Dec 05, 2002

Seagate Creates Unique Training Program For Largest Contingent Participating In Starwalk 2002

PENANG, Malaysia - Seagate Technology is recognized as the world's leading manufacturer of disc drives, but the Company also places a high level of importance on developing and encouraging a balanced lifestyle for its employees.

The management of Penang Seagate Industries (M) Sdn Bhd which manufactures sliders for the Company's disc drives reiterated this concept by encouraging employees and their family members to participate in the largest walk event in the north, Starwalk 2002.

Lee Hock Chuan, Seagate Human Resources director said, "To prepare for the event, a series of competitive walking clinics and other training activities have been scheduled over a period of one month. The first clinic was recently held at the Seagate premises where 2 professional competitive walking coaches from the Penang Amateur Athletic Association were brought in to conduct a demonstration".

During the talk by coach P. Podim Hatia, employees were given tips on the do's and don'ts of competitive walking, proper sports attire, what to eat prior to the event and the benefits of walking. There was also a demonstration of warm-up exercises and competitive walking techniques by coach Mohd Rasool Mydin. Employees eagerly put these tips to practice during the session, even those who were still clad in their office wear.

"More clinics are in store and we have also planned training sessions at locations such as the Penang Indoor Sports Arena, Bukit Jambul and the Botanical Gardens for the employees and their families," added Lee.

508 employees and their families have signed up for Starwalk, making Seagate the largest contingent at this years Starwalk. To acknowledge their commitment to healthy living and spending quality time together as a family, Seagate will be reimbursing the registration fees for all employees and family members who finish the walk.

With a sponsorship of RM15,000 for Starwalk 2002, Seagate is in fact the only multinational identified as a main sponsor.

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