Create your video by listening to and selecting any of the audio extracts from the fifty (50) oral history interviewees.

In this section, you will find interviews from the theme – Sports.

Ahmad Osman Merican  [Accession No: 2672] [Full interview]

A former national hurdler, Osman won three medals at the 1965 Southeast Asian Peninsular (SEAP) Games in Kuala Lumpur, including the 110m hurdles event, breaking the Games record. He also won gold at the 1967 SEAP Games, and silver at the 1969 SEAP Games, and was the Games’ oldest athlete to compete then. He later quit athletics and turned to coaching.

1. 1965 SEAP Games: The Day Before [ Download ]


2. SEA Games, 1965: Baton-passing Technique [ Download ]


Dollah Kassim   [Accession No: 2793] [Full interview]

One of Singapore’s most famous footballers, Dollah Kassim helped Singapore win the Malaysia Cup in 1977. Dubbed the ‘Gelek King’ for his superior ball control and extraordinary dribbling skills, Dollah was also part of the team which reached the semi-finals of the SEAP Games in 1973, held at the then newly opened National Stadium.

1. Being in the National Team Changed His Life [ Download ]


2. Building Team Spirit [ Download ]


3. Malaysia Cup, 1977 [ Download ]


KEE, Soon Bee   [Accession No: 1808] [Full interview]

A former national coach for swimming, Kee Soon Bee started the Singapore Chinese Swimming Club’s swimming programme and the Singapore Swimming Club (SSC) swimming team. In 1974, he left SSC to start People’s Association Youth Swimming Club (PAYSC). He was also involved in the 1951 Asian Games, the 1952 and 1956 Olympic Games, and the 1958 Melbourne Olympics. He then joined the American Swimming Coaches Association (AMSCA), and eventually retired.

1. The Talented Junie Sng [ Download ]


2. How Swimmers Get Ready for Competition [ Download ]


KUNALAN, C.   [Accession No: 2572] [Full interview]

A former national sprinter, C. Kunalan has 15 SEAP Games medals and five Asian Games medals to his name. He also participated in two Olympic Games (Tokyo, 1964 and Mexico City, 1968), and was one of the 23 members of the Singapore Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee (SYOGOC). His timing of 10.38 seconds in the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games 100 metres was a national record which stood for 33 years.

1. Asian Games [ Download ]


2. Preparing for Competition [ Download ]


ONG, Poh Lim  [Accession No: 1932] [Full interview]

One of the greatest badminton players of the late 1940s and 1950s, Ong Poh Lim invented the backhand flick serve, dubbed the ‘crocodile serve’. Known for his quickness and his aggressive and unorthodox playing style, Ong also made history by capturing the Singapore Open singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles over three consecutive years, from 1953 to 1955. After his professional career, he was involved in the F&N badminton training scheme as a coach.

1. Playing Against the Best [ Download ]


2. A Crocodile Serve: Hit or Slice? [ Download ]


OON, Jin Teik   [Accession No: 3592] [Full interview]

Former national swimmer and CEO of the Singapore Sports Hub, Oon Jin Teik competed in three events at the 1984 Summer Olympics. He went to Anglo-Chinese School (ACS), and Brigham Young University (BYU), where it was conducive for student athletes. Interviewee was also a member of the People’s Association Youth Swimming Club (PAYSC) during the 1970s. When he was with the Singapore Sports Council (SSC), he helped introduce a coaching programme which trained coaches to train athletes from beginners to elites.

1. The SEA Games at Toa Payoh [ Download ]


2. Exchanging Knowledge with the Canadian Athletes [ Download ]


PAINE, Eric   [Accession No: 3406] [Full interview]

Born on 14th October, 1949, Eric Paine was Singapore’s national football team goalkeeper. Paine first played for the national team in 1968, but hung up his boots in 1971. He made a comeback after that, playing for SAFSA and was eventually selected back into the national team through merit. He then got injured and subsequently retired from the national team in 1978, and became a full-time soldier until 1994. Thereafter, he went into the leather business for three years before helping Quah Kim Song manage Tampines Rovers.

1. Uncle Choo’s Training Tactics [ Download ]


2. Being Recognised for his Craft [ Download ]


TAN, Eng Liang (Dr)  [Accession No: 1951] [Full interview]

A former national water polo player, Dr Tan Eng Liang represented Singapore at several major competitions, including the Melbourne 1956 Olympics. He studied at University of Malaya (UM) and was the first Rhode scholar from Singapore. Tan was later awarded UM’s Full-Blue Award. He was also involved in the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) and voluntary community work.

1. A Pool Named Tiger [ Download ]


2. Homemade Swimming Trunks [ Download ]


3. Juggling with School and Water Polo [ Download ]


4. University Blue [ Download ]