Singapore sports' Aspirations time capsule sealed for 25 years
Symbols of Singapore sport buried in a time capsule at the Sports Hub
The Aspirations time capsule, containing 50 items symbolic of Singapore's sports quest, was officially sealed yesterday and buried for a prolonged hibernation to preserve a legacy for Singapore sports.
The 1.4m cube is located at the Singapore Sports Hub's Waterfront and will be opened after 25 years.
It was symbolically sealed by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong last July to commemorate the official opening of Youth Celebrate! at the Singapore Sports Hub.
Said Sport Singapore chairman Richard Seow: "The time capsule reflects our belief in Singapore's youth.
"As we look towards the next 25 years with a view towards SG Future, it is how we strive to live better through sport that will take us forward with each new generation.
"And it is with grit, strength and determination that each generation will quietly keep the Singapore spirit burning bright."
The selected items are specially chosen to reflect the aspirations of youth and sport in Singapore - sports excellence to inspire the next generation, providing opportunities through sport that will bond the community while encouraging them to stay active and a caring and cohesive society where everyone will have the opportunity to participate in the sport of their choice.
The items include a replica of the laurel that was presented to Paralympic gold medal swimmer Yip Pin Xiu when she was inducted into the Hall of Fame, a resistance buoy designed by Colin Schooling which was used by his son Joseph - the swim star who won a bronze medal at the World Championships last year - and a framed copy of PM Lee's speech at Youth Celebrate!.
Team Singapore shooter Martina Veloso, who became the first Singaporean to win an ISSF World Cup event when she clinched the women's 10m air rifle gold in the Munich leg in 2014, offered her glove, visor and target card.
The 16-year-old, who recently graduated from the Singapore Sports School, said: "I feel honoured to be one of those chosen to contribute some items to the time capsule.
"I selected the items as they were among my very first visors and gloves, so they mean a lot to me. My hope for aspiring sportsmen and women is to remind them to never give up, no matter how tough it gets."
Similarly, 12-year-old swimmer Zachary Tan, who gave up one of his cherished medals, said: "This (400m individual medley gold medal) is one of the medals that I won at the 2015 Singapore National Age-Group (Juniors).
"I broke age-group records in all the 12 events.
"That was a very significant moment in my swimming career.
"To be selected to contribute an item among the other well-known athletes shows that I am moving in the right direction.
"This will also keep me focused on my dreams and aspirations to be an Olympic athlete."