Schooling back for world juniors

With Singapore hosting the Fina World Junior Swimming Championships next week, Joseph Schooling will return home to lend his support to the event.

Besides being named as the local ambassador for the Aug 25-30 meet at the OCBC Aquatic Centre, the 20-year-old will also be passing advice to the Republic's 22-strong squad taking part in the competition, which features top young swimming talents from around the world.

Said Schooling, who took part in the 2011 edition: "Have fun, race hard and never give up. Stay within yourself, and don't worry about what the other person is doing, because you can't control that.

"The meet is a good gauge to see where you are in the world. If you see other kids who are of the same age but are better, it pushes you to step up and train harder.

"It did that for me, as I was disappointed not to get a medal then."

Schooling, who won a historic bronze at the senior edition of the world championships earlier this month, had also won nine golds during June's SEA Games at the same venue.

He added: "I also hope a lot of people will come down and support them so they can experience what I felt in June.

"It's always nice to have people going nuts when your name is announced, it was one of the coolest things I've experienced in my life."

The United States-based swimmer will also be conducting clinics for the Singapore Swimming Association (SSA) affiliates and meet fans.

Those who purchase a daily ticket to the six-day meet can meet the University of Texas student at the competition venue from Aug 25-29. Each session is limited to 250 participants.

More details on the meet-and-greet sessions can be found on the SSA's website.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 23, 2015, with the headline 'Schooling back for world juniors'. Print Edition | Subscribe