Singapore National Olympic Council launches book featuring local legends
The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) launched a book called "50est: Stirring Stories for the Singapore Soul" at the Sports Hub Library on Friday (April 17).
The 204-page book features stories from local athletes, including legends like sprinter C Kunalan, swimmer Ang Peng Siong and footballer Fandi Ahmad, and youngsters like shooter Martina Veloso, kegler Muhammad Jaris Goh and equestrienne Janine Khoo.
Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, who is the SNOC president, was the guest of honour at the launch.
He said: "More significant than their triumphs must be the way they overcame all kinds of odds to fulfil their dreams."
He added: "In the end, medals and records are wonderful, but it is people coming together which is the truest essence of sports."
The book launch was accompanied by a photo exhibition.
SNOC secretary general Chris Chan said: "The publication of this book is timely to commemorate Singapore's 50th anniversary as these stories are testament to the progress we have made as a nation, not just in sports, but also in building a nation."
The book, which is not for sale, will be distributed to school libraries, the Sports Hub Library, the National Library Board and national sports associations.
The stories and photos are available at www.snoc.org.sg/50est.
There will be a meet-and-greet session with athletes such as Lim Heem Wei, Lee Wung Yew and Sasha Christian on Saturday (April 18) at the Sports Hub Library from 3pm to 5pm.