Singapore Heritage Festival 2012 Opening at Novena Velocity

This is the 2nd time Singapore Heritage Festival held at Novena Velocity. This time round – Opening ceremony for Singapore Heritage Festival 2012 – Singapore Sporting Spirit.

Last year this was the venue for the closing ceremony -Read my previous post for  Singapore Heritage Festival 2011 Finale @ Novena Square & Velocity @ Novena

Let’s listen to the song – Reach by Gloria Estefan

Sounds familiar to you right? Yes, it was the theme song for 1996 Altanta Olympics in USA.

How about this song – Everyone? This song was written in 2010 especially for inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore as Singapore was the 1st to host Youth Olympics and I felt proud of it.

I even had my 2 adorable buddies from Singapore Youth Olympics Games  – Lyo and Merly too. Aren’t they cute?

lyo and merly

Lyo and Merly

Yes, London Olympics is now on from 27 July to 12 Aug 2012. With the ‘British invasion’ coming onto Television screens with 26 sporting events, don’t you feel excited with a lot of sporting actions for Singapore as well as around the world.

Yes, I wrote down something for Team Singapore. Can you spot my note on the board? Not that nicely written for Go Team Singapore @ London.

What are the interesting facts about Olympics games?

Of course there’s a number of Singapore athletes taking part in this 30th Olympics in London. They are the Singapore paddlers – Feng Tian Wei, Wang Yue Gu and Li Jiawei, Yang Zi, Gao Ning and Zhan Jian, Gary Yeo, Dipna Lim Prasad, gymnast Lim Heem Wei, female weightlifter Helena Wong, swimmers – Tao Li, Joseph Schooling, Quah Zhengwen (Quah Tingwen’s brother), Lynette Lim and Myelene Ong, shooter – Jasmine Ser, sailors – Elizabeth Yin and Colin Cheng, shuttlers – Derek Wong, Gu Juan, Yao Lei and Shinta Mulia and canoeist Geraldine Lee.

Of course, it’s Singapore’s Dream to win at least a medal from Olympics games. Singapore has won a silver medal in 1960 Rome Olympics games by our weightlifter – Mr Tan Howe Liang.

It was not easy as he had to fork out his money to represent Singapore to take part in this event for Weightlifting.

For the last 2008 Olympics in Beijing, our 3 Singapore Paddlers – Li Jiawei, Feng Tian Wei and Wang Yue Gu had won a silver medal for Table Tennis Women’s team event.

However, Singapore was almost close to getting a bronze medal from the previous 2 Olympics games in Greece and Beijing for Jing Junhong and Li Jiawei then.

Of course, it is interesting to find out that Table Tennis was known as Wiff Waff and it’s a game that is originated from England! Shocking isn’t it? As the Chinese has somehow dominated in Table Tennis game.

Well people could try out table tennis during Singapore Heritage Festival 2012 at Novena Velocity.

Of course the table tennis paddlers did not disappoint Singapore in getting Olympic medals. In fact, they won 2 bronze medals from the Women’s team event as well as individual event by our rising table tennis star – Feng Tian Wei.

Feng Tian Wei, Wang Yue Gu and Li Jiawei all had did Singapore proud. Good job and continue the good work that you all have put in to get an Olympic medal/(s). It was a tough fight for all 3 of you then.

Of course, not just focus on the table tennis stars. This heritage festival also showcased our past athletes, besides the rising stars in the sporting scene.

Athletics – C. Kunalan

C Kunalan

He was 1 of the sprinters in Singapore. I saw him at my school 5 years ago during a sports symposium event.

Sailing – Dr Benedict Tan, who is currently a sports medicine doctor working in Changi General Hospital

Badminton – Wong Peng Soon

Bowling – Adelene Wee

Shooting – Fred de Souza

He’s a lawyer by profession. It was not easily to cope with our busy careers while pursuing sports at a professional level to win medals for the nation.

Soccer – Fandi Ahmad

Fandi Ahmad’s 1 of the Singapore best soccer players and he helped Singapore to win Malaysian cup.

Swimming – Patricia Chan

She used to hold the record of winning the most number of gold medals won during SEA games till Joscelyn Yeo had taken over her record. I also did not know that she even took part in talent time too.

Swimming – Neo Chwee Kok

Swimming – Ang Peng Siang

He’s Singapore’s fastest swimmer and I know he teaches at his own swimming school located opposite Kandang Kerbau Women’s and Children Hospital (KKWCH or KKH) which is a few bus stop distance away from Novena MRT station.

Table Tennis – Jing Jun Hong

She’s an assistant coach for Team Singapore Table Tennis team.

Water Polo Boys

Water polo – Singapore has a winning streak for Gold medals for water polo in SEA games. I heard there’s a very interesting story related to the formation of Water Polo team in Singapore. Stay tune to my blogpost related to Water Polo – Coming soon!

People also can play sports games during Singapore Heritage Festival at Novena Velocity. Isn’t it cool? Haha.

While London Olympics is coming to an end, we still can support our para-olympians for the upcoming Para-Olympics!

Please support them for the upcoming Para-Olympics games. Yip Pin Xiu had did well for the last Para-Olympics games in Beijing by winning a gold medal.

They are doing the best for their sporting spirit. To me, every participant in Olympics and Para-Olympics are indeed winners despite of whether they win any medals. It is a very good experience.

Lim Chong Wei (image from Wikipedia)

Lim Chong Wei, a Malaysian shuttler, did his very best for badminton matches to win a medal (silver) despite of his injuries.

How about this special guy – Oscar Pistorius?

Oscar Pistorius (picture from Wikipedia)

He has no feet to run, however, he has to use more energy to run with his lower limb prostheses. He took part in Para-Olympics games in 2008 and now he’s a participant in 2012 London Olympics games representing South Africa and it’s indeed a dream that came true for him to take part in Olympics Games in 2012.

I know about him while I was studying prosthetics and it was quite interested to know that wearing prostheses can be very hot and uses more energy to do the usual walking and running activities compared to normal able bodies.

I think with his determination, he will be able to inspire more people as well as not to give up despite of winning or losing. Just to their personal best & do the nation proud. Well done to all the Olympians!

I think as a Singaporean, we should be proud of Singapore Sporting Heritage as well as other Singaporeans who are helping to create a new part of Singapore Sporting History for everyone to remember. Good job, guys!


For more information about Singapore Heritage Festival, please visit

For more information about Singapore Sporting Scene, you can visit the Singapore Sports Museum located at  the JWSRC at 20 Jurong West St 93 and the Sengkang SRC at 57 Anchorvale Road (544964) to view our satellite museums or visit for more information.


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