The official ceremony centred on the Sports Time Capsule may be over, but not all 50 items have been placed inside yet. This edition reveals specific items from the category of “Sports Excellence” – these mementoes all mark elite levels of sporting success from the nation’s top sporting talents.
From attire and gear to other types of sporting apparatus, Team Singapore has donated several items to this significant initiative. These include sporting attire from household names Dinah Chan, Lim Wei Wen, Jonathan Woo, Martina Veloso, and Jasmine Ser.
Dinah Chan’s cycling jersey
We’ll start off with champion cyclist Dinah, who took home the nation’s first SEA Games cycling gold medal since 1997 during the 27th SEA Games – despite having met with a serious traffic accident while training just months earlier. The tenacious athlete will contribute the jersey that she had worn during that historic race.
Lim Wei Wen’s fencing uniform
National fencer Wei Wen will, too, contribute the uniform that he had worn during the 2014 Asian Games. There, he defeated many top-ranked stars to win Singapore’s first-ever fencing medal. This year, the Olympics aspirant also garnered two silver medals at the recently concluded 28th SEA Games.
Jonathan Woo’s golf bib
Meanwhile, national golfer Jonathan has shared his 28th SEA Games team bib for the records. The collegiate player based in America, who is also a Sports Excellence (spex) scholar, formed part of the men’s team that won a silver medal at the Games.
Martina Veloso’s glove, shade, and target, and Jasmine Ser’s jacket
Coming in from the Singapore Shooting Association is a set of memorabilia from Martina and Jasmine. Martina, the first-ever Singaporean to win the women’s 10-metre air rifle event at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup, will set aside her glove, shade, and an autographed target. Top local shooter and three-time Commonwealth Games champion Jasmine, on the other hand, will contribute the jacket that she had donned during the London Olympics in 2012.
Stephenie Chen’s canoe paddle
Moving on to sporting gear, Stephenie Chen’s canoe paddle will also be entering the time capsule. The multiple gold medallist was also part of the illustrious team that won a total of 12 medals at the 28th SEA games.
Sasha Christian’s waterski handle
Waterski star Sasha Christian, too, has promised the waterski handle that she used at this year’s SEA Games, where she won two gold medals.
Aloysius Yapp’s cueball
Fast-rising young star Aloysius Yapp, the first Singaporean to win the World Pool-Billiard Association World Junior Championship, has autographed and donated the very cueball that he used while training for the 28th SEA Games and the 2015 World 9-Ball Championships.
Maximillian Tan’s riding crop
A riding crop from para equestrian Maximillian Tan, who began riding horses as a form of therapy for his cerebral palsy, will also go into the time capsule. The SpEx scholar had received the crop from the Riding for the Disabled (Singapore) in recognition of his participation at the London Paralympics in 2012.
28th SEA Games sail
Autographed gear from entire teams includes a sail, signed by Singapore’s 28th SEA Games sailing representatives. The squad, boasting 34 members aged 12 to 40, attained 18 medals in total, 10 of which were gold ones.
Table tennis bat and commemorative stamps
Feng Tianwei, Wang Yuegu, and Li Jiawei, all Singapore sports Hall of Fame honourees, formed the table tennis team that won Singapore’s first Olympics medal since 1960. Their silver-medal feat in 2008 was also commemorated by the launch of specially designed stamps that year. These stamps will be placed in the time capsule, alongside a table tennis bat signed by the trio.
Replica of Yip Pin Xiu’s Hall of Fame laurel
Last but most definitely not least, we have another internationally decorated athlete, and one of the nation’s most recent sports Hall of Fame inductees. 2008 Paralympics swimming gold medallist and 2010 Singapore Youth Award recipient Yip Pin Xiu will be contributing a replica of her Hall of Fame laurel, marking the first time that a para athlete has been initiated into this prestigious Hall of Fame.
With most of the “sports excellence” items having been revealed, can you guess which items will come under the categories of “community” and “opportunities for all”? Stay tuned right here!