I had the privilege of attending the Singapore Aquatics Hall of Fame and Farewell to Toa Payoh party at the Toa Payoh sports complex. It was bittersweet event that celebrated the rich history of aquatics in Singapore while bidding farewell to a beloved sports facility. The event was marked by several significant moments and the gathering of prominent figures in the world of aquatics.
A gathering of Singapore Aquatics athletes
The Farewell to Toa Payoh party was not only a farewell but also a celebration of the achievements of Singapore’s aquatic athletes. The event brought together current and former national aquatic athletes, creating a sense of unity and nostalgia. Among the distinguished guests were notable figures.
Examples includes Joseph Schooling, the nation’s only Olympic gold medallist, swimming greats Patricia Chan, Joscelin Yeo and Ang Peng Siong, and former national water polo player Lim Teck Yin. It was a unique opportunity to witness these luminaries of the aquatics world in one place, sharing their passion for the sport.
Furthermore, one of the highlights of the event was the aquatic activities that took place at the Toa Payoh complex. You have the opportunity to witness the athletes swimming, diving, and water polo matches. It does create a sense of community and nostalgia as they bid farewell to this iconic venue. Also, the event was graced by the presence of Mr. Alan Goh, CEO of Sport Singapore, who is the Guest-of-Honour.
New Singapore Aquatics Hall of Fame
In addition to the Farewell to Toa Payoh party, also marked the launch of the Singapore Aquatics Hall of Fame. This initiative honors its heroes with a distinguished hall of fame.
The Singapore Aquatics Hall of Fame, in its upcoming launch in 2024, is a pivotal step towards recognizing and celebrating the legacy of aquatics in the nation over the past 85 years. This initiative also aims to bridge the past and present by connecting aquatics alumni from various backgrounds and generations.
Moreover, the Singapore Aquatics Hall of Fame will pay tribute to the generations of men and women who have contributed to making aquatics a top sport in Singapore. Its rich history and accomplishments.
This including delivering Singapore’s only Olympic gold medal. Aquatics has consistently excelled in major competitions such as the SEA Games, Asian Games, and the World Championships.
Unveiling the Legacy Council logo
Additionally, highlight of the event was the unveiling of the Legacy Council logo inspired by Egyptian hieroglyphics. It was unveiled on-stage bytowards the end of the event.
Moreover, as part of the Singapore Aquatics 85th-anniversary celebrations, the organisation is keen to bestow this honor on athletes who have contributed immensely to the sport over the years. This plays a significant role in preserving and promoting the heritage of Singapore Aquatics.
It ensures that it continues to thrive for generations to come. Also, the event was graced by the presence of members from various aquatics disciplines. This includes synchronized swimming, diving, water polo, and swimming, reflecting the broad spectrum of the sport’s impact in Singapore.
Also, the national synchronized swimming team were there to put up a performance to music for attending guests. They recently came in 5 at the recent Asian games.
Hence, the Hall of Fame will serve as a testament to the sport’s legacy and the achievements of Singapore’s aquatics athletes. This ambitious announcement was made as a fitting conclusion to the Farewell to Toa Payoh sports complex. It marks a significant moment in the history of Singapore Aquatics.
Farewell to Toa Payoh sports complex
Over the years, the Toa Payoh pool has held a special place in the hearts of the aquatics community. The venue hosted various aquatic events during the 1973, 1983, and 1993 SEA Games. This versatile facility has played a crucial role in nurturing and promoting aquatic sports in Singapore through the decades.
The closure of the Toa Payoh Sports Centre, including its iconic swimming pool, is a poignant moment for the aquatics community. The center, a cherished venue for countless aquatic events, will make way for a regional sport center slated for completion by 2030.
This new complex, similar to Our Tampines Hub like we visited sometime back, will offer a integrated sports experience. It encompasses not only aquatics but also track and field sports, racquet sports, and more under one roof. It have more than just an active SG swimming complex for public use, a gym, a stadium running track, and an indoor sports hall for various court sports such as basketball and badminton to name afew.
Additionally, it will host new amenities, including the Toa Payoh library, a polyclinic, and retail outlets. It makes for a vibrant hub for the community. With the impending closure of the Toa Payoh Sports Centre, the aquatics community and sports enthusiasts are eagerly looking forward to the new integrated complex that is set to replace it.
The new complex is a green one too. The location of the sports complex, alongside Lor 6 Toa Payoh, offers an ideal setting with the Toa Payoh town park to the west and SAFRA Toa Payoh to the east. Also, the integrated facility has green spaces and therapeutic gardens. It extends the existing Toa Payoh green with direct linkways connecting to Toa Payoh central.
Wrapping up a chapter
In conclusion, the Singapore Aquatics Hall of Fame and Farewell to Toa Payoh party was a memorable event. It celebrates the past, present, and future of aquatics in Singapore. Also, bringing together prominent figures in the world of aquatics. It relived the glory days of the Toa Payoh Sports Centre while looking forward to the promising future of the new integrated complex.
The launch of the Aquatics Hall of Fame is a significant step toward preserving the legacy of Singapore’s aquatics heroes. It fosters a sense of unity and inclusivity within the aquatics community. As the Toa Payoh Sports Centre bids farewell, it paves the way for a new era of sports and community engagement in Singapore.
Many thanks to the Singapore Aquatics for inviting me to attend their event.