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Stories of Grit, Determination and Courage for the Masses

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Stories of grit, determination and courage for the masses

The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) commemorated 50 of Singapore’s most inspiring sports stories in a book titled “50est: Stirring Stories for the Singapore Soul”. The book and its accompanying photo exhibition were launched by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Manpower, Minister for Social and Family Development and President of the Singapore National Olympic Council at the Sports Hub Library today.

 

The stories in the 204-page book celebrate the human spirit capturing the grittiest, the boldest and the toughest beyond the sporting feats. Pioneer sporting champions join national athletes and teams in this collection of 50 profiles which varies from representatives in athletics to contract bridge and squash.

 

“This collection represents just a fraction of many other inspiring stories of our athletes’ endeavours, many of which are still waiting to be told. The SNOC is pleased to play the role of sharing some of these stories to the public. 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,” said Mr Chris Chan, Secretary-General of the SNOC.

 

An example of grit is told through 32-year-old Mr Lim Yao Xiang, a former national water polo player and fin swimmer, who shared his setbacks and journey in the book. Resilient in the face of difficulties, he struggled to transit as a promising age-group swimmer to the national level and failed to make the cut to get into the SEA Games team. Undeterred, he shifted his focus to fin swimming and made it to the 2003 SEA Games squad to win a gold medal. His second attempt at SEA Games success was fulfilled when his hard work earned him a coveted spot in the men’s water polo team. Now a PE teacher at Raffles Institution and water polo coach, he said, “My story is very simple. It just says hard work and passion do pay off.”

 

Explaining the importance of sharing stories of our local athletes, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin said, “More significant than their triumphs must be the way they overcame all kinds of odds to fulfil their dreams. Indeed for these athletes and others like them every win is a testimony of not just their skills but their resilience and fighting spirit. It is such traits that we are celebrating with “50est”, a collection of profiles paying tribute to some of our best athletes.

 

“At heart, sports is an important rallying activity that brings people together, a good platform for community building. In the end, medals and records are wonderful. But it is people coming together which is the truest essence of sports. In this spirit, the SNOC would also like to dedicate this book to NTUC FairPrice Foundation, a sponsor of the SNOC since 2006, their generosity continues to inspire Singaporeans every day.”

 

Penned by a team of writers and reporters, the book’s editorial team was led by Mr Chua Chong Jin, a former journalist who currently divides his time teaching at the Nanyang Business School and his communications consultancy. Principal photographer Mr Danny Toh, an Art educator by profession, captured the true essence of the athletes in stunning black and white images, a selection of which will be displayed in a photo exhibition at the Sports Hub Library till August 2015.

 

The SNOC will be distributing the books to libraries in primary and secondary schools through Civica Pte Ltd, who manages Ministry of Education libraries as well as the Sports Hub Library. Copies of the book will also be distributed to other organisations and institutions such as the Institutes of Higher Learning, National Sports Associations and National Library Board. While the book is not for sale, the stories and photos will be available for the public to access via the website, www.snoc.org.sg/50est An electronic copy of the book will be also available for download on the website.

 

The Sports Hub Library and Civica Pte Ltd, the official venue partners, will also be organising activities for the public where members of the public can meet the athletes and obtain copies of the book (see Annex C for more details).

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Annex A – Athletes featured in “50est: Stirring Stories for the Singapore Soul

Annex B – Book specifications and project team

Annex C – Activities at the Sports Hub Library

 

Annex A – Athletes featured in “50est: Stirring Stories for the Singapore Soul 

No. Name Sport
1 Men’s 4x100m Relay Team Athletics
2 Ang Peng Siong Swimming
3 Scott Ang Triathlon
4 Men’s Team Basketball
5 Dinah Chan Cycling
6 David-Jonathan Chan Gymnastics
7 Colin Cheng Sailing
8 Bernie Chin Sailing
9 Sasha Christian Waterski & Wakeboard
10 Lewis Chua Weightlifting
11 Aleksandar Duric Football
12 Fandi Ahmad Football
13 Feng Tianwei Table Tennis
14 K. Jayamani Athletics
15 Jing Junhong Table Tennis
16 Janine Khoo Equestrian
17 C Kunalan Athletics
18 Timothy Lee & Mark Lee Diving
19 Lee Yu-Wen Bowling
20 Lee Wung Yew Shooting
21 David Lim Swimming
22 Lim Heem Wei Gymnastics
23 Lim Wei Wen Fencing
24 Lim Yao Xiang Waterpolo
25 Mok Ying Ren Athletics
26 Muhammad Ridhwan Ahmad Boxing
27 Muhammad Jaris Goh Bowling
28 Bryan Ng Rugby
29 Ng Hanbin Basketball
30 Brandon Ooi Canoeing
31 May Ooi Swimming & Mixed Martial Arts
32 Veronica Shanti Pereira Athletics
33 Dipna Lim Prasad Athletics
34 Gabriel Quak Football
35 Saiyidah Aishah Rowing
36 Joseph Schooling Swimming
37 U.K. Shyam Athletics
38 Benedict Tan Sailing
39 Tan Yoke Lan Contract Bridge
40 Tao Li Swimming
41 Teo Shun Xie Shooting
42 Martina Lindsay Veloso Shooting
43 Men’s Team Waterpolo
44 Derek Wong Badminton
45 Scott Wong Weightlifting
46 Gary Yeo Athletics
47 Jonathan Yeo Sailing
48 Yin Jing Yuan Table Tennis
49 Zainal Abidin Squash
50 “X” Sports All Sports

 

 

 

Annex B – Book synopsis, specifications and project team

 Book synopsis

Think of sports and one thinks of superlatives. Among athletes, there’s always the fastest, the strongest, the greatest. Beyond sporting feats, one celebrates the human spirit captured in terms like the grittiest, the boldest and the toughest. Taking a cue from this and from Singapore’s 50th anniversary, the Singapore National Olympic Council has put together a collection featuring 50 of our nation’s sports stories in “50est: Stirring Stories for the Singapore Soul”.

 

Book specifications

Size:                                        230mm (W) x 180mm (H)

Contents:                                204 pages

Inside:                                     Black and white

Finishing:                               Matt lamination with “Gold” hot-stamping on front cover

Binding:                                  Thread sewn and hard case

 

Project team

Publisher:                               Singapore National Olympic Council

Editor:                                     Chua Chong Jin

Photographer:                        Danny Toh

Copy editor:                           Jeannette Xavier

Senior writers:                        Team from Asia Edit & Teo Cheng Wee

Reporters and writers:           Teams from Inkspire & Cutting@dge

Athlete reporter:                     Kenneth Khoo

Designer:                               Chloe Sng

Printer:                                  Unique Colour Separation Pte Ltd

Contributors:                         Chan Chao Peh, Jerome Seow, Lee Min Kok, Radha Chitale

 

Dedicated to:                       NTUC FairPrice  Foundation, a sponsor of  the Singapore National Olympic Council since 2006

Venue partners:                  Sports Hub Library & Civica Pte Ltd

 

 

Annex C – Activities at the Sports Hub Library

 50est: Stirring Stories for the Singapore Soul – A Photo Exhibition by the SNOC

 

Date:               18 April – August Venue:                       Sports Hub Library

Think of sports and one thinks of superlatives. Among athletes, there’s always the fastest, the strongest, the greatest. Beyond sporting feats, one celebrates the human spirit captured in terms like the grittiest, the boldest and the toughest. Taking a cue from this and from Singapore’s 50th anniversary, the Singapore National Olympic Council has put together a collection featuring 50 of our nation’s sports stories in “50est”. Come down to the Sports Hub Library to view a special photo exhibition featuring these athletes.

 

50est: Stirring Stories for the Singapore Soul– Meet and Greet Session

 

Date:               Saturday, 18 April 2015

Time:               3.00pm – 5.00pm Venue:                        Sports Hub Library

 

In conjunction with the book launch of “50est: Stirring Stories for the Singapore Soul”, meet our Singapore athletes such as Lim Heem Wei, Lee Wung Yew, Mok Ying Ren, Sasha Christian and Lim Yao Xiang as they share their stories of grit, resilience and determination.

 

50est: Stirring Stories for the Singapore Soul– Book Giveaway

First 100 people to register as members of the Sports Hub Library will receive a complimentary copy of the book, “50est: Stirring Stories for the Singapore Soul”. Starts 19 April.