Sports Time Capsule part 4: Community Spirit
30 July, 2015
For this next-to-last edition of our introduction to the national Sports Time Capsule, we reveal the community-themed artefacts that will be sealed in it. Reflecting the interdependence between sports and the people, these 10 items have been curated from a variety of different sources.
Make-a-Nila toy from SportCares
Representing Sport Singapore’s philanthropic arm, SportCares, will be a Nila toy made by 12-year-old Nur Qistina Puteri. SportCares participant Qistina, who is also a member of the CareRunners programme, put together the adorable mascot as part of the Make-A-Nila activity, one of the 28th SEA Games’ community outreach initiatives.
28th SEA Games medal
Without the community’s efforts, the 28th SEA Games would not have been as successful. As such, a gold medal from the Games, mounted inside a special case, will also be going into the time capsule.
8th ASEAN Para Games medal
The 8th ASEAN Para Games (APG) medal, too, will be preserved in a case and placed in the capsule, just like the SEA Games one. This marks the first time that Singapore is hosting the APG, which will be held this December, to round off an excellent year in Singapore sports.
Both these medals will signify the efforts of not just Team Singapore and the sporting community, but those of an entire nation – from the volunteers, to the sponsors, right down to the everyday Singaporeans who have rallied behind the nation.
Documents from the Singapore Sports Hub
Of course, who could forget the Singapore Sports Hub, the primary venue of this year’s SEA Games? A set of documents, detailing the progress – from its inception all the way to plans for its future – of this brand new sporting and lifestyle destination, will also be kept in the time capsule.
Tennis ball signed by Serena Williams
The Sports Hub played host to last year’s Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Finals – a first for the Asia-Pacific region. This milestone event, which brought the best female tennis stars from around the world right to our humble island in December 2014, will be held here annually till 2018. A tennis ball, autographed by the tournament’s most recent winner Serena Williams, will be put into the time capsule in order to commemorate this significant commitment.
Whistle from the Ministry of Education
Going back to a more intra-national level of sporting competitions, the time capsule will also include the whistle that Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat used to declare the 2014 National School Games open. This item symbolises the dynamism of sports in schools, as well as the Ministry of Education’s holistic focus on developing values through sports.
Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore medal
Two of Singapore’s favourite marathons will also be highlighted in the time capsule. The first of these will be the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore, an iconic run that has been a regular fixture on the local sporting calendar since 1982. A finisher medal from the 2010 edition of the run will be contributed, celebrating the introduction of three different race routes that year.
SAFRA Marathon flag
Much like the Standard Chartered run, the SAFRA Marathon has also been around for decades. It was first organised in 1992, and served as a bonding activity for National Service personnel and their families.
Remy Ong’s bowling ball
While the following two items have been classified under the category of “sports excellence”, they certainly do hold a great deal of significance to the community, especially given the fact that these personal articles belonged to national sporting heroes.
This bowling ball, autographed by bowlers from Team Singapore, will be donated by former world champion Remy Ong. It also bears an encouraging message from him, as he hopes that future generations will also be inspired to pursue their dreams, just as he had.
Joseph Schooling’s swimming cap and resistance buoy
Surely, we couldn’t leave out one of our favourite swimming stars, Joseph Schooling! A signed cap, along with a resistance buoy that his father Colin had designed for him years ago, will go into the time capsule. Joseph, a 2014 Asian Games champion, won and set record timings in all nine of his SEA Games events this year. He also nabbed a historic silver medal at last year’s Commonwealth Games, and all eyes will be on him at next year’s Olympic Games.
We are now left with just 10 more items to reveal. Stick around to learn more about the final list of prized objects that will be entering the Sports Time Capsule!