“Every family spends time together doing sports and hobbies, and those are some of the fondest memories many of us have from our childhood,” she added.
The team hopes to work on an island-wide heritage trail that showcases some of Singapore’s oldest and most iconic sports facilities. Heritage galleries may be set up on certain sites.
Facilities that may feature on the trail include a preserved building from the former Yan Kit Pool, which was Singapore’s second public swimming complex; Toa Payoh Stadium, Sports Hall and Swimming Complex, which hosted the 1973 Southeast Asian Peninsular Games; and the Queenstown Sports Complex, which was one of the first to be built on a public housing estate.
“These sports structures and stadiums were built in tandem with the rest of the nation and are part of the memory of Singaporeans,” Ms Guttensohn said.
Some of these sites will be featured in a new microsite under development, along with content covering local sports history, personalities, competitions and communities.
National swimmer Toh Wei Soong, who in 2019 interviewed generations of athletes while making a documentary film about Farrer Park’s sporting legacy, said many had stories that had previously gone untold.
The 23-year-old hopes the new division will be able to capture such stories to inspire current and future athletes.
“Singapore has a number of older athletes who have proudly flown our flag over the past decades,” he added.
“I hope the new division can prioritize connecting generations of athletes, as I believe it is our responsibility as current athletes and heirs to past legacies to pay homage to previous generations. , lest we too be forgotten by future Singaporeans.”
The team will also look into the conservation of structures of sporting heritage significance and hope to partner with other government agencies, as well as non-governmental organizations in their outreach efforts.
On the one hand, it will feed its plans into the National Heritage Council’s next five-year plan launched in 2023, which outlines strategies for the heritage and museums sector.
But for now, Dr Aplin is focused on writing two books – one commemorating 50 years of SportSG, which will be published next year, and another which will serve as a prologue and is scheduled for release. This year.