Amid the Youth Day festivities and displays of sheer talent at Youth Celebrate!, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong led a group of eight individuals in the ceremonial sealing of the Sports Time Capsule, on behalf of the other selected representatives.
Having already been given a sneak preview of the first ten items, you must be raring to learn what the others are. Let’s take a closer look at the ones honoured with a place in the historic capsule on Sunday evening!
Shanti Pereira’s running gear
Emphasising the theme of sporting excellence at the event were Shanti Pereira, Jovin Tan, and Muhammad Nur Alfian Juma’en. National sprinter Shanti provided a signed pair of running shoes, as well as the jersey and bib she had worn at the 28th SEA Games. Her victory at the regional meet marked Singapore’s first athletics SEA Games gold medal in 42 years. Reflecting on her track to triumph, the young star hoped that her achievements would serve as an inspiration to future generations of sportspeople.
Jovin Tan’s sunglasses
28-year-old para sailor Jovin, similarly, has impressed the nation with his sporting accolades. Having participated in three Paralympic Games, the 2014 Asian Para Games gold medallist and 2012 Singapore Youth Award recipient placed his signature sunglasses into the capsule. They were worn in 2012, when he competed at the London Paralympic Games, and highlighted the ambitions of the physically challenged as well as the all-encompassing nature of sports.
Alfian Juma’en’s scarf and belt
Team Singapore’s pencak silat champion, Muhammad Nur Alfian Juma’en contributed the headband and belt that he had worn at the SEA Games this year, during which he beat world champion Pham Van Ty from Vietnam to win the nation’s sole gold medal in the sport – famously leaving behind a trail of blood on the mat as he competed with an injured foot.
The Singapore Silat Federation will also be donating the uniform that this year’s Singapore Youth Award recipient Muhammad Shakir Juanda had worn when he attained his first Silat World Championship medal in 2012.
Vision 2030 report and arrow that launched ActiveSG
On the community front, Minister for Culture, Community, and Youth Lawrence Wong presented two items – a hardcover copy of the Vision 2030 report, and the arrow that he had used to launch ActiveSG.
The former, a 20-year directory on how to better promote sports as a way of life in Singapore, aims to use sports to inculcate positive values such as resilience and camaraderie. Through recommendations that endorse participation in sports, Singapore’s sporting industry, and sporting excellence, Vision 2030 hopes to enhance the nation’s social and economic structure.
ActiveSG, in the same vein, is an all-inclusive national sporting movement that seeks to motivate Singaporeans to live better through sport. The arrow, shot by a Team Singapore archer at Jurong West Sports Centre last year, is symbolic of the movement’s launch.
Football from SportCares Saturday Night Lights
Mohamed Zulkhairi Putera stood for Sport Singapore’s philanthropic arm, the SportCares Foundation. A Singapore Sports School student and SportCares beneficiary, he contributed a football signed by the Saturday Night Lights’ players. This football programme, organised by SportCares, offered underprivileged and at-risk youths the opportunity to develop under free quality coaching workshops each weekend. These young players demonstrated their newly acquired skills at the 25th Canon Lion City Cup in 2013, playing exhibition matches during halftime.
School Sports t-shirt
Singapore’s youths were also represented by Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat, who placed a special edition of the School Sports t-shirt into the time capsule. Bearing the logos of the two School Sports Councils, the Singapore Primary Schools Sports Council and the Singapore Schools Sports Council, the t-shirt signified “character in sporting excellence”, which is also the motto of the two Councils.
28th SEA Games Team Nila certificate and medallion
Standing out due to her young age was nine-year-old Jesy Chea, one of the youngest volunteers at this year’s SEA Games. The Sports Specialist Volunteer, who donated a replica of her Games participation certificate and Team Nila medallion, had helped out at the tennis competition alongside her 10-year-old brother. The siblings also served as community torchbearers, carrying the 28th SEA Games flame during the Torch Parade.
Singapore Swimming National Age Group Championships medal
Zachary Ian Tan, too, was another student who made a significant contribution to the local sporting scene. The 12-year-old swimmer’s donation – his Singapore Swimming National Age Group (SNAG) Championships 400-metre Individual Medley gold medal – was classified under the category of “opportunities for all”. Proving that age should not be a barrier to excellence, the up-and-coming star won and broke records in all 11 of his events at the SNAG competition, with his 400-metre IM timing even surpassing Joseph Schooling’s boys’ category record that stood for eight years prior.
Framed copy of Prime Minister’s Youth Celebrate! speech
Rounding off the ceremonial sealing of the time capsule was Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who put in a framed copy of the speech he had given at Youth Celebrate!, marking the official opening of the Singapore Sports Hub. Fittingly, the event also celebrated the endless potential of Singapore’s youth, and aimed to inspire them to pursue excellence.