia, 50.

The name came about after a tussle with names like Leo and Lionel, which their son, Gordon (who was named after ‘Flash Gordon’ by his comic-enthusiast Dad), insisted was clichéd.

The couple then decided that the contest should not simply be about giving the mascot a name, but about “what the Games is about - the coming together of youths and the values of cooperation, humility and sportsmanship” ,Georgia explained.

They finally settled on FRASIA, submitted their entry, not knowing that their effort would go on to lend a voice to the AYG mascot.

The Lyes took  home $500 cash, along with passes to the AYG opening ceremony, and a pair of  all-access pass to the Games, $100 worth of 100 Plus products and of course, a FRASIA plush toy.

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Winners decided at Asian Youth Games Sailing Trials
Darren Choy (15) of the Singapore Sports School and Najwa Jumali (14) of Raffles Girls School topped the rankings after the five-day nomination event to select the Byte CII sailors to represent Singapore at the 1st Asian Youth Games which concluded today at the National Sailing Centre.
A strong second place finish in the ninth and final race secured the top spot for Darren who fought hard throughout the regatta to fend off Terence Choo (14) of Raffles Institution, the recently crowned National Byte Youth Champion.

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 When Pink is not only a Girls’ Thing!

If you were taking your early morning stroll at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve on Saturday, you might have spotted many people donning pink, making them obvious standouts in the vegetation.

Over a hundred people, including men and young children, were decked out in different shades of pink, all for a worthy cause. These early risers, who assembled at the foot of Bukit Timah Hill, were participants of the All Shapes Pink Walk.

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First 50 Participants at the Launch of the Tri Factor Series 2009 in Sentosa.
 
 Even though you can run, swim and cycle the distance, have you ever felt apprehensive about taking part in a triathlon? Do you find participating, too daunting of a challenge? Probably the hardest mental inertia one has to overcome when trying out a full triathlon will be the fear of facing up to the gruelling demands of the course itself. Now there is an opportunity to water down this level of fear, and rise up to the challenge, through the TRI-FACTOR SERIES 2009.
 
TRI-FACTOR SERIES 2009, as the name suggests, is essentially a series of 4 races. The first 3 races are individually dedicated to each of the different ‘factors’ in a triathlon - Swim (3 May), Bike (14 June) and Run (2 August). The 4th and final race will be a culmination of the series, bringing together all the disciplines into 1 full triathlon race on 13 September. In short, participants get to try out each leg of a triathlon first in separate attempts, before going for a complete triathlon.

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07
 The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) announced today that it will be channeling $58.8 million to the National Sports Associations (NSAs) for this financial year (FY 2009). This piece of news comes as the latest addition to a strategic plan aimed at building capabilities across the various sport sectors.

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07

 
Investing in Long Term Development Programmes

The Singapore Sports Council (SSC) announced today that it will be investing in long-term development programmes to provide the foundation to grow Singapore’s pool of potential athletes and to create more opportunities for athletes beyond their sporting careers.

These programmes, of which some have already been implemented, target to develop the next generation of athletes, coaches, officials, sports journalists and photographers. This is part of working towards a broader goal of creating a more vibrant sports culture, while revving up the sporting scene here in Singapore.

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