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  Channel NewsAsia 14 Sep 07
First Tree Climbing Championship attracts over 20 participants

SINGAPORE: It was literally a race to the top when over 20 participants took part in Singapore's first tree climbing competition. It took place in Dhoby Ghaut and using a rope and saddle, the climbers were seen pulling themselves up skilfully.

The participants are judged on their footwork and poise and are also awarded points each time they reach a new target. The competition was divided into three categories - men, women and foreign workers. Six winners will be chosen and results will be announced on Saturday. The winners will walk away with a cash prize of S$1,000 and a medal.

Organised by NPARKS and the Singapore Aboriculture Society, they aim to generate awareness for this sport by sending representatives to an international competition.

Doug Sharp, Judge for the Tree Climbing Competition, said: "We've been working with them since Tuesday and the progress they've made is enormous and I think if we have regular competitions within the next two or three years, they will certainly reach international standards." - CNA/vm

Straits Times 15 Sep 07
To be a winner, go climb a tree

Mr Clayton Lee, 27, demonstrated his tree-climbing skills up a 15m rain tree as tree- climbing judge Scott Sharpe, 32, looked on. Mr Lee, a streetscape officer with the National Parks Board, was a finalist in the first Singapore Tree Climbing Championship held yesterday.

The competition was opened only to those in the local landscape industry. About 80 people took part. Climbers were judged on their ability to perform a vertical ascent up a tree using a rope, as well as their climbing speed and poise, among other criteria. The results of the competition will be released today.

The contest was part of the Green Thumbs 2007 event, held at the open field in front of Park Mall in Penang Road. The event, which ends today, showcases the skills of the local landscape workforce through contests and exhibitions, and has activities for the public.

Those who want to try tree climbing can get to do so under the guidance of experts from 4pm to 6pm today. Admission is free.

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