With several milestones, including the world’s first Youth Olympic Games in 2010, the construction of the Singapore Sports Hub, and the recently concluded 28th SEA Games, the local sporting scene has certainly enjoyed its fair share of successes in recent times.
What better way to honour these feats than to commemorate them alongside Singapore’s jubilee celebrations?
Come this weekend, 50 symbolic items, specially curated to mark the nation’s sporting progress over the past few years, will be placed in a time capsule till 2040, at an event known as Youth Celebrate!.
Taking place on 26th July, otherwise known as Youth Day, Youth Celebrate! is part of the nation’s SG50 celebrations, and a culmination of the Sports Hub’s two-month Opening Season festivities. The sports and arts event will feature over 3,700 young performers and athletes, in hopes of showcasing the vitality and talent of Singapore’s youths.
Indeed, among the four categories of items that will be secured within the time capsule is one that marks the achievements of our youths – the very group of people who will open the historic structure in 25 years time. These artefacts will be placed alongside others marking major sporting events in Singapore, the impact of sports on the community over the years, and elite sporting endeavours.
Curious to find out what these 50 hallowed items are? Well, watch this space, for exclusive previews!
Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010 Commemorative Medal Set
Kicking off the first list of 10 are some community and high sporting performance memorabilia. Naturally, a commemorative medal set from the 2010 Youth Olympics, arguably one of the most important local sporting highlights of the new millennium, will be included in the time capsule. The set comprises a gold, silver, and bronze medal from the prestigious meet.
Sport Singapore – Singapore National Games Torch
At community level, the time capsule will also commemorate the inception of the Singapore National Games (SNG) with a torch that was used during its inaugural edition in 2012. The multi-sport meet for budding local athletes is organised, biannually, by Sport Singapore and the various National Sports Associations (NSA).
Football Association of Singapore – National Team Jersey
Speaking of NSAs, who could forget one of Singapore’s favourite sports: Football? The Football Association of Singapore will be donating a national team jersey. The jersey was worn by the team that emerged victorious during the 2012 AFF Suzuki Cup final against powerhouses Thailand, in a result crowning Singapore as the first side to win the Championship four times.
People’s Association – Photo Collage
The importance of grassroots contributions will also be represented in the time capsule, with a photo collage courtesy of People’s Association (PA). This collection of photos will memorialise how PA programmes have benefitted people and communities from all walks of life. Some highlights include the PAssion Children’s Football Programme, the Singapore Community Games, and the One Community Walk.
Sport Singapore (Leadership Development) – Game for Life Toolkit
Adopting an educational perspective, Sport Singapore’s Leadership Development department will be contributing its Game for Life Toolkit. Comprising a book and guide, this package elaborates on a framework created specially to promote holistic development through sports, including lesson plans for educators and coaches to facilitate the development of social and moral values amongst budding athletes.
Gymnastic (Artistic & Rhythmic) – Lim Heem Wei’s Leotard and Ann Sim’s Ribbon
The high performance sports items, on another hand, feature signed gear used by our very own sporting stars. From Singapore Gymnastics, we have an autographed leotard and ribbon, donated by Olympian Lim Heem Wei and SEA Games gold medallist Ann Sim respectively. The former, who is also a SEA Games champion and Commonwealth Games silver medallist, made history by becoming the first Singaporean gymnast to qualify for the Olympics in 2012. Ann, along with teammates Dawne Chua, Noelle Goh, Edlyn Ho and Alison Tang, won the nation’s first-ever SEA Games gold medal for rhythmic gymnastics in the all-around category this year.
Singapore Badminton Association – Team Jersey
The Singapore Badminton Association, too, will be contributing a team jersey, bearing the signatures of national representatives from the 2014 Commonwealth Games squad. This includes Derek Wong, who took home a historic silver medal at the same competition.
Disability Sports (Boccia) – Toh Sze Ning’s Helmet and Pointer
Not forgetting the para sports scene, the time capsule will also contain mementos from the Singapore Disability Sports Council. World boccia champion Toh Sze Ning will be providing the helmet and pointer that she had used during her wins at the 2014 Boccia World Open in Canada and the 7th ASEAN Para Games in Myanmar.
Singapore Sports Institute (SSI) Portable Oxygen Consumption Analyser
Capping these four competition souvenirs off is an interesting addition from the Singapore Sports Institute (SSI). The SSI, established to develop the high performance sports scene in Singapore and to facilitate the progress of elite athletes such as those mentioned above, will be parting with a Portable Oxygen Consumption Analyser. Sports physiologists use the state-of-the-art device to measure the athletes’ maximal oxygen update.
Having now disclosed the first set of items, can you guess what some of the other 40 items are? Stay tuned to find out if you’re right!