Aspiring to greater heights for SG75

Current and former athletes join officials for the sealing of the Aspirations time capsule, which contains 50 items that symbolise Singapore’s sporting aspirations. They include the spikes worn by sprinter Shanti Pereira, who blazed to victory in t
Current and former athletes join officials for the sealing of the Aspirations time capsule, which contains 50 items that symbolise Singapore’s sporting aspirations. They include the spikes worn by sprinter Shanti Pereira, who blazed to victory in the SEA Games 200m, and Paralympian Jovin Tan’s sunglasses. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Over the past couple of years, Singapore celebrated a few sporting milestones when it hosted the SEA Games, the Asean Para Games and opened the new Singapore Sports Hub.

Yesterday, the achievements of the athletes in those Games as well as other outstanding performers were encapsulated in Aspirations - a time capsule that was unveiled at the Sports Hub.

It contains 50 items that reflect the nation's sporting aspirations and achievements.

 

Sport Singapore chairman Richard Seow said in his speech: "The time capsule serves to keep Singapore's sporting legacy alive for the next generation... one that tells our future self what we think is important to remember."

The 1.4 cu m, 600kg steel capsule has been sealed and laid above the ground at the Stadium Riverside Walk, a promenade that runs along the Kallang River, and in front of the SEA Games cauldron.

The preserved items will be unearthed in 2040, when Singapore turns 75.

The capsule was symbolically sealed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to commemorate the official opening of the Sports Hub at Youth Celebrate! event last July.

Among the items kept within it are the running shoes and vest worn by national sprinter Shanti Pereira, who blazed to victory in the 200m at last year's SEA Games and local swim king Joseph Schooling's swimming cap.

Each item carries significance for its respective owner.

Gymnast Lim Heem Wei contributed one of the leotards she wore while training for the London 2012 Olympic Games, where she became the first Singaporean gymnast to qualify for the quadrennial meet.

Said Lim, 26, who started her own private school, Olympic Dreams Gymnastics, following her retirement in 2014: "I have so many of them (leotards) but I picked one that's the most meaningful, and it has a Singapore flag on it.

"It's an honour to be selected as one of the athletes and I'm happy to contribute in this way - to contribute towards building the sporting culture here.

"Sport has been a huge part of my life since I was young. And, even though I am out of the competitive scene, in this way for the next 25 years I feel I'm connected to sport."

Added Lim Wei Wen, 31, who gave his fencing vest that cost about $1,500: "I hope to be able to inspire young people, to let them know that I could achieve so much with this suit, and the same good things can happen to them too."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 16, 2016, with the headline 'Aspiring to greater heights for SG75'. Print Edition | Subscribe