Swimming: Schoolings appoint representative to handle all engagements

Mr Colin Schooling (left) said that his family, consisting of son Joseph and wife May, will be represented by Hafidz Ja'afar with immediate effect.
Mr Colin Schooling (left) said that his family, consisting of son Joseph and wife May, will be represented by Hafidz Ja'afar with immediate effect. ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI

SINGAPORE - Singapore's first Olympic champion Joseph Schooling will be represented by former Singapore Swimming Association marketing and communications director Hafidz Ja'afar with immediate effect.

An e-mailed statement sent by Joseph's father Colin said Hafidz "will act on behalf of the Schooling family in all possible (matters) that are related to the family".

Hafidz had resigned from the SSA last week, citing personal reasons.

Schooling's media and commercial engagements swelled after he won the 100m butterfly at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. He beat Michael Phelps, Chad le Clos and Laszlo Cseh to take gold in an Olympic record time of 50.39sec.

The 21-year-old's return to Singapore after his historic win was packed with activities from the start, with Hafidz coordinating his schedule.

The University of Texas student made a stop in Parliament, where he was formally congratulated by the House. He also held a press conference with local and international media and wrapped up his return with an open top bus parade.