On 24th September 2014, Joseph Schooling clinched a gold medal for the 100-metres butterfly at this year’s Asian games at Incheon, with a record of 51.69 seconds. In case you missed it, here’s a video of his win:
And now, we present ten fun facts about the 19-year-old gold medalist.
Ten Fun Facts About Joseph Schooling
It’s All In The Family
Schooling’s grand-uncle is Lloyd Valberg, who, incidentally, was Singapore’s first Olympian—he competed at the 1948 London Games. Valberg was not a swimmer, however. He competed in the high jump.
He Started Young
Schooling’s parents initially enrolled him in swimming classes to learn water safety. The young swimmer wasn’t even afraid of the water, and aspired to be a professional at eight or nine years old. Here’s to dreaming big!
A True Foodie
Swim Now, NS Later
Schooling has deferred NS till 2016, so that he can compete in the 2016 Olympic games. The then-head coach of USA’s men swimming team, Gregg Troy, and then-advisor to the Singapore Sports Council, Bill Sweetenham, wrote letters supporting Joseph. To paraphrase his mother, swimming for Singapore is “national service” in a way. You got that right!
His Mum Is His Biggest Fan
Mrs Schooling may be strict with him, but he got his strength and perseverance from her. In fact, she was instrumental in persuading MINDEF to let her son defer NS. You go, Mrs Schooling!
A Soccer Fan
Apart from swimming, Schooling is a fan of the beautiful game. His favourite team is Chelsea. (Too bad, Man U and Liverpool fans!)
He Has Twitter.
— Joseph Schooling (@joschooling) September 24, 2014
He’s homies wit’ Michael Phelps… Kinda.
Schooling met the Olympian in Singapore, when Phelps was training for the 2008 Beijing Games.
His Schedule Is Quite Shiong
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, he wakes up and swims from 5:30am to 7:30am before school. On every weekday afternoon, he trains from 3:15pm to 6:15pm. He trains from 7am to 10am on Saturday. While he works hard, he also has time some time for…
Kudos to you, Joseph Schooling! You’ve made all of us proud!