Swimming: SSA celebrates S'pore swimming with extension to Legacy Council exhibition

(From left) Paralympic medalists Theresa Goh and Yip Pin Xiu with Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling at the SSA Legacy Council Exhibition at the National Museum.
(From left) Paralympic medalists Theresa Goh and Yip Pin Xiu with Olympic gold medalist Joseph Schooling at the SSA Legacy Council Exhibition at the National Museum.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) on Wednesday (Nov 23) launched an extension to the SSA Legacy Council exhibition, which celebrates the history and milestones of Singapore swimming from the 1950s to the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.

Helping to launch the new displays are swimmers Joseph Schooling and para-swimmers Yip Pin Xiu and Theresa Goh.

Schooling won the Republic's first Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro, while Yip, who already has a gold medal from the 2008 Paralympics, bagged two more gold medals at the Rio Paralympics. Goh also snagged a bronze at the Rio Games.

The initiative is a project by the SSA legacy council, which is helmed by former Singapore swim star Patricia Chan.

SSA president Lee Kok Choy said: "This has been a year full of milestones for Singapore swimming and it's important for us to celebrate and remember the significant achievements of our athletes."

Schooling said: "Over the course of my career, I've drawn inspiration from the stories and journeys of champions, whose triumphs and challenges have and continue to spur me on. Today I'm honoured to share this moment with Pin Xiu, Theresa and many of Singapore's greatest swimming legends who continue to inspire Singaporeans of all ages. I hope that the exhibition will be a source of encouragement for people to reach for the stars and pursue their dreams."

The new exhibits include three panels adorned with pictures and quotes from the athletes, which tell the story of their journey to the podium. Swim caps and medals from the swimmers are also on display. These new exhibits run alongside the original exhibition, which boasts Team Singapore jackets, swim suits and medals from former and current swim stars including Chan, Ang Peng Siong, Joscelin Yeo and Tao Li.

The exhibition is a roving one and will be stationed at the National Museum until Saturday. Entry is free.